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CAMH receives $100M anonymous donation

Last Updated Jan 11, 2018 at 12:57 pm EST

The Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) has announced it’s received a huge donation from an anonymous benefactor.

“It’s with deepest gratitude and humility that I’m delighted to announce a gift that will bring hope to light and to life,” Dr. Catharine Zahn announced on Thursday.

The $100-million donation is described as the first donation dedicated to defining the causes of mental illness and developing cures to help save lives.

“This gift has been entrusted to CAMH in a spirit of public service and as a proud Canadian myself, I’m in awe of this act of patriotism and the desire to build a better, more compassionate Canada,” Zahn said.

“I send my own 100 million thank-you’s, from the bottom of my heart, to our bold benefactor.”

The money will be used to create, what CAMH is calling, a Discovery Fund, which will allow the agency to speed up its efforts to transform the lives of people living with mental illness.

Zahn said the fund will be “an enterprise dedicated to bring new knowledge directly to our patients through clinical research, innovation and evaluation.”

The focus will be on recruiting and developing people who will have the ability to explore new approaches, ideas and innovations in the field of mental illness.

“Quite simply, the Discovery Fund is an injection of wild, wild hope into the CAMH promise to bring justice to people with mental illness,” she explained.