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Dr. Ian Dawe, Program Chief and Medical Director of Mental Health, Trillium Health

Dealing with the Looming Mental Health Crisis

Dr. Ian Dawe is the Program Chief and Medical Director of Mental Health at Trillium Health Partners in Mississauga, ON and an Associate Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Toronto. Working in collaboration with Trillium’s senior leadership team, its service users and their families, as co-creating a new kind of addiction and mental health care – one that prioritizes personalization, coordination and enablement.

He recently served as the Chair of the Ontario Hospital Association’s Suicide Prevent Standards Taskforce (2014-2016), a diverse panel of researchers, academics, clinicians and lived experience experts with a mandate from the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care to focus on establishing best practice, evidence-based standards to guide the care for at-risk people in all of Ontario’s 151 hospitals. He has been called a “full scaler” and a “top influencer” as part of Zero Suicide International, a healthcare movement that believes no one should die alone and in despair.


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