mental health

Toronto Centre for Addiction and Mental Health; University of Toronto Department of Psychiatry
January 18, 2018

It was in lower Manhattan nearly 15 years ago that a young woman experiencing “houselessness,” as she described it, gave me a copy of the piece of art that is below. She used it to tell me about her experience and wanted me to share it with others. It describes her disconnection from the world, her isolation, pain, and tough demeanor (spikes) she needs to project to survive. It shows the thorny connection to her mother, who was addicted to crack, suicidal and sex trade-involved, and who sex...

Homeless Hub
December 09, 2016
Categories: Ask the Hub

“What are the statistics on homelessness and mental health in Toronto?”

This question came to us anonymously through our latest survey.

Over the years, the Homeless Hub blog series has written extensively on the links between mental health and homelessness in Canada, however, we’ve not yet focused on any specific location.  As Canada’s largest and most ethnically diverse city, Toronto has the greatest number of people...

York University; Canadian Observatory on Homelessness
September 26, 2016
Categories: Topics

The first week of October marks Mental Illness Awareness Week, an initiative coordinated by the Canadian Alliance on Mental Illness and Mental Health to promote the reality of mental illness to all Canadians. The stigma against mental illness is strong, thus it is important to provide a snapshot to demonstrate what mental illness truly looks like, who it affects and how it can be addressed.


Homeless Hub
September 10, 2016
Categories: Topics

If you or someone you know is in crisis and needs help, resources are available. In case of an emergency, please call 911 or your local RCMP detachment. 911 and the RCMP can send immediate help. The Canadian Association for Suicide PreventionDepression Hurts and ...

York University; Canadian Observatory on Homelessness/Homeless Hub
October 28, 2015

This week’s infographic, produced by the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH), takes a look at the link between housing and mental health. As Canada’s largest mental health and addiction teaching hospital, CAMH combines clinical care, health promotion, and policy development to help positively impact the lives of individuals severely affected by mental health issues.

The infographic explores Ontario’s shortage of...

Canadian Observatory on Homelessness
May 25, 2015
Categories: Topics

Community-based mental health care encompasses a wide variety of programs and services designed to meet local needs. These programs are delivered primarily by community agencies and sometimes through hospitals or health clinics. The majority of programs provided by community-based agencies are designed to serve the most vulnerable and most severely mentally ill

Often, people that...

Canadian Observatory on Homelessness
May 11, 2015
Categories: Topics

Outreach is the first step in developing relationships with the most disenfranchised people in Canada. It links people who are homeless to resources and services they want and need. The goal of outreach is to provide the spark for the journey back to a vital and dignified life as part of the community. Core outreach services include engagement, information and referral and direct services. But even the best outreach efforts cannot be successful without following through and offering...

Canadian Observatory on Homelessness
February 02, 2015
Categories: Topics

Media Folder: Media RootIn Canada, public mental health care consists of three types of care. Primary mental health care (first-line services) includes simple diagnostic procedures, basic treatment, and referral to more specialized services as needed. Secondary care is more specialized care that provides more extensive and complicated procedures and treatment; it may be...
Canadian Observatory on Homelessness
January 26, 2015
Categories: Topics

Concurrent Disorders (also described as dual diagnosis orco-morbitity) describes a condition in which a person has both a mental illness and a substance use problem. This term is a general one that refers to a wide range of mental illnesses and addictions. For example, someone with schizophrenia who is addicted to crack has a concurrent disorder, as does an individual who suffers from chronic depression and...

Canadian Observatory on Homelessness
January 19, 2015
Categories: Topics

People with poor mental health are more susceptible to the three main factors that can lead to homelessness: poverty, disaffiliation, and personal vulnerability. Because they often lack the capacity to sustain employment, they have little income. Delusional thinking may lead them to withdraw from friends, family and other people. This loss of support leaves them fewer coping resources in times of trouble. Mental illness can also impair a person’s ability to be resilient and resourceful; it...


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