• CAMH Difference Makers

    Do you know a Difference Maker? In this historic year for our country, nominate and celebrate Canadians who are changing the course of mental health. Nominations are now open!

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  • Translating science into care

    Scientists at CAMH's Campbell Family Mental Health Research Institute are making breakthroughs that will change lives. Watch this one minute video to see how.

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  • CAMH One Brave Night

    On April 7th, thousands of Canadians from coast to coast to coast inspired hope for people living with mental illness. It's not too late to donate — let those affected know they are not alone.

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  • You've made a difference through Gifts of Light

    By purchasing Gifts of Light on behalf of your friends and family, you've helped people in crisis on their journey to recovery. Thank you.

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Impact Stories

Lizzie's StoryLizzie's Story
For Lizzie, even suicide seemed easier than saying just three simple words: “I need help.” Read how access to care literally meant the difference between life and death for Lizzie.
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Keri's Story
Keri is proud to tell the story of her 20s, complete with every gritty detail. At 32, she's eager to share her story because it's one of perseverance and recovery – and because it has a happy ending.
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Feel Good Fridays"Today brought me joy" — Gifts of Light's Feel Good Fridays
Feel Good Fridays is a monthly opportunity for inpatients and staff to take a break from the regular hospital routine through uplifting events. "I really did ‘feel good’ and I don’t think there is anything more a person could ask for. At a time when I don’t feel particularly beautiful or loved, today brought me joy.”
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AliciaAlicia: A superhero to celebrate
Alicia Raimundo was just 13 years old when she awoke in a hospital after attempting suicide. She felt hopeless, unable to control whether she lived or died – but today that feeling of hopelessness is long gone, replaced with a desire to help others with her story.
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Kayla and Eli sing about stigmaFighting stigma with 'Stigma'
A Toronto musician is fighting stigma with “Stigma,” a pop-rap song that illustrates the barriers faced by people living with mental illness.
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TD GreenspaceRevitalizing Green Space at CAMH
Volunteers from TD Bank came out to work alongside CAMH clients in an effort to revitalize green space across CAMH's Queen Street campus.
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Hats off to CAMH GradsCongrats and hats off to CAMH graduates!
With proud parents looking on, students who attended school at CAMH were presented with awards for their achievements as well as diplomas for those moving on.
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Former Transforming Lives Award Recipient JulianaChange starts with talk
For former Transforming Lives Award recipient Juliana, opening up about her struggles with mental illness and addiction changed her life. Now she speaks to students about the importance of being open about mental health.
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Sandi & Jim TrelivingSandi & Jim Treliving's gift to CAMH
Thanks to Sandi and Jim Treliving, patients can enjoy active living after a gamechanging $1million gift to CAMH Gymnasium. For Sandi, this gift holds a special meaning as someone who's family has been affected by schizophrenia.
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Paro the SealThe Robotic Seal of Approval
What might have been the stuff of science fiction fantasy a half-century ago is now creating a revolution in therapeutic care. Introducing Paro, the robotic seal - a cutting-edge treatment for people suffereing from severe anxiety and depression.
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Dr. Paul Zung, CAMH's DentistRebuilding smiles and restoring lives at CAMH
With his team of two other dentists and a hygienist, Dr. Zung helps to restore the teeth, smiles and confidence of patients at CAMH. Established in the late 1800s, the dental clinic meets a basic, yet essential need often overlooked.
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CAMH's Youth Day HospitalCAMH helping teens get back on track
Our Youth Addictions and Concurrent Disorders Service allows teens with addiction and mental health issues to stay in school. Toronto District School Board teachers deliver the curriculum, while CAMH staff helps the kids with their recovery.
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Stories - Stop Suicide

Jen with picture of daughter Abby‘Don’t tell anyone about my illness’ That simple sentiment – written at the bottom of the note 15-year-old Abby left for her parents before she died by suicide – speaks volumes about the grip stigma can have on people living with mental illness.
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Dan with picture of brother Matt“My older brother Matt was a wonderful guy"
"My older brother Matt was a wonderful guy. He was one of my first rowing partners, and we played football together – we were great rivals.
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Natalie with picture of brother Michael“If you’re hurting, ask for help”
Natalie is sharing an important message since her brother died by suicide in August: “If you’re hurting, ask for help.”
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Quinn with picture of brother MattWhen most in need of help, he wasn't able to ask
When he was most in need of help, 23-year-old Matt no longer had the ability to ask for it. Today – less than a year after he died by suicide – his sister Quinn is committed to sharing his story in hopes of helping others.
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A Worldwide Crisis

#1
Mental illness is a leading cause of disability in Canada

10%
While mental illness accounts for about 10% of the burden of disease in Ontario, it receives just 7% of health care dollars. Relative to this burden, mental health care in Ontario is underfunded by about $1.5 billion*.

70% 
of mental health problems and illnesses have their onset during childhood or adolescence

$51 billion
estimated cost per year of mental illness to the Canadian economy

500,000
Canadians are unable to work in any given week because of mental illness

60%
increase in unique patients at CAMH projected in the next two decades

50%
of people with serious mental illness comprise up to 50% of Canada's homeless

 

*Brien et al. (2015), Taking Stock: A report on the quality of mental health and addictions services in Ontario.

Centre for Addiction and Mental Health Foundation

Charitable Number:
106932320RR0001

100 Stokes Street, 5th Floor
Bell Gateway Building
Toronto, ON M6J 1H4
Canada

Toll-Free: 1.800.414.0471
Telephone: 416.979.6909
Fax: 416.979.6910 or fax the hospital

Need Mental Health Help?

CAMH operates central clinical and research facilities in Toronto. We also have 9 locations throughout the province that provide communities with education and support for program development, health promotion and prevention.

Find Help

Or contact the hospital toll-free at 1.800.463.6273