The latest data according to the Centre for Mental Health and Addiction (CAMH) shows that one in two Canadians will have, or have had, a mental illness by the age of 40.
The need to expand mental health research now is of utmost importance, but more funding is needed and donations to CAMH are encouraged and appreciated.
CAMH has announced a $15 million gift from the Garron family that will help revolutionize mental health research through brain imaging.
“We are extremely grateful to count the Garron Family among our growing community of mental health champions. Gifts like this will support targeted research that will enhance our understanding of the brain chemistry underlying mental illness,” said Dr. Catherine Zahn, CAMH President and CEO. “Investing in research is critical to improving care and developing new treatments for the patients of tomorrow.”
CAMH is home to one of the only imaging labs worldwide focusing solely on mental health research. The state-of-the-art imaging facilities enable researchers to probe the brain to better understand brain health and to advance mental health treatments. While CAMH scientists have already made great progress in areas such as finding links between inflammation and depression and identifying new treatments for Alzheimer’s disease, the Garron family’s donation will help accelerate this important work.
“Our family is proud to invest in brain imaging at CAMH,” said Myron Garron. “The human brain is the final frontier, and imaging will help us get more people the right diagnosis and treatment so they can recover from mental illness.”
In recognition of the Garron’s visionary support, a medical imaging suite for positron emission tomography (PET) at CAMH will be named the “Garron Family PET Imaging Suite,” and the Intergenerational Wellness Building located at 80 Workman Way will be re-named the “Garron Family Building.”