Adult Outpatient Mental Health services at SHN a range of individual and group programming for those living with a mental illness. Services are available at SHN’s Birchmount and Centenary hospitals.
Outpatient psychiatrist offices are available at SHN’s Centenary and Birchmount sites. To better meet the needs of Scarborough residents and their families, SHN partnered with the Central East GTA Family Health Team to provide Shared Care. This is a collaborative model where a psychiatrist along with other members of the mental health care team, when needed, visit the Family Health Team office a few times each month to work with family physicians and their staff to assess patients with mental health issues and work together on a treatment plan best suited for each patient. This exciting collaborative model is being expanded to include other family practice offices in Scarborough.
- Must be 18 years of age or older
- Individual is living with a serious mental illness
- Individual has a level of functional impairment that interferes with their ability to live safely and productively in the community
A physician referral is required to see a psychiatrist.
Clozaril Clinic services are offered by a nurse in consultation with a psychiatrist during visits. Bloodwork is drawn on site and is monitored by the psychiatrist.
Depot clinics are offered by a nurse. The nurse administers a long acting anti-psychotic medication, as prescribed by the psychiatrist and provides psychoeducation and information on healthy eating and how to maintain an active lifestyle.
The Day Hospital is a three-week alternative to inpatient admission, but can also be a transition back into the community after an inpatient stay. This option is available at SHN’s Centenary hospital. Patients are provided with support and education regarding their mental health issues. For more information call 416-284-8131 ext. 7319.
Day Treatment is a longer program that helps patients develop specific skills for coping with depression and anxiety. Day Treatment is available at SHN’s Centenary hospital. For more information, please call 416-281-7318.
First Intervention Treatment Team (FITT)
SHN offers a specialized program for young adults experiencing their first episode of psychosis. The First Intervention Treatment Team (FITT) provides assessment, treatment, and case management services, and accepts clients up to 35 years of age who reside in Scarborough. Learn more about FITT.
Mental Health App Library
The Mental Health Adult Outpatient Program has curated a Mental Health App Library consisting of 18 SHN physician- and therapist-approved apps for Android and Apple operating systems. Patients can access trusted apps that provide support for anxiety, relaxation, depression, sleep, and post-traumatic stress disorder. The free apps are meant to complement prescribed treatment plans, and are not intended to replace professional treatment.
SHN is a leader in e-therapy work, offering two first-in-Canada projects for a community hospital: Internet-delivered cognitive behavioural therapy (iCBT) for anxiety and depression, and iMindful, an online mindfulness therapy program for oncology patients. Both programs enable patients to access treatment wherever and whenever it is most convenient for them, and each requires physician referral.