TORONTO, Sept. 6 /CNW/ - When the Honourable James K. Bartleman hangs up
his official robes as Ontario's 27th Lieutenant Governor of Ontario, he will
not be leaving his passion for the rights of people with mental illness and
addictions behind. The former LG is joining the Board of Trustees at the
Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) -- the academic teaching
hospital whose work he knows so well-and will be attending his first CAMH
board meeting on Sept. 20.
"CAMH is Canada's leading mental health and addictions teaching hospital,
but it is also a force for change. CAMH has made fighting the stigma of mental
illness and addictions a top priority - the prime example being the
redevelopment of its institutionalized Queen Street site into an urban
village, based on care. I want to help CAMH win the battle against stigma and
The Hon. Mr. Bartleman has courageously shared his own story of mental
illness-post-traumatic depression that was finally stabilized through
treatment. He used his platform as the Queen's representative in Ontario to
speak out on behalf of those who have been marginalized by mental illnesses,
helping put a public face onto the 1 in 5 people who will develop a serious
mental disorder in their lifetime.
"The stigma still surrounding mental illness and addiction is
insidious-it is the main reason why 3 out of 4 people with depression in
Canada today do not get the care they need," the former Lieutenant Governor
says. "Shame, fear and neglect prevent people from reaching help, and the
tragedy is that most mental illness is highly treatable."
Hon. Bartleman has had a long relationship with CAMH, acting as Honourary
Patron, displaying the artwork of CAMH clients in his chambers at Queen's
Park, and lending his image and personal story to CAMH's Transforming Lives
anti-stigma advertising Campaign.
Dr. Paul Garfinkel, President and CEO, CAMH thinks the appointment of
Hon. Bartleman is a perfect partnership. "If James Bartleman had succumbed to
his depression and deprived our province of the enormous contributions of his
public service, Ontario would be a much poorer place today. He offers hope to
the millions of Ontarians currently struggling with mental illness and
addictions. We at CAMH are delighted to have Hon. Mr. Bartleman join our Board
of Trustees and continue his work with CAMH," he said. "His wisdom and courage
are invaluable to the work we do."
The Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) is Canada's leading
addiction and mental health teaching hospital. Integrating clinical care,
scientific research, education, policy development and health promotion, CAMH
transforms the lives of people impacted by mental health and addiction issues.
For further information:
For further information: Media contacts: Honourable James K. Bartleman:
Nanda Casucci-Byrne, Office of the Lieutenant Governor, (416) 325-7781; CAMH,
Michael Torres, Media Relations, (416) 595-6015