CAMH President and CEO to present recommendations Ontario Select Committee on Mental Health and Addictions



    TORONTO, June 3 /CNW/ - Today, Dr. Paul Garfinkel, President and CEO of
the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) will present a report to the
Ontario Select Committee on Mental Health and Addictions. CAMH's submission
makes recommendations to help improve the lives of those affected by addiction
and mental illness.
    In recent years the profile of addiction and mental health has made
significant progress, with the creation of the National Mental Health
Commission of Canada and important investments in community mental health in
Ontario. Yet many barriers remain that prevent identification of these
problems and appropriate treatment. For example, research tells us that 65% of
Canadians experiencing multiple episodes of psychological distress did not
consult a health professional about the problem.
    The strategy notes three impediments to stronger care - stigma,
inadequate resources and the absence of an integrated system. Dr. Garfinkel
stressed the key role that family doctors and other primary care providers
play in identifying emerging mental health and addiction problems, referring
patients promptly to specialized services, and providing ongoing support to
help the patient take control of their own health.
    "The committee should consider establishing an objective of increasing
mental health and addiction services, particularly community supports and
housing, says Dr. Garfinkel.
    To read CAMH's full report please visit:
http://www.camh.net/Public_policy/index.html

    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: Media contact: Michael Torres, CAMH Media
Relations, at (416) 595-6015


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