Lieutenant Governor of Ontario visits CAMH to address the role of family in the care and treatment of addiction and mental illness



    Family week: March 5-9, 2007

    TORONTO, March 2 /CNW/ - Evidence has shown that when families are
involved in addiction and mental health care, patients do better. Family Week
at CAMH acknowledges the contributions of families to the recovery of their
loved ones and to the entire mental health and addiction system.

    Date: March 5, 2007

    Time: opening ceremony will begin promptly at 11:30 a.m.

    Location: Workman Theatre, 1001 Queen Street West (CAMH)

    The Honourable James K. Bartleman, Lieutenant Governor of Ontario, has
been a strong voice on eliminating stigma for mental health and addiction
problems and will give the keynote address discussing the importance of
family-centred care initiatives.

    Elder Vern Harper is recognized in Toronto as the Urban Cree Elder. He
has worked in the Toronto Aboriginal community for numerous years and now
works in the Aboriginal Services program at CAMH. Elder Harper will give a
traditional Aboriginal blessing.

    Taborah Johnson, is a singer, radio host and children's television star.
Taborah knows how Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) can be
disruptive, and is now part of the CAMH family's Transforming Lives campaign
to raise awareness of mental health issues. Taborah will bring the ceremony to
a close with a performance.

    Events and panel discussions throughout the week will address issues of
recovery, reducing stigma, and strengthening family-centred care. For a full
listing of events, please visit,
http://www.camh.net/News_events/CAMH_Events/family_week_2007.html

    The Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) is one of the leading
addiction and mental health organizations in North America and Canada's
largest mental health and addiction teaching hospital. CAMH is a Pan American
Health Organization and World Health Organization Collaborating Centre, and is
fully affiliated with the University of Toronto. CAMH combines clinical care,
research, policy, education and health promotion to transform the lives of
people impacted by mental health and addiction issues.





For further information:

For further information: Media: To confirm attendance, please contact
Michael Torres, Media Relations, CAMH at (416) 595-6015 or email,
michael_torres@camh.net


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