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The Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) is a public hospital providing direct patient care for people with mental health and addiction problems. The Centre is also a research facility, an education and training institute and a community based organization providing health promotion and prevention services across the province of Ontario, Canada, and is a Pan American Health Organization and World Health Organization Collaborating Centre.

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New at  Updated January 28, 2008 3:14 PM

It's new...
it's almost here ...
and it's your improved source of information on everything CAMH!

The Centre for Addiction and Mental Health's public website is undergoing a transformation. The redeveloped website will continue to be a source of on-line addiction and mental health information for clients, families, healthcare and other professionals and the public. With a redeveloped navigation system, enhanced search capabilities and content that is more representative of CAMH's mission, vision and goals, the site is designed to be your first stop for information on addiction and mental health.

Watch for it ... the site launches at
10:00 EST. on Tuesday, November 18, 2003.

The 11th Annual Rendezvous with Madness Film Festival

The Workman Theatre Project presents
The 11th Annual Rendezvous with Madness Film Festival
Friday November 14 – Sunday November 23, 2003

poster11Rendezvous with Madness is unique on the Film Festival circuits in that it seeks to explore the facts and mythologies of mental illness and addiction, as presented by Canadian and International filmmakers. This year’s festival boasts over thirty films with twenty-two Canadian entries.

Festival Passes are only $30 and give you access to all the screenings between November 15 – 23. All regular screenings are pay what you can or suggested donation of $8.

Please note that the opening night gala is now SOLD OUT.

For information on the festival log onto or call 416.583.4606

there is help... there is hope
Getting Help for an Addiction or
Mental Health Problem

Tuesday, November 18, 2003 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.

This forum will address the common difficulties many people face when trying to get help for a mental health or addiction problem. The issues will be explored from the perspective of service providers who face unique challenges when trying to support clients within complex systems, as well as from individuals who find themselves trying to negotiate services which often seem inaccessible. The forum will highlight current challenges and practical suggestions for alternatives for clients, family members and service providers. More information....

Current Issues in Addictions and Mental Health

September 2003: Advice from the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) directed to all levels of government and all political parties about how to address the needs of people with mental illness and addictions.

Reforming health care funding and delivery in Canada is high on the public and political agenda. Unfortunately, mental illness and addictions remain largely absent from these debates despite the fact that twenty percent of Canadians in any given year suffer from a broad range of mental illness or addiction, and 3% suffer profound and persistent disablement. PDF Version.

Cover letter / PDF of cover letter

there is help... there is hopeStruggling with Food and Addictions: Finding Help for Concurrent Eating and Substance Use Disorders

Thursday, October 2, 2003
6:30 to 8:30 p.m.

When people have both an eating and a substance use problem, it affects their emotions, their relationships, their sense of self - their entire life. They may feel frustrated by their failed attempts to get help. This forum will address the connections between eating and substance use problems and the importance of working on both issues in an integrated treatment approach. More...

CAMH Foundation Holiday cards 2003
Holiday greeting cards that make a difference

This holiday season, send your family and friends greeting cards that spread awareness of CAMH's role in the fight against mental illness and addiction and the stigma attached to them. By choosing our cards, you support the important research, prevention and care carried out by CAMH, and you help to create a better world for the one in four Canadians who will face these illnesses during their lifetime. More... / Download the order form

Concerned Parents of Toronto Handbook of Supports and Services for Persons with Dual Diagnosis in Toronto 2002 (PDF only)

Concerned Parents of Toronto Handbook of Supports and Services for Persons with Dual DiagnosisThe Dual Diagnosis Program at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health is delighted to support the ongoing efforts of the Concerned Parents Association of Toronto Inc. of Toronto in assisting parents, relatives and friends to access resources for individuals with an developmental intellectual disability and mental health needs. The complex health and mental needs of individuals with a dual diagnosis result in significant challenges for all caregivers in accessing the appropriate services when needed. This latest edition is exceptional and applicable beyond the City of Toronto with the inclusion of easy to read information on how to navigate the system. Previous editions of this Handbook have been widely used by professionals, paraprofessionals and family members and friends. (Please note: this is not a CAMH publication.)

At the Centre Summer 2003

Letter from Wendy Nailer / Working It Out / Letting Voices Be Heard / The Important Role of Families / News Highlights at the Centre: New Executive Structure at CAMH; SARS Support; Latest CAMH Publications / Site Speak / Honouring Extraordinary Ontarians / Upcoming events

2003-2004 EPS Calendar
2003 - 2004 EPS Course Calendar
Considering continuing your education this fall? Education and Publishing at CAMH offers courses for mental health and addictions professionals, including Working With Youth With Substance Use and Mental Health Problems and Core Knowledge and Skills for Withdrawal Management coming in October.
PDFComplete calendar in PDF
(1.2 MB)

We need to talk more openly about our mental health and addictions problems: Now we can.

The R. Samuel McLaughlin Addiction and Mental Health Information Centre, a new initiative from CAMH, will increase CAMH’s ability to reach and support Ontarians in need of assistance. through:

  • An enhanced toll-free Information Line, including Information and Referral specialists and audio-taped messages.
  • A telephone support line staffed by volunteers providing informal and/or peer support
  • Web-based information on a range of topics.
  • A store-front Information Centre
  • New print, audio-taped messages, and web materials in 16 languages.

New at the online McLaughlin Information Centre August 12/03:

CrossCurrents vol 6 no 4CrossCurrents Summer 2003
Health Promotion
Conferences / Social norming strategy challenges campus drinking culture / Is your hospital healthy? Organizational commitment promotes staff well-being / Healthy aging / Q & A: Common questions about health promotion / Urban Elder brings traditional healing to the twenty-first century / Treating the terrorized: practising on the front line / Peer assessment process may reduce methadone-related deaths / Research Update / Dual Disorders: progress in connecting the two fields / Is the prognosis for schizophrenia really better in low-income countries than in the West?

CAMH Don River Run 2003

Thanks to all who came out in support of CAMH on Sunday!

Check your results: 10K run | 5K walk

Rapport Annuel 2002CAMH Annual Report
After five exciting years, CAMH has an impressive list of achievements. While there is much more to do, we have made great strides in building an organization that is focused on the needs of our clients and stakeholders and on providing programs and services to improve the health of people and communities. More... / PDF (3.33 MB)
CAMH Financials 2003 (PDF only; 444 KB)

Courage to Come Back 10th AnniversaryLiving with Mental Illness and Addiction Takes Courage.
Seven extraordinary Ontarians were honoured for their Courage to Come Back from the challenges of living with mental illness and addiction at a gala awards dinner Thursday, May 15, 2003.
Press Release May 2003 / Profiles of 2003 winners / 2003 Sponsors

CAMH Research Annual Report 2002
CAMH Research Annual Report 2002
Contents / Letter from the President and CEO / Letter from the Vice-President, Research / Sources of Extramural Research Funding / Breakdown of Extramural Funding by Source / Neuroscience Research Department / Vivian M. Rakoff Positron Emission Tomography Centre / Clinical Research Department / Social, Prevention and Health Policy Research Department / Honours, Appointments and Awards (PDF only) / Grants and Contracts (PDF only)/ Publications (PDF only)/ Research Staff (PDF only)

PDF of complete report (1.5 MB). PDFs are available of the other sections through individual pages.

More about the Centre

As the largest mental health and addiction facility in Canada, the Centre operates central clinical and research facilities in Toronto. However, its influence extends throughout the province. The Centre has consultants, located in 12 community offices and 16 satellite locations across the province, who support local communities in health promotion and prevention in mental health and addiction. The Centre also works with government to influence the public policy and resource development process to ensure it promotes health and works towards eliminating the stigma associated with mental illness and addiction. The Centre is also a teaching hospital fully affiliated with the University of Toronto and a Pan American Health Organization and World Health Organization Collaborating Centre.

The Guide to the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health

Revised May 2003. Only available online. PDF versions of individual sections are now available..

What is CAMH / Mental Health / Addictions / Additional Services for Clients / Concurrent Disorders / Corporate Services / National & International Services / Province-wide Services / Research / Youth Initiatives & Programs


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Draft revised May 2003
A draft of the Guide to CAMH. If you have questions or comments about department listings or contacts, or should come across any errors or inconsistencies, please email
The French version of the guide will be available as soon as the translation is available.
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Media Releases

Workplace Health Consulting

eGambling Issue
The Electronic Journal of Gambling Issues

Issue 8 now online

For general information on addiction and mental health:

Call the R. Samuel McLaughlin Addiction and Mental Health Information Centre

Toll free in Ontario Tel:1-800-463-6273
or local (416) 595-6111

DISCLAIMER: The Centre is not able to provide diagnostic, treatment or referral services through the Internet. Individuals should contact their family doctors, or their local mental health or addiction agency for further information.

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