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Be Safe app for youth: A community creating change

by Erin Schulthies


Be Safe was first developed for young people in London Ontario, to help them navigate the mental health system. If you’re interested in adapting for your city, contact mindyourmind

On April 1st, the London branch of the Systems Improvement through Service Collaboratives launched the Be Safe app, a tool to help youth in crisis.

With both a smartphone version and a printable paper pocket guide (pdf), it is versatile for both young people and their mental health care providers.

I should know. After 13 years in London’s mental health care system, knowing the essentials of my needs in crisis is key to weathering my storms.

The Be Safe app helps me keep my personal information close at hand and helps me choose where to turn should I need extra support.

I am proud to say that I was part of the team that developed this app from the beginning, along with other youth with lived experience. Read more

Eating your way to a better mood

by Christina Zavaglia, Registered Dietitian

Summer is here and with it comes energy and a sense of renewal.

Our summer season is far too short but maintaining a balanced diet can help you improve your mood and energy levels too – ensuring you make the most of the summer days.

Food provides us with energy in the form of calories, obtained from carbohydrates, protein, and fat. Here are some ways food affects our mood. Read more

Mental illness: Can improved awareness break through the stigma?

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We know more collectively about mental health than at any other time in history. Through a broad range of public education initiatives, we have expanded our knowledge and awareness of these illnesses, as well as the experiences of people who suffer from them.

But that crucial next step – pushing past simple knowledge and empathy to change behaviours and affect policy, breaking through the enormous stigma that continues to surround mental illness – remains elusive.

According to the Mental Health Commission of Canada, roughly one in five Canadians has experienced some form of mental illness. That’s over seven million people in this country alone. The implications of such a large number is wide-ranging, whether from a public health or socio-economic perspective. It’s an issue that continues to have mental health experts, as well as other health care professionals and policymakers, struggling to find solutions.

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The future is here: My experience with personalized medicine

by Larry Meikle



My name is Larry Meikle. I’m a retired Ontario civil servant and a student in the University of King’s College Master of Fine Arts program in Creative Nonfiction Writing, where I’m in the process of writing my first book.

This past year I’ve felt better than I have for decades. I would not be a graduate student today if I were feeling the way I did even a year ago, had I not participated in CAMH’s IMPACT study on mental health problems and DNA.

I was diagnosed with clinical depression in 1997 and since then I’ve been taking antidepressants, with some degree of success. I tried going off my meds on a couple of occasions in the hope I could battle depression without them, but came to the painful realization I couldn’t.

A couple of years ago the antidepressant I had been taking for so many years suddenly stopped working for me. It “pooped out,” as the saying goes. My family doctor started me on a new medication, and that seemed to go reasonably well. Whenever I saw my doctor I’d tell him I was “getting by,” but anxiety was still a problem and I felt I could be doing much better.

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Stay safe with these ten party-hosting tips

Holidays are a time of celebration, and you may be planning to host a get-together with family and friends. CAMH has developed ten tips* for hosting a party, to help keep you and your loved ones safe this holiday season. Read more


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