01/11/2018 12:56 EST | Updated 01/11/2018 12:57 EST

Centre For Addiction And Mental Health Gets $100-Million Anonymous Donation

The money will be invested in fundamental research and clinical innovation, CAMH's president says.

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CAMH president and CEO Dr. Catherine Zahn is pictured in this March 26, 2010 file photo.

TORONTO — Canada's largest mental health hospital has been given $100 million from an anonymous donor, with the goal of developing cures for psychiatric conditions that affect almost seven million Canadians.

The gift to the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health in Toronto will create the Discovery Fund to support next-generation scientists conducting research aimed at directly transforming care.

CAMH president and CEO Dr. Catherine Zahn says the money will be invested in fundamental research and clinical innovation to improve the mental health of individuals in Canada and around the world.

Zahn says the fund will enable CAMH to develop the next generation of leading early- and mid-career scientists.

Changing the future of mental illness

The money will also allow CAMH to foster research focused on understanding disease mechanisms, improving diagnosis, and new ways to predict, prevent and recover from mental illness.

Darrell Louise Gregersen, head of the CAMH Foundation, says such philanthropy is helping to change the future of mental illness.

"We are eternally grateful to this donor for investing $100 million in our capacity to generate world-leading discovery, and to invest in some of the high-risk, high-reward research that usually doesn't get top funding priority," she says.

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