Across various age groups, genders, and backgrounds, in our communities and around the world, mental illness is a leading cause of disability. Better treatments are still needed for many mental disorders. In Canada and internationally, those who experience mental illness face barriers to treatment.
In this context the Department of Psychiatry’s mission to achieve excellence in education and research is more important than ever. We are deeply aware of the human cost of mental illness as we strive to address it locally, nationally, and globally.
As described in this report, this year the Department has continued to move forward with several initiatives that reflect its commitment to fostering collaboration, innovation, and equity within the realm of mental health.
We are providing new options for mentoring to our junior faculty members. Our Academic Scholar Awards are accelerating their careers and bringing the benefits of their work to the public sooner. The education we offer is broadening and deepening to address the most urgent needs in our society. We are bringing together experts in our integrative hubs. Faculty members are using their voices to fight for equity and to advocate for those experiencing severe mental illness, who remain some of the most marginalized members of our communities.
These initiatives are shaping the care that tomorrow’s patients will receive. Across all aspects of mental health we are working to transform treatment at all levels and to decrease the burden of mental illness now and in the future.
Dr. Benoit H. Mulsant, Professor and Labatt Family Chair of the Department of Psychiatry