Integrating innovative research and clinical care for the more than one million Canadians under the age of 25 living with mental illness.
Just as adolescents enter adulthood, mental illness can prevent the development so important to living healthy, productive lives. Despite best efforts and existing treatments, many young people are chronically underserved and still suffer poor mental health outcomes.
Our unique integrated approach allows us to translate the latest clinical and scientific evidence into better intervention and recovery strategies, making a real difference in the lives of young people.
Our goal is to put more young people experiencing severe mental illness on a path to recovery through improved combinations of existing treatments, and through clinical research and education that leads to new treatments, improve early identification and access to care, and streamlines service delivery.
Dr. George Foussias
Director, Slaight Family Centre for Youth in Transition
We have the potential to radically transform mental health care for youth and emerging adults.
I’d like to offer a personal welcome to CAMH’s Slaight Family Centre for Youth in Transition, funded by a $10-million gift from the Slaight Family Foundation.
At the Slaight Centre, we know early intervention is crucial. But we need to improve existing treatments, since only limited progress has been made over recent decades.
Through early intervention we can step in before the illness progresses with timely access and evidence-based care. We can reduce illness severity, improve outcomes and promote brain development.
We also know that recovery extends beyond a diagnosis and medication schedule. We are working to improve existing treatments and to develop new approaches for unmet needs, such as metabolic health, negative symptoms, cognitive impairment and social functioning.
Our transformative research brings together clinicians and scientists from complementary specialties to focus on treatment innovation, early detection and identifying risk and resilience factors. When the findings come in, our goal is to immediately implement them in clinical practice.
A small change in a young person's care can make a big difference. By combining our efforts and resources for the benefit of this at-risk age group, we have the potential to radically transform mental health care for youth and emerging adults.
Innovations in Clinical Care
We're leading new intervention strategies—improving existing systems, spearheading innovation and making services easier to access.