Scarborough’s community is one of the country’s most diverse, meaning that the care they require is diverse as well. With the stigma surrounding mental health issues in the Tamil community – a significant population in Scarborough – it is critical that Scarborough Health Network ensures our patients access to culturally appropriate services that allow them the best patient experience possible.
To this end, the Canadian Tamil Medical Association (CTMA) chose SHN Foundation as the charitable recipient for their annual “Lights of Healing” Fundraising Dinner Gala. The event raised an astounding $60,000, with all of these proceeds directed to fund a new position at SHN: a Tamil-speaking mental health therapist. The new therapist will work collaboratively with SHN’s two Tamil-speaking psychiatrists to provide counselling, treating and follow-up in a language native to many of our patients – a source of comfort that will help our community feel at home in our hospitals.
Dr. Bahe Rajendran, President of the CTMA, and the CTMA board members recently visited SHN to present the gift to members of our Hospital and Foundation teams, including Sari Greenwood, Director of Mental Health, Oncology and Palliative Care, and Dr. Stephen Barsky, our Chief of Psychiatry. SHN and SHN Foundation are extremely grateful to the CTMA for their generosity, and for taking a leading role in ensuring we are able to serve our community’s unique needs.