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  • Creating the best mental health care — for everyone

    More than a million young people live with mental illness in Canada. Without timely, specialized care, many of these young people will encounter a lifelong path of disability. Learn how CAMH is working to change that.

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  • A world without dementia is within our sight

    Read about brain breakthroughs that could soon provide an intervention that prevents Alzheimer’s dementia.

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  • Making mental health a Canadian priority

    See how we collaborated with other national organizations to secure funding from federal and provincial governments, and ensure mental health is at the top of the public policy agenda.

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For nearly 20 years, persistent major depression stripped the colour from my world. I turned to CAMH and tried everything to get well again. Finally I am responding very well to magnetic seizure therapy. It has given me my life back.

Jane Webber, one of the first people in the world to receive the pioneering treatment from CAMH's Temerty Centre for Therapeutic Brain Intervention

Your Impact

The statistics tell a tragic story. And the effect is both societal and personal.

One in five Canadians - more than 7 million people - will experience mental illness in their lifetime. The problem is not only wide but deep. It can bring pain and loneliness. Prejudice and fear of discrimination still prevent many people from seeking help. And the effects of one person's illness can be catastrophic to families and friends. 

Seventy per cent of mental health problems have their onset in youth, with young people between the ages of 15-24 more likely to experience mental illness than any other age group.  Left undiagnosed and untreated - mental illness can contribute to a life of unnecessary suffering. 

But there is hope for full recovery, and CAMH is committed to its vision in which everyone believes life is worth living.


Stories - Stop Suicide

Jen with picture of daughter Abby‘Don’t tell anyone about my illness’ That simple sentiment – written at the bottom of the note 15-year-old Abby left for her parents before she died by suicide – speaks volumes about the grip stigma can have on people living with mental illness.
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Dan with picture of brother Matt“My older brother Matt was a wonderful guy"
"My older brother Matt was a wonderful guy. He was one of my first rowing partners, and we played football together – we were great rivals.
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Natalie with picture of brother Michael“If you’re hurting, ask for help”
Natalie is sharing an important message since her brother died by suicide in August: “If you’re hurting, ask for help.”
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Quinn with picture of brother MattWhen most in need of help, he wasn't able to ask
When he was most in need of help, 23-year-old Matt no longer had the ability to ask for it. Today – less than a year after he died by suicide – his sister Quinn is committed to sharing his story in hopes of helping others.
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A Worldwide Crisis

Mental illness is a leading cause of disability in Canada

While mental illness accounts for about 10% of the burden of disease in Ontario, it receives just 7% of health care dollars. Relative to this burden, mental health care in Ontario is underfunded by about $1.5 billion*.

of mental health problems and illnesses have their onset during childhood or adolescence

$51 billion
estimated cost per year of mental illness to the Canadian economy

Canadians are unable to work in any given week because of mental illness

increase in unique patients at CAMH projected in the next two decades

of people with serious mental illness comprise up to 50% of Canada's homeless


*Brien et al. (2015), Taking Stock: A report on the quality of mental health and addictions services in Ontario.

Centre for Addiction and Mental Health Foundation

Charitable Number:

100 Stokes Street, 5th Floor
Bell Gateway Building
Toronto, ON M6J 1H4

Toll-Free: 1.800.414.0471
Telephone: 416.979.6909
Fax: 416.979.6910 or fax the hospital

Need Mental Health Help?

CAMH operates central clinical and research facilities in Toronto. We also have 9 locations throughout the province that provide communities with education and support for program development, health promotion and prevention.

Find Help

Or contact the hospital toll-free at 1.800.463.6273