2018-01-11 from thestar.com

An anonymous donor has made a staggering $100-million gift to Toronto’s Centre for Addiction and Mental Health.

The donation was given to support research into mental illnesses, which affect some 6.7 million Canadians and are the leading cause of disability on earth.

“I believe CAMH is well-positioned to make a transformational impact in the field of mental health research,” the donor, who insisted on anonymity, said in a media 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 donation, which was announced at 11 a.m. Thursday, will support the recruitment and retention of top scientists and encourage them to take chances with their research.

“In order to enable quantum leaps forward, this gift will also support high-risk, high-reward research,” the donor said.

The donation is by far the largest ever given to a mental health centre in Canada and one of only a handful of that magnitude bestowed on any health organization in the country.

Last September, Toronto philanthropist Peter Munk donated $100 million to the heart centre that bears his name at the Toronto General Hospital.

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