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					September 2007       How CAMH is bringing mental illness and addiction out of the darkness




                                                                                 Vol. 1/No. 1




                     Let there be . . .
                     Light is the newsletter for friends and supporters of our
                     Transforming Lives campaign.
                       But just as CAMH is not like other hospitals, Light is not
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                     like other newsletters.
                       In addition to news about the progress of the campaign ($41
                     million of our $100 million goal has been raised already), we’ve
                     invited some of Canada’s best-known writers to offer their
                     thought-provoking and often highly personal observations about
                     mental illness and addiction, shedding light on these issues that
Family
philanthropy • 2     have been in the shadows for far too long.
                       We begin here with Michael Enright, host of CBC Radio’s Sunday
                     Edition, one of Canada’s most distinguished journalists. Before
                     The Sunday Edition, he hosted This Morning, and spent 10 years
                     hosting As It Happens. He has also been a writer for Time
                     magazine, a political reporter for the Toronto Star and Washington
Hard-to-treat • 5
                     Correspondent for the Globe and Mail.
                       We’ve also invited Jim Allen, one of Canada’s most renowned
                     photographers, to illuminate the strong connections among our
                     donors, our professionals, our patients and our vision.


Unmasked • 5

                     Bob Ramsay
                     Editor




Call to action • 6



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                  Leading by example: Arthur and Sonia Labatt


                 “It’s still too easy to sweep
                  mental illness under the rug”
                  So says Arthur Labatt, whose family pledged           nized as such alongside Sick Kids.”
                  $5 million to create the Labatt Family Wing at          The Labatts were also attracted to CAMH
                  the new CAMH.                                         because of their long friendship with Dr. Paul
                    With this single gesture, the Labatts have          Garfinkel and respect for his achievements
                  become one of the first families in North              in research and care, and because of Sonia
“We believe       America to put their name on a mental health          Labatt’s years of service on the board of
                  facility. This speaks to the stigma that still sur-   the Clarke Institute.
 CAMH is          round mental illness – other kinds of hospitals         But there’s another reason the Labatts
 already a        are awash with donors’ names – and the fact           have stepped up so early and generously to
                  that mental illness is still not getting the fund-    put their names to the new CAMH. Early
 world-class      ing it deserves.                                      in his career, Arthur Labatt was asked to
 institution.”      So what prompted Arthur and Sonia Labatt            move to Paris to open the office of the invest-
                  to make such an extraordinary gesture and             ment dealer McLeod Young Weir, now
                  such a public one?                                    ScotiaMcLeod. He could speak French, but
                    The first reason is that the Labatts like to         not well enough to open a new territory in a
                  support leading-edge institutions in Canada,          completely foreign market. As Arthur Labatt
                  and they believe we need more of them.                recounts, “The job also called for a big sales
                    Says Arthur Labatt: “We decided to focus            personality, which I definitely didn’t have. So I
                  our giving on health, education and research.         was getting pretty anxious. Then I had a hard
                  CAMH is a world-calibre facility that’s all           time sleeping. I went through a period that
                  about health, education and research. We’re           was very real, difficult and painful for me.”
                  also supporting the Hospital for Sick Children          “So I went to see a doctor at the American
                  in Toronto for the same reasons.”                     hospital in Paris. After checking me over, he
                    As Mr. Labatt said at the launch of the             said, ‘Vous etes dépaysé.’ In other words, I
                  Transforming Lives campaign, “We believe              was just out of my element and I’d soon get
                  CAMH is already a world-class institution,            better. I did. So I have a little understanding of
                  and when the transformation of the Queen              some of the issues faced by the kind of people
                  Street property is complete, it will be recog-        whom CAMH treats so well.”       •
                  Understanding, Prevention and Care
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                        Light • How CAMH is bringing mental illness and addiction out of the darkness




                     The malevolent gene of mental
                     illness is? Stigma
by Michael Enright   Stigma is the open wound caused by fear or                        Among my friends she became known as
                     ignorance or hatred or all three.                              The Talking Lady. Every time we saw her scut-
                        It dehumanizes people suffering from mental                 tling along Sherbourne Street, we trailed after
                     illness, for example, and reduces them to a                    her, teasing her.
                     cluster of symptoms and behaviours.                               We would yell at her, “Talking Lady, we
“Among my               The stigma we attach to mental illness tor-                 can’t hear what you're saying . . . .”
                     ments individuals, poisons society and can                        This was my first experience with someone
 friends she         often tear families apart.                                     suffering from mental illness, and my seven-
 became known           In my mother’s family there were seven                      year-old response was one of mockery. I and
                     children: the boys, Edward, William and                        my gang in our childish way defined the
 as The Talking      Charles and the daughters, Margaret, Ermine,                   woman by her peculiar behaviour; she was
 Lady. Every         Elizabeth Mary (my mother) and the youngest,                   what she presented. This dehumanizing is
                     Laura Valentine, called Vally.                                 perhaps the most corrosive element of stigma.
 time we saw her        Born and bred in Kingston and Wolfe                            One day, when my mother caught me yelling
 scuttling along     Island, the family was descended from the                      at The Talking Lady, she erupted in fury; I had
                     Folger whaling family of Nantucket Island,                     never seen her so angry. I was more than a bit
 Sherbourne          Massachusetts. My mother was proud of her                      frightened by her threats of what she would
 Street, we          American heritage and could trace her family                   do to me if she ever caught me tormenting the
                     matrilineally back to Benjamin Franklin,                       woman again.
 trailed after       whose mother was Abiah Folger.                                    We moved out of the neighborhood and I
 her, teasing           She often talked about her sister Vally, by                 never saw The Talking Lady again.
                     legend the prettiest and funniest of the girls,                   My mother died in the early seventies, the
 her.”               who had died tragically young in the great                     last of her family, at the relatively young age
                     influenza epidemic of 1918.                                     of 63. About nine months after her death, I
                        The Spanish flu epidemic killed an estimated                 received an official-looking envelope from the
                     20 million people worldwide, more than all                     office of the Public Trustee of Ontario.
                     the combat casualties of the First World War.                     The letter was to inform me that the last
                     It killed more than 50,000 in Canada alone.                    surviving member of the Folger family was
                        It was clear throughout my childhood that                   alive and a patient of the Ontario Hospital for
“This was my         my mother and Vally were very close, but she                   the mentally ill, in Oshawa, Ontario.
                     never gave me any details of her death.                           Her name was Laura Valentine Folger.
 first experience        My parents were married in Toronto in the                      I took the letter to my father and asked him
 with someone        forties and I grew up in the heart of the city.                for details.
                     Living downtown as we did, our neighbour-                         He had known the true story for decades.
 suffering from      hood was fertile ground for many characters                       My Aunt Laura had not died in the flu epi-
 mental illness      and eccentrics, some of them suffering no                      demic of 1918–19, he said. She had suffered
                     doubt from some form of mental illness.                        from some kind of mental illness, perhaps
 and my seven-          One woman in her mid-forties always                         developmental delay as well, and, as was the
 year-old            dressed, no matter the weather, in heavy                       custom in those years, she was sent to a
                     black, head to foot, including a black turban-                 provincial institution.
 response            like hat pinned with a large silver brooch.
 was one of             She walked very quickly down the street,                    continued on page 4
                     always looking down, never to the side.
 mockery.”              And she talked to herself in a low droning
                     murmur, almost a groan.




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                      I sent off a letter to the Ontario Hospital        The women for me represented two distinct
                   enquiring about a Miss Laura Valentine             but very destructive attitudes toward mental
                   Folger. I received a letter back from the super-   illness.
                   intendent’s office saying that indeed, Miss            On the one hand, to ignore its existence and
                   Folger was a patient at the hospital, in fact      to shut away those afflicted.
                   one of the most popular residents in the insti-       On the other, to mock it, to try and laugh it
                   tution.                                            away in a fog of ignorance and thoughtless-
“Mental illness       I phoned the hospital and spoke to a nurs-      ness.
                   ing supervisor.                                       Fortunately, we as a society have closed the
 carries a            Miss Folger was now very elderly and was        chapter on the first attitude: we don’t wall up
 malevolent        ailing.                                            people any more. Oshawa was closed years
                      Working back, my father and I were able to      ago.
 gene called       speculate that she had been sent to the institu-      But on the second, we haven’t done as well.
 stigma and it     tion while still in her teens.                     Mental illness carries a malevolent gene called
                      She had been confined for more than half a       stigma and it can spread like an epidemic
 can spread like   century. I made plans to visit her, but because    unless it is stopped.
 an epidemic       of a number of domestic concerns including
                   the birth of my second son, I was delayed. She
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                                                                         It is entirely up to us.
 unless it is      died before I could ever meet her.
 stopped.”            She was the last link to my mother and to
                   that generation of the Folger family.
                      Over the years I have thought about those
                   two women of my youth, The Talking Lady
                   who walked the streets muttering to herself
                   and the aunt I never met but thought had died
                   as a beautiful young girl.




                   Understanding, Prevention and Care
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                   “Geriatric mental health is where
                    children’s mental health was in 1987”
                    For Benoit Mulsant, being old and mentally ill
                    is an invitation to a double dose of stigma.
                       But considering that one in two Canadians
                    over 80 will be stricken with Alzheimer’s
                    disease, and that being over 80 gives you
                    a 70% chance of psychosis or depression,
                    Dr. Mulsant believes that if Canadians were
                    as self-interested as many claim, we would
                    be enormously interested in mental illness in
“CAMH is            the elderly.
                        Dr. Mulsant, Director of the CAMH
 already a          Geriatric Mental Health Program, strongly
 world leader       advocates changing how the health care sys-
                    tem treats that largest group of the mentally
 in treating        ill – Canadians over 65.                            From left: Dr. Benoit Mulsant with client Leonard
 patients with         Many of the treatments for elderly patients      Chapman and Inpatient Manager Rong Ting.
                    with mental illness are based on tests on
 schizophrenia.”    much younger people. Yet for 15 years, Dr.          two studies funded by the National Institutes
                    Mulsant’s scientific focus has been on clinical      of Mental Health in the U.S. Both of these
                    trials for “hard-to-treat” older persons with       studies are “firsts” in determining the effects
                    mood and cognitive disorders.                       of antidepressants and antipsychotics on the
                       Says Dr. Mulsant: “Geriatric mental health       elderly.
                    is one of the most under-researched and mis-          Dr. Mulsant, who returned to Canada last
                    understood areas of all health care. It’s where     year from the University of Pittsburgh, where
                    children’s mental health was 20 years ago. We       he was Medical Director at the University of
                    plan to change that here.”                          Pittsburgh Medical Center, has been listed
                       CAMH is already a world leader in treating       for over 10 years running as one of the top
                    elderly patients with schizophrenia, and Dr.        geriatric psychiatrists in Best Doctors in
                    Mulsant is one of the principal investigators of    America.   •

                    Inaugural Unmasked raises $200,000
                    The second Queen Street Unmasked, the
                    daring new fundraiser in support of the CAMH
                    Foundation’s Transforming Lives Campaign,
                    will take place on February 27, 2008, at the
                    Drake Hotel in Toronto. The event will build
                    on the success of the inaugural Unmasked,
                    which saw 400 people from the arts, business
                    and Queen Street West communities come
                    together to "lift the mask" on mental illness
                    and addiction, raise over $200,000, and have
                    a wonderful time.
                      The first Unmasked was hosted by Rex
                    Harrington, actor and artist-in-residence at the
                    National Ballet of Canada. The highlight was        No masks here (from left): Marc Jordan, CAMH
                    the auction of 13 one-of-a-kind masks created       Foundation President Mary Deacon, event host Rex
                    especially for the event by local celebrities and   Harrington, and Amy Sky.
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                    artists.


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 September 2007             How CAMH is bringing mental illness and addiction out of the darkness




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                  RBC donates $1.5 million
                  to support CAMH’s redevelopment
                  RBC Financial Group has donated $1.5 million
                  to the CAMH Transforming Lives Campaign to
                  support CAMH’s redevelopment of its Queen
                  Street site. The gift was announced at the
                  opening celebration of RBC Royal Bank’s new
                  neighbouring branch at 1005 King Street West,
                  which has adopted CAMH as its partner
                  charity. Artists who work through CAMH’s
                  Workman Arts were among those whose work
                  was showcased at the branch opening.
                    “I believe this campaign represents a very
“A very special   special call to action that RBC is proud to
                  answer,” says Jamie Anderson, Deputy
 call to action   Chairman, RBC Capital Markets, and
 that RBC is      Chair of the Transforming Lives Campaign.                           Branch Manager Neil Joshi and artist Ann Davidson
                  CAMH’s vision for its Queen Street site will                        at the RBC Branch on King Street West
 proud to         see the existing cinder block “fortress” make
 answer.”         way for a inviting contemporary urban village,                      CAMH Foundation’s flagship fundraising
                  with state-of-the-art clinical care, education                      event, the Courage to Come Back Awards.
                  and research facilities sharing space with                            “Following CAMH’s inception in 1998,
                  shops, restaurants and neighbourhood servic-                        RBC was among the very first to come for-
                  es, allowing CAMH to provide better care in                         ward with significant support,” says Dev
                  more dignified surroundings.                                         Chopra, Executive Vice President, Corporate
                    RBC has a long-standing history of support                        Services, CAMH. “Their early leadership and
                  for CAMH. In 2001 it established the RBC                            continued generosity sends a strong signal to
                  Chair in Children’s Mental Health, now held                         the community that this cause deserves the
                  by Dr. David Wolfe at CAMH’s Centre for                             same support that is offered to other illnesses
                  Prevention Science, and this year marks RBC’s
                  sixth year as presenting sponsor for the
                                                                                      and institutions.”  •


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                    CAMH’s Mission: Improving the lives of those affected by          Second Floor
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                  appropriate and effective services and live as full participants.   F (416) 979-6910
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