Diffusion MRI of human brain

With your support,
we are changing
the lives
of those
with brain disorders

Learn about the Garry Hurvitz Brain Sciences Centre

Understanding and treating mood and anxiety disorders across the lifespan

Sunnybrook is Canada’s most comprehensive mood and anxiety disorders program and home to a number of unique programs that don’t exist anywhere else in the country.

Our psychiatry program is unique in that we treat teens to seniors; we integrate psychiatry with the other brain specialties, including neurology and neurosurgery; and we collaborate across specialties to accelerate understanding and translate research to patient care faster. Here are examples of programs changing outcomes for patients and their families.

The Murphy Family Centre for Mental Health

The Murphy Family Centre for Mental Health is committed to advancing the understanding and care of people with severe mental illness, including mood and anxiety disorders. In this new Centre we will address mental illness like we would other serious brain disorders such as stroke or dementia, by collaborating across medical disciplines to achieve the best possible outcomes.

The Family Navigation Project

The Family Navigation Project guides families with young people suffering from mental illness and/or addiction to appropriate care in a timely fashion. Created in response to parents desperate for help, the project is entirely donor-funded, with the majority of support from the annual RBC Race for the Kids. We have navigated more than 1,600 families to urgently needed services and specialists, and we continue to grow to meet demand.

Frederick W. Thompson Anxiety Disorders Centre

With a focus on obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) that is unique in Canada, the Thompson Centre is conducting research and treating patients to improve lives and to change the way the world understands and treats this devastating illness and related disorders. Areas of research include the impact of genetics on OCD medications, exercise alone or in combination with cognitive-behaviour therapy, and variables that affect the risk of developing OCD, anxiety and mood disorders during pregnancy and postpartum.

Read more about recent advances in mental health research and treatment.

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