TORONTO, June 23 /CNW/ - (disponible en français) - With as many as one
in five Canadians expected to face a serious mental health or addiction
challenge in their lifetime, there's never been a greater need for fast,
easy-to-use education material on these issues.
The Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) now offers "Mental
Health & Addiction 101," a series of free web tutorials for anyone who wants
to learn more about mental health and addictions topics, or who may encounter
someone with these challenges in the course of their work.
"These issues are in every workplace and every family, yet most people
lack basic information and understanding," said Dr. David Goldbloom, CAMH
Senior Medical Advisor for Public Affairs, who also serves as Vice-Chair of
the federal Mental Health Commission of Canada.
"Stigma remains an enormous challenge for the many Canadians who face
mental illness or addictions," Dr. Goldbloom said. "Creating fast, free and
easily accessible tools like this one is one way CAMH is working to overcome
Mental Health & Addiction 101 topics range from basic introductions to
addictions and mental health, to specific subjects like depression,
schizophrenia and addressing stigma. Available in English or French, they're
ideal as 'starting point' information for a wide variety of people, including:
- friends or family members of someone who may have mental health or
substance use problems
- teachers, principals and school counsellors
- healthcare providers, ER staff
- peer support workers
- police and corrections workers
- social support workers
- community service workers or those who work with/in diverse
Mental Health & Addiction 101 tutorials include myth-challenges and
'try-it' activities and are a fun, quick and easy way to test your knowledge
and learn more. They can be a good refresher for people in the field or a good
introduction for people new to mental health and addiction issues.
Mental Health & Addiction 101 modules are available now at:
The Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) is Canada's largest
mental health and addiction teaching hospital, as well as one of the world's
leading research centres in the area of addiction and mental health. CAMH
combines clinical care, research, education, policy development, prevention
and health promotion to transform the lives of people affected by mental
health and addiction issues.
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For further information: or to arrange interviews in English or French,
contact Michael Torres, CAMH Media Relations at (416) 535-6015 or