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November 2022

Creating an online community comes with benefits and consequences. This last year of virtual patient and family education presented both: we learned that people need free and accessible information about mental health and substance use and that in-person events, workshops, and celebrations are foundational to recovery and wellbeing. 

Now that we've opened the physical home of the Patient and Family Learning Space at 1025 Queen Street West in downtown Toronto, we're aiming to strike the right balance between in-person community events while also still delivering community-focused learning online. You can read about our grand opening event here: 
RBC Patient and Family Learning Space Celebrates Grand Opening

In this newsletter you'll find all of our upcoming events, information about supports and resources from the Azrieli Centre, as well as resources on gender-based violence in honour of Domestic Violence Awareness Month. We've also included the recording of last month's web event "Lost & Found: Queer Selves, Stay-At-Home Orders, and the COVID-19 Pandemic" in which researchers explore the impacts of lockdown on queer and trans people living in Toronto. 

We hope you'll join us online for learning this month and come by the our physical space if you're visiting CAMH or simply walking by. 

As always, we're looking forward to learning with you.

What's Happening at the PFLS this month?

Mark your calendars and share this information with your friends and family! Stay up to date with our monthly calendar of events.

November 15th @ 12:00 - 1:00 PM

 

Ask the Experts: Pain management and opioid use

What is chronic pain and in which cases would opioids be an appropriate option to treat it?

Dr. Furlan will address topics like:

  • Is chronic pain curable?
  • Can people live well with chronic pain?
  • Do opioids improve the quality of life of people with chronic pain?
  • Why are there so many doctors who refuse to prescribe opioids to a person who is suffering from chronic pain?
  • If an opioid is prescribed for pain, can it still be addictive?
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November 22nd @ 12:00 - 1:00 PM

 

Metabolic Health in Mental Illness: Why is this important, and what we can do about it?

Come learn about the many ways metabolic health is important in the context of mental illness. This talk will review evidence showing how intertwined these relationships are and discuss how addressing this overlap can lead to improved quality of life and newer therapeutic strategies.

New findings and initiatives at the Metabolic Clinic at CAMH to address this problem will also be discussed.
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November 24th @ 12:00 - 1:00 PM

 

What is ‘AI’ and what is it doing in psychiatry?


Join us as we introduce patients and families to the emerging role of Artificial Intelligence (AI) in psychiatry. We will begin by busting some myths about what the future of AI might look like and then provide an overview of how these new tools are being used to advance discovery and improve care at CAMH. We will also learn more about how researchers at CAMH are grappling with both the possible benefits and risks of these new tools. We will conclude with a brief discussion about what this might mean for patients and families at CAMH.
 
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November 29th @ 6:30 - 8:30 PM

 

Supporting a loved one with schizophrenia: Cognitive Adaptation Training for families


Cognitive Adaptation Training (CAT) is a practical, evidence-based approach for families and caregivers of adults living with schizophrenia. In this interactive workshop you will gain strategies and tools to help your loved one build independence in taking care of themselves, their spaces, and participating in their communities.
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November 17th @ 12:00 - 1:00 PM

 

Caregiver Lunch & Unlearn: Autistic Adults and Mental Health:
What is mindfulness, really?

Unlearning is not about teaching people that what they know is wrong. This series aims to provide an empowering space to examine what we think we know & consider different perspectives.

Alongside Yona Lunsky (Director of the Azrieli Adult Neurodevelopmental Centre, caregiver, & mindfulness researcher), caregivers will explore:

• What is the concept of mindfulness & what it is not

• Things to consider about mindfulness-programs

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November 23rd @ 12:00 - 1:00 PM

 

Sleep and Mental Health Series: Circadian Rhythms

Join Drs. Zachary Adirim and Michael Mak to learn about your internal body clock and how it regulates our mood and bodily processes. We will review the possible effects to your mind and body if your internal body clock is out of sync, and learn tips to ensure that your internal body clock is synchronized with the natural environment for better health.

 



 

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November 30th @ 12:00 - 1:00 PM

 

Ask the Experts: Mental Health and Stroke


Many people experience changes in their mental health after suffering a stroke. This can include symptoms of depression and anxiety, as well as others. Some of the symptoms may be related to biological changes in the brain, while others are likely more related to the psychological effect of stroke.

In this presentation, Drs. Kathleen Sheehan (psychiatrist) and Aleksandra Pikula (neurologist) will talk about the impact of stroke on people's mental health and ways of coping and managing with these.

 
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Our Friends at CAMH

Collaborative Learning College


The Collaborative Learning College is a recovery college that offers FREE non-clinical education and training programs offered to people who have lived/living experience of mental health and/or substance use challenges, and who feel ready to set goals, gain skills and make social connections as part of their personal journey. Check out the CLC's online calendar here: https://clc.camh.ca

 

Family Resource Centre


The Family Resource Centre (FRC) supports family members to find family supports at CAMH or in their communities. This includes connecting families to one-on-one support, group support, or educational supports. They also provide informational and educational materials relating to mental health and addictions.

Hours: Monday to Friday 11:00am to 5:00pm, accessible in person in the Patient and Family Learning Space at 1025 Queen Street West, Ground Floor and by phone and email. 
T: 416 535 8501 ex. 33202  E:
family.engagement@camh.ca


The CAMH Research Library

Did you know that the CAMH Library is open to the public? You can learn more  here: https://www.camh.ca/en/health-info/camh-library

Service Spotlight:
Azrieli Adult Neurodevelopmental Centre  

The Azrieli Adult Neurodevelopmental Centre at CAMH, with support from the Public Health Agency of Canada, will be hosting a series of events with a focus on Autism and Mental health, developed and facilitated by caregivers of Autistic adults. There is also a series of events designed by and for autistic adults. Sign up for the HCARDD newsletter for information about upcoming events and resources visit: https://www.hcarddcovid.com/info. If you have any question, feel free to contact HCARDD@camh.ca

Coffee Chat Series: Caregivers Supporting the Mental Health of Autistic Adults. 6-week series starting Wednesday, November 2, 12:00-1:30 PM EDT.
Register here
 
Autistic Adults Monthly Mindfulness Drop In- Tune-in Tuesdays (Canada-wide) October 18 start date. Tuesday evenings 6:30-7:30 PM EDT.
Register here.  

Two free resources from Azrieli:

The Mental Health Literacy Guide for Autism (2020) is meant to provide information about the mental health needs of Autistic adults. The guide was developed in consultation with autistic adults and parents and siblings of autistic adults. Autistic adults shared their mental health experiences and provided ideas of what was needed to promote their well-being.

IDD: Get to know me is a mental health podcast where nothing is off the table. Join self advocate and hosts, Victor Pereira and Daniel Share-Strom as they explore topics and how they relate to individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

Domestic Violence Awareness Month:  Mental Health Resources

Our Work | Funding For Violence Prevention Programs | Getting Women Out Of Violence (canadianwomen.org) The Canadian Women’s Foundation invests in programs to prevent and intervene in situations of gender-based violence. They provide services such as emergency shelter, housing support, help to rebuild life after abuse, sexual assault and exploitation crisis support, child witness to violence programs, and healthy relationship education for teens. They do complex work necessary to break the cycle of violence in families and communities.

YWCA’s Violence Against Women Staff Network is an online community of practice where members across the country come together to share their expertise, discuss trends, network, and stay up to date on emerging issues related to gender-based violence.

The Ontario Women's Justice Network (OWJN) is METRAC's legal information website. OWJN tries to help survivors of violence and their supporters better understand legal rights in Ontario. They do not give legal advice. The website offers accessible legal information in a way that reflects the diverse experiences and realities of women. 

Resources on Gender-based violence and the COVID-19 Pandemic This webpage is a centralized hub for resources related to Gender-Based Violence (GBV) and the COVID-19 pandemic. It shares the work of organizations across Canada, as well as key international research.

Courage to Act  is a federally funded initiative to address and prevent gender-based violence on Canadian campuses. It builds on key recommendations within Possibility Seeds landmark Courage to Act Report. With a network of experts, Courage to Act develops tools, resources, and strategies as the first national collaborative of its kind.

Last Month at CAMH

Check out the recording of this past PFLS webinar, Lost & Found: Queer Selves, Stay-At-Home Orders, and the COVID-19 Pandemic, presented by Dr. Jessica Fields and Dr. Sarah Williams, researchers at the Queer-COVIDTO study.  

Arts, Environmentalism, & Intersecting Knowledges

Rendezvous with Madness Arts Festival
In-person and online
October 27 - November 6

Celebrating the 30th Anniversary! 

This year’s Rendezvous With Madness theme #MoreThanRebellion embodies the festival’s efforts to normalize informed public discourse around mental health, addiction, recovery and wellness. More Than Rebellion means tearing down a broken system in favour of a generational change. The art showcased at the festival will mend broken hearts and soothe weary minds. This art will challenge, inspire, and enlighten. This art will fuel a rebellion, and so much more.

#RWMFEST #MoreThanRebellion 

Treaty Guide for Torontonians website launch
Free In-person and online
November 9, 5PM - 7PM 

Join the celebration of the launch of the website of the book A Treaty Guide for Torontonians with Talking Treaties Collective and Elder Duke Redbird as part of Treaties Recognition Week. The Talking Treaties Collective is composed of Ange Loft, Victoria Freeman, Martha Stiegman, and Jill Carter. Ange will lead the audience through her Dish Dances Movement workshop for people of all abilities. 

This event is in partnership with Toronto Biennial of Art, Centre for Indigenous Knowledges and Languages at York University, Art Metropole, and Jumblies Theatre & Arts.  

Alright, Now What? 
A podcast from the Canadian Women's Foundation
Free online

Every other Wednesday, experts and partners put an intersectional feminist lens on one topic or story we’ve all been hearing about … the issues and stories that just seem to keep resurfacing and make you wonder, “What’s this about?”, “Why is this still happening?”, and “How is it possible we haven’t fixed this yet?” They explore the systemic roots of these things and the strategies for change that will move us closer to the goal of gender justice. 

About the Patient and Family Learning Space

The RBC Patient and Family Learning Space (PFLS) is an interactive hub for patients, families and the community to access reliable information about mental health, substance use and recovery.  We offer:

  • A safe, welcoming and inclusive space
  • An information corner with pamphlets, books, guides and memoirs about mental health, substance use/addictions, and recovery
  • Access to mental health-related websites, apps and other  online sources
  • Information about CAMH programs and community-based services, and directions to get there
  • New workshops, webinars and clinics each month, related to mental health, substance use/addiction and recovery

*Open 11 AM - 5 PM at 1025 Queen Street West, Toronto
Monday - Friday

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