CAMH Reacts to Federal Budget Research Announcement



    TORONTO, Feb. 27 /CNW/ - The Centre for Addiction and Mental Health
(CAMH) welcomes the federal government's commitment of $110 million for
research in mental health and homelessness. The commitment was made in
yesterday's federal budget. The research will be facilitated by the Mental
Health Commission of Canada, and will support research projects in Vancouver,
Winnipeg, Toronto, Montréal and Moncton.
    "This is good news for mental health research, and will help improve
services for some of the most marginalized Canadians," said Dr. Paul
Garfinkel, President and CEO of CAMH. "In last year's budget, the federal
government established the Mental Health Commission of Canada. This year's
investment in mental health research represents a tangible next step toward
improved mental health care for Canadians."
    CAMH supports the goals of the Mental Health Commission of Canada, and is
working to assist the Commission in its mandate to develop a national mental
health plan, improve opportunities for knowledge transfer and address the
stigma that prevents many Canadians from seeking and getting the treatment
they deserve.
    "This new investment recognizes that homelessness and mental illness is a
complex problem," said Dr. Garfinkel today. "We know that increased access to
supportive housing is a critical need for many people with mental health and
addictions problems. Research will help identify the best ways for homeless
people to secure sustainable housing, and gain access to mental health and
substance abuse treatment, where needed."

    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.
    CAMH is fully affiliated with the University of Toronto, and is a Pan
American Health Organization/World Health Organization Collaborating Centre.




For further information:

For further information: Michael Torres, CAMH Media Coordinator at (416)
595-6015 or media@camh.net


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