Scarborough Health Network (SHN) is home to the second-largest community hospital-based mental health and addictions program in Ontario. SHN has programs for people of all ages, including child and adolescent mental health, crisis support, adult inpatient and geriatric mental health outreach for seniors. SHN is also home to the innovative LINK clinic – a specialized program for youth ages 18 – 24 that aims to help them navigate the transition from child and adolescent mental health services to adult services. Over 10,000 patients are referred to our adult outpatient programs alone each year, and we see over 71,000 visits per year for patients seeking mental health treatment.
Due to the diversity of our Scarborough community, SHN prides itself on serving our community in multiple languages and with cultural sensitivity. We have a dedicated Mental Health worker who works with our large Tamil population who is able to address mental health concerns, and connect our Tamil community with the appropriate resources. We also have talented psychiatrists and support staff who are able to communicate with our patients in multiple different languages to ensure they receive exceptional care.
SHN has handled the second-largest number of cases of COVID-19 in the province throughout the pandemic. Our courageous frontline staff members put themselves at risk to care for our disproportionately impacted Scarborough community throughout all three waves, and the pandemic has made the need for mental health services more urgent than ever. We have seen first-hand that the mental health of our community has been severely impacted, and we need to ensure they have barrier-free access to treatment and support.
In response, SHN is developing a new Community Mental Health Hub that will allow our community access to mental health care free of stigma and barriers, and build a healthier Scarborough. Combining all of SHN’s adult outpatient mental health services under one roof, the Hub will feature specialty clinics including the first-of-its-kind Slaight Family Cultural Psychiatry Clinic, among others. This Hub will not only make mental health treatment more accessible, but will also remove the stigma associated with seeking treatment. It will become as routine as going to the dentist or your family doctor.
With your support, we can ensure that our vibrant and diverse Scarborough community has equitable access to compassionate mental health care close to home.