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From Hear me, Understand me, Support me: What young women want you to know about depression (© 2006 CAMH)

Web-Based Resources

CAMH Web site

Information about CAMH resources, including information on various substance use and mental health concerns, training programs, recent research and treatment resources and how to access them.

Educating Students about Substance Use and Mental Health

A web-based curriculum resource for teachers of grades 1 to 12.
This web site provides ready-to-use lessons for grades 1 to 10 in substance use education, and on mental health education for grades 11 and 12.

TAMI (Talking About Mental Illness)

Talking About Mental Illness is an anti-stigma program for secondary school students delivered in the school through a community partnership of service providers, volunteers and individuals with an interest in mental health issues. Elements of the program include:

  • instruction on mental health issues delivered by the classroom teacher
  • an in-class presentation organized by the community partnership featuring the first-hand accounts of people living with mental illness
  • follow-up classroom activity on mental health issues provided by the classroom teacher.

The program has two manuals: Community Guide and Teacher’s Resource. Both can be downloaded here.

Virtual Party

A web-based educational tool that provides youth with an opportunity to learn about alcohol and other substances and to make healthy choices regarding their use. The site features four characters in four party situations. Throughout the evening, the characters are presented with different choices regarding the use of alcohol and other substances. Youth make selections on behalf of the characters with respect to alcohol, substance use and other behaviours - and through these choices learn about the potential consequences of these decisions. The storylines also feature mental health information.

Print and Other Resources

Adlaf, E. M., Paglia, A. & Beitchman, J. H. (2004). The Mental Health and Well-Being of Ontario Students: Findings from the OSDUS (1991-2003). Toronto: CAMH.

This research document focuses on trends in the mental health and well-being of Ontario students from 1991, when mental health questions were introduced into the Ontario Student Drug Use Survey. The report presents data on factors such as mental health care visits, prescriptions for antidepressants, depressive symptoms, psychological distress, low self-esteem, body image, suicide, bullying, violence and concurrent problems.

Barbara, A. M., Chaim, G. & Doctor, F. (2004). Asking the Right Questions 2: Talking with Clients about Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity in Mental Health, Counselling and Addiction Settings. Toronto: CAMH.

Lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgendered, transsexual, two-spirit, intersex and queer and questioning (LGBTTTIQQ) people have specific life factors that relate to substance use and/or mental health problems. These factors include coming out, gender transition, societal oppression, loss of family support, isolation, and the predominance of bars in LGBTTTIQQ communities. To provide effective addiction and mental health services, service providers need to be aware of these life factors in clients. Asking the Right Questions 2 (ARQ2) helps service providers create an environment in which all clients feel comfortable talking about their sexual orientation and gender identity. ARQ2 includes interview items that can be used to facilitate discussion during assessment or early in treatment; an assessment form and guide to be used with a standard substance use, mental health or other service assessment; background information to help clinicians use the ARQ2 guide; and a glossary of concepts and terms.

Tupker, E. (Ed.). (2005). Youth & Drugs and Mental Health: A Resource for Professionals. Toronto: CAMH.

This resource is for people who work with youth, but is intended primarily for service providers who work in settings dealing with youth substance use and mental health problems. The resource provides up-to-date information about addressing substance use among young people - including doing so in the context of other mental health problems that they may be experiencing.

Gibson, M., Munn, E., Beatty, D. & Pugh, A. (2005). Beyond the Label: An Educational Kit to Promote Awareness and Understanding of the Impact of Stigma on People Living with Concurrent Mental Health and Substance Use Problems. Toronto: CAMH.

Beyond the Label has been developed to support people working in the fields of mental health and addiction by providing them with an interactive framework to discuss, learn, understand and reflect on the impact of stigma on people living with concurrent mental health and substance use problems. Inside this easy-to-use kit you will find:

  • 10 specially created group activities
  • a presentation outline to set the stage for your workshop presentation
  • master sheets, in print and CD format, to photocopy for handouts or to make transparencies
  • background information for facilitators on concurrent disorders and stigma
  • presentation tips and information about how to make efficient use of this material
  • discussion points for group and individual dialogue
  • facts and ideas to keep your presentation lively and focused
  • examples of opportune times to use this kit with a variety of audiences.

Whether you have 15 minutes, three hours or a full day, you can customize the material in Beyond the Label to suit your time frame and objectives. This resource can also be used to supplement knowledge-based training about concurrent disorders.

This free kit is available in binder and CD format through CAMH Publication Services at or by calling toll-free 1 800 661-1111 or in the Toronto area 416 595-6059. A PDF version is also available at This resource is also available in French.

Guruge, S., & Collins, E. (Eds.). (in press). Working with Immigrant and Refugee Women: Guidelines for Mental Health Professionals . Toronto: CAMH. (Available Spring 2007).

This book explores how race, gender and class, among other social identities, intersect to influence immigrant and refugee women’s mental health. Various theoretical, research and clinical perspectives are brought together to capture the complexity and diversity of immigrant and refugee women’s experiences within socio-cultural, economic, historical, and political contexts, and to highlight the intersecting oppressions experienced by women. This book provides diverse approaches to thinking about and framing experiences of immigrant and refugee women from various backgrounds in the context of mental health and illness, and provides guidelines and strategies for mental health professionals working with these women. The book is an invaluable resource for students, practitioners, researchers, teachers and policymakers who are interested in improving care to immigrant and refugee women within the mental health and psychiatry field.

Haskell, L. (2001). Bridging Responses: A Front-Line Worker’s Guide to Supporting Women Who Have Post-Traumatic Stress. Toronto: CAMH.

Many women who seek help from front-line services have experienced past violence and trauma. Often they do not recognize that many of their difficulties may be associated with responses to complex post-traumatic stress. Bridging Responses is a resource for front-line staff who work with women - in health care, literacy, corrections, housing and community services. This book includes information on: tools to help recognize responses to post-traumatic stress in women’s lives; what complex post-traumatic stress disorder is; helpful interventions for front-line workers; treatment approaches; how to establish a level of confidence in clients that encourages women who have survived abuse and violence to consider referrals to appropriate services or resources.

Haskell, L. (2003). First Stage Trauma Treatment: A Guide for Therapists Working with Women. Toronto: CAMH.

This publication is for a diverse audience: mental health and addiction professionals who treat women who are abuse survivors, and related caregivers who wish to understand more about the clients they serve. Learn ways to increase safety and reduce and stabilize symptoms in the women abuse survivors with whom you work.

Haskell, L. (2004). Women, Abuse and Trauma Therapy: An Information Guide. Toronto: CAMH.

For many women, choosing to go into therapy to deal with a past traumatic event is a huge step. It takes a lot of time, money and emotional energy. Women, Abuse and Trauma Therapy: An Information Guide is for women who are in therapy, or are looking for a therapist, to help them deal with the long-term effects of prolonged or repeated experiences with abuse and violence. It is also for family members and friends who want to understand and support a woman who is going through trauma therapy. Therapists may also find it useful as a resource to give to clients or to use themselves. This guide gives information about the therapeutic process and what to expect from it. It explains traumatic responses and trauma therapy and describes mental health services. This information helps women feel more confident about seeking help. It gives women control over the healing process so they can know what to expect from therapy, choose the best therapy and therapist for themselves, and talk to family and friends about their therapy.

Haskell, L. (2004). Women: What Do These Signs Have in Common? Recognizing the Effects of Abuse-Related Trauma. Toronto: CAMH.

Recurring nightmares, intentional self-harm, substance use problems, ongoing depression, panic attacks, difficult relationships and gaps in childhood memories - these are just a few of the common effects of psychological trauma. By connecting these effects to incidents of early abuse, women can better explore ways to heal emotionally and break the negative patterns in their lives. This brochure helps women understand the experience of trauma and learn where they can go for help.

Ross, L.E., Dennis, C., Robertson Blackmore, E., & Stewart, D.E. (2005). Postpartum Depression: A Guide for Front-Line Health and Social Service Providers. Toronto: CAMH.

This new guide on postpartum depression (PPD) is both practical and evidence-based, and includes the best and most current studies to date on PPD as well as practical experience from the field. The guide aims to help front-line workers identify PPD and support women and their families in getting the help they need. It includes information on: risk factors for developing PPD, detection of and screening for PPD, prevention, treatment options, referral to assessment and treatment, support for family members, self-care for women, diversity issues regarding PPD.


Ross, E., Ali, A. & Toner, B.B. (2003). Investigating issues surrounding depression in adolescent girls across Ontario: A participatory action research project. Canadian Journal of Community Mental Health , 22 (1), 55-68.

Hunt, C. (2004). Girls Talk Final Report. Unpublished manuscript, CAMH. Based on pilot site reports written by Karen Degagne and Cheryl Hunt.

Ross, E. (2003). Recommendations for Phase III of the VALIDITY Project and Potential Partnerships. Unpublished manuscript, CAMH.


The VALIDITY video provides young women’s perspectives on the value of the VALIDITY project and their experiences with planning a provincial conference for other young women to explore preventing depression. Young women from the University of Windsor, along with the VALIDITY Youth Coordinator, produced the video. The theme song was written, produced and sung by one of the young women producers from the University for this video. The video contains powerful and insightful voices from many young women, and shows what is possible when you let young women lead the way! For more information on Hunt (2004), Ross (2003) and the VALIDITY video, please contact:

Cathy Thompson:
Tel.: 416 525-1250 ext 8153

R. Samuel McLaughlin Information Centre

The Centre provides information and resources on substance use and mental health issues.
Call toll-free 1 800 463-6273 or in the Toronto area 416 595-6111.

CAMH Provincial Hub Offices

To find out more information about CAMH youth resources, training or services offered in your community, call the hub office closest to you.

  • Hamilton 905 525-1250
  • London 519 433-3171
  • Kenora 807 468-6372
  • Kingston 613 546-4266
  • North Bay 705 472-3850
  • Ottawa 613 569-6024
  • Sault Ste. Marie 705 256-2226
  • Sudbury 705 675-1195
  • Timmins 705 267-6419
  • Toronto 416 535-8501 ext. 6028
  • Thunder Bay 807 626-8111
  • Windsor 519 251-0500

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