By Sandra Luccisano, CAMH Community Ambassador
One of the hats I am privileged to wear as a Community Ambassador in our First Impressions program is tour leader. Most people are unaware that we lead tours of our Queen Street Site almost every week of the year. Tour groups are primarily high school students who combine a tour of the grounds with a presentation from Beyond the Cuckoo’s Nest but we also host adult students from various schools, programs and disciplines. Read more
By Dr. Catherine Zahn, President and CEO of CAMH
Originally published on Healthy Debate.
Mental health leaders have the opportunity for courageous change as they assemble in Toronto this week. Psychiatrists from around the world will be attending the American Psychiatric Association’s Annual Meeting, and I hope that there will be serious and thought provoking conversation on the future of the specialty. As a neurologist, new to the mental health sector, I have developed some strong opinions on the topic, and I see an opportunity for psychiatrists to transform their specialty towards better patient care, a more robust mental healthcare system and a more equitable society. Read more
By Dr. Stephen Kish, Senior Scientist and Head of the Human Brain Laboratory in the Research Imaging Centre
Addiction to tobacco (presently a legal substance for adults in Canada) is a leading cause of death worldwide — but it is a challenge to deliver effective smoking cessation services at a time of scarce health care dollars. Many who wish to quit will first contact a health care professional such as a family doctor, nurse or pharmacist for a plan, but few are actually trained in treating tobacco addiction. Read more
By Kelly Matheson, Registered Dietitian and Certified Diabetes Educator, Complex Mental Illness Program
Going gluten-free has become increasingly popular, with books like “Wheat Belly” and celebrity endorsements encouraging a gluten-free diet for weight loss, clear skin and overall good health. However for the 1 in 133 Canadians with a diagnosis of Celiac Disease, avoiding gluten is an absolute necessity to live a long and healthy life.
The Dietitians at CAMH are knowledgeable and the go-to resource about various sensitivities and allergies related to food that our patients may have. Since May is national Celiac Disease Awareness Month, the Dietitians at CAMH want to help you understand what Celiac Disease is, how it is different from gluten sensitivity and what “going gluten free” actually means. Read more
By Christine Butler, Nurse Educator, Professional Practice Office
As I was reflecting about what to write in this blog I was thinking about my nursing career. The theme of Nursing week 2015 is Nurses: With you every step of the way. I began to think about my journey in nursing, and how CAMH has been with me throughout my nursing career. Read more