People with depressive or anxiety disorders often combine complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) therapies with medications to self-treat symptoms. CAMH’s Dr. Arun Ravindran, Chief of the Mood and Anxiety Disorders Service, and Tricia da Silva, researcher in the program discuss their recent review of natural practices and mental illness.
The news of Robin Williams’ death has hit many people hard.
In the aftermath of what the media are reporting as a probable suicide, people have many questions about how suicide can be prevented.
Where can you get help in a crisis?
If you need help:
- Visit your local emergency department or call 911
- Contact a nurse at Telehealth Ontario by dialing 1-866-797-0000
- Call the Kids Help Phone at 1 800 668-6868
- Call the Good2Talk support line at 1-866-925-5454 (for post-secondary students in Ontario aged 17-25)
>> See more emergency crisis and distress centres
If you’re in crisis, the CAMH Emergency Department is open 24/7.
Treatment and support are available.
>> Ontario Mental Health Helpline (open 24/7 for treatment anywhere in Ontario)
The myth that talking about suicide is dangerous—that raising the issue with a troubled person could give them the idea of suicide—persists. Let’s debunk it right now.
If you think someone you care about is thinking about suicide—ask them. Read more
by Margaret Robinson, Mi’kmaq feminist scholar working on LGBTQ issues in health
When it comes to LGBTQ health issues, bisexual people are frequently overlooked. Too often, bisexuality is dismissed as a phase or trend, and programs designed for gay, lesbian, or trans youth may not provide the support and mentorship that bisexual youth need.
A study by the CAMH Re:searching for LGBTQ Health team raises important questions about how we understand and support bisexual youth.
Our team surveyed 405 bisexual-identified people across Ontario, and compared the data about young people (between age 16 and 24) with adults (25 and older).
by Carolyn Dewa, Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Toronto and Head of CAMH’s Centre for Research on Employment and Workplace Health
As an economist, I’m often asked questions about efficiency. As in: How do we do more with less?
But we often forget that we’re not asking more of machines – we’re asking more of people.
In our quest for efficiency, we can inadvertently create inefficiency by producing an environment ripe for burnout and high chronic stress. (See: What can we do to stop physician burnout in Canada?)
One clear way of increasing efficiency is to ensure that we have a physically and psychologically healthy work force. The first step towards this goal involves creating a healthy and well-equipped work environment.
A mountain of research (See: Healthy Work: Stress, Productivity, and the Reconstruction of Working Life; Fourth European Working Conditions Survey; Examination of factors associated with the mental health status of principals) tells us that feeling supported by co-workers and supervisors, finding meaning in our jobs, being trusted to finish our work and being accountable for reasonable deadlines all contribute to our mental health.
While we know these things to be true, the question remains – how do we do all this with limited time and resources?
Christina Zavaglia, Registered Dietitian and Certified Diabetes Educator
Do you know that CAMH is tobacco-free?
The CAMH dietitians wanted to show support for those thinking about quitting smoking with some tips.
While this may not be an easy feat, healthy eating and proper nutrition are important factors in quitting successfully.
Here are some nutrition and healthy eating tips to help manage some of the common symptoms of nicotine withdrawal: Read more