An Anonymous Donor is Giving $100 Million to CAMH for Research

'I want to provide support to the next generation of researchers and scientists'

An anonymous donor who has insisted on not being named is pledging $100 million to Toronto’s Centre for Addiction and Mental Health. The money has been pegged to support research into mental illnesses.

“I believe CAMH is well-positioned to make a transformational impact in the field of mental health research,” the anonymous donor said in a release. “I have seen the devastating impact of mental illness on individuals and their families; I want to provide support to the next generation of researchers and scientists to pursue the research that will directly transform care.”

The $100 million donation is the largest ever to be given to a Canadian mental health centre. Nearly 7 million Canadians are impacted by mental illnesses.

“In broad strokes what we will be using the gift for is to recruit and retain excellent scientists [and] to create a fund that helps our own young scientists to grow and evolve,” CAMH president and CEO Dr. Catherine Zahn said. “We will be looking for ways to provide funding for really, really leading-edge ideas that are going to be focused on understanding disease mechanisms, effective diagnosis and treatment.”

CAMH is Canada’s largest mental health and addiction teaching hospital and a world leading research centre in the field.