What is Gifts of Light?

Gifts of Light are practical, meaningful gifts that meet the unique needs of mental health and addiction patients at CAMH. When you purchase Gifts of Light on behalf of your friends and family, you help people in crisis on their journey to recovery. Shop Gifts of Light.

As a world leader, CAMH treats some of the most complex mental illnesses and addictions. We see plenty of pain and suffering but also amazing stories of hope and transformation.

Gifts of Light can play a role in those stories by offering comfort, dignity and hope

Our patients come to us in the darkest, most difficult times in their lives. Many arrive with only the clothes on their backs, with no support from family and friends. Sometimes, they have no home to go back to.

These simple gifts — socks, underwear, or a hat and mitts — mean so much to our patients.

Suggested Gifts

Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH)

The Centre for Addiction and Mental Health is Canada’s leading hospital for mental health and one of the world’s top psychiatric research centres. Our goal is to transform the lives of the one in five Canadians who live with mental illness and addiction in any given year.

We provide clinical care and services to more than 31,000 patients every year, and respond to 500,000 patient visits through our unique 24/7 emergency department and outpatient clinics.


A simple gesture from someone I didn’t even know, reminded me that I wasn’t alone.

— Allison Boyce
CAMH patient and Gifts of Light recipient


Gifts made to CAMH Foundation’s Gifts of Light program go towards providing thoughtful gifts and meaningful experiences to CAMH patients. The products, services and programs described in this catalogue are representative of many of the initiatives delivered by the Gifts of Light program. Funds raised in excess of those needed to support Gifts of Light initiatives will go toward the hospital’s highest priority needs.

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