CAMH Information Guides & Videos

If you would like to read or watch one of the CAMH
Information Guides or videos we have copies available.

Concurrent Substance Use And Mental Health Disorders
A person with a mental health problem has a higher risk of having a substance use problem, just as a person with a substance use problem has an increased chance of having a mental health problem. This guide:

  • explains the symptoms and causes of concurrent disorders
  • outlines the different kinds of treatments available, including psychosocial and biological treatments
  • describes integrated treatment and how it helps
  • discusses recovery and relapse prevention
  • discusses family involvement
  • gives guidance on how to explain concurrent disorders to children

This guide gives a thorough introduction to concurrent disorder treatment options, and sensitive and sound coping skills to help people with concurrent disorders — and their families — toward recovery.


Addiction: An Information Guide is the latest in the series of CAMH guides for clients and families.Written by professional counsellors, this concise and easy-to-read booklet includes information on:

  • what addiction is
  • what causes addiction
  • addiction treatment and other support options
  • recovery and relapse prevention
  • help for partners and families
  • explaining addiction to children.

The guide also recommends books and websites where people can learn more, and includes contact information for organizations and services that can offer support. Professionals may wish to offer this guide to their clients and families and use it to introduce and discuss issues. People with substance use problems and their families may wish to order this guide for themselves. The guide is also useful for health and social service workers, students, journalists and anyone else wanting to gain a basic understanding of addiction, its effects and treatment.

Anxiety Disorder

This guide explores the difference between normal anxiety and anxiety disorders, and the different ways that anxiety is expressed. It explains the causes and theories of anxiety in simple, straightforward language, and gives an overview of treatments. The guide also looks at long-term strategies to manage anxiety and prevent relapse, and suggests ways that family members can help, as well as finding support for themselves.

Bipolar Disorder

People who have extreme mood swings may have bipolar disorder, or manic-depressive illness. Their moods may have nothing to do with things going on in their lives. The symptoms of bipolar disorder affect not only mood, but also how people think, what bipolar disorder is behave and function. This guide discusses:

  • the symptoms, patterns and causes
  • the treatment options
  • what to expect during recovery from an episode of mania or depression
  • how partners and family members can be supportive and helpful.

The guide will help people with bipolar disorder, along with their families and friends, navigate through the highs and lows toward recovery.

Depressive Illness

This guide is written for people living with depression, their families, and anyone interested in gaining a basic understanding of this illness and its treatment and management. The guide gives information on:

  • what depression is and how it is diagnosed
  • the different kinds of depression
  • the causes and current theories of depression
  • the different kinds of treatments available
  • frequently asked questions and concerns about medication
  • the process of recovery and effective relapse prevention
  • how family members can relate to a person with depression
  • how to explain depression to children.

This guide will help people with depression, along with their family and friends, to understand and navigate through the realities of depression, and the options available to them as they move toward recovery.


At least one person in 100 can be expected to develop schizophrenia. This guide is written for people who are interested in gaining a basic understanding of schizophrenia. It discusses:

  • how schizophrenia begins and develops
  • biological and psychosocial treatments
  • frequently asked questions and concerns about schizophrenia and its treatment
  • family involvement.

This accessible guide will inform clients and their families about the challenges of living with schizophrenia and the options for moving forward.

Obsessive Compulsive Disorder

Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) is a severe and debilitating anxiety disorder that affects one person in 40. It affects not only how people feel or think, but also how they behave. OCD symptoms — such as compulsive hoarding or handwashing — often evoke uncomfortable emotions in family and friends. This guide discusses:

  • what OCD is and what causes it
  • treatments, including both cognitive and behavioural therapy and medication
  • recovery and relapse prevention
  • family involvement

The guide is a thorough and helpful introduction for people with OCD, their family and friends.

Beyond Psychosis – Exceeding Expectations from First Episode to Recovery

Five young people talk about their experiences with psychosis and recovery. Sharing facts and personal stories, this DVD may help to change the face of psychosis and challenge our expectations of people recovering from a major mental illness. The DVD provides information for the general public and is a source of hope and inspiration for people living with psychosis.