Real stories of courage, hope and discovery. Made possible through your continued support of CAMH.
One in five Canadians 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. But there is hope for recovery.
At CAMH, we often talk about "evidence". Which for some, might seem all too academic. But when that evidence is a person's smile, a family's relief, or a researcher's impossible idea made a reality—you start to see the word in a very different light. For us, evidence = impact. And your dollars help us make more of it everyday.
Having struggled with bipolar disorder her entire life, Marianne had tried every treatment imaginable. Feeling hopeless and alone she started to think it was pointless to put so much effort into recovery when nothing seemed to help. She needed to make some serious lifestyle changes to try to manage her illness. But she wouldn’t have to do it alone.
What’s cute, furry and huggable? The answer is Paro, a robotic baby harp seal that doesn’t live in the Arctic but calls CAMH home. Funded by donations through the Client Comfort Fund, Paro uses cutting-edge sensors to respond and provide some joy to seniors with dementia who can't interact with real animals.