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The Asian Initiative in Mental Health Clinic (AIM) provides comprehensive psychiatric assessment and treatment for people of Chinese background with mental illness. One of our clinic components, the Early Intervention in Psychosis Program, provides dedicated services to those experiencing their first episode of psychosis as well as those who care for them. Our services are tailored to the language and cultural backgrounds of our patients and their families.
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The Asian Initiative in Mental Health (AIM) is an adult (ages 18 & up) outpatient community mental health program at the Centre for Mental Health of UHN. It serves individuals residing in the Greater Toronto and adjacent areas who need mental health services in Cantonese or Mandarin or those who need services sensitive to Chinese culture. Our goal is to enhance the mental health and well-being and the quality of life of individuals and families through culturally and linguistically appropriate interventions, including psychoeducation, assessment, and treatment. We do not provide acute crisis intervention. Our team consists of psychiatrists, clinicians, and administrative staff who are fluent in Cantonese, Mandarin, and English. Our services are voluntary and are covered by OHIP.
All service referrals must be made by a primary care physician using the
AIM/EIP referral form. There is a waitlist for services and we strive to provide timely access according to prioritized needs.
EIP is a specialized, time-limited (3 years in duration) fast-response program of Asian Initiative in Mental Health. Individuals from the Chinese community between the ages of 16 and 45 residing in the Greater Toronto area and vicinities who have experienced their first episode of psychosis and have not received adequate treatment for more than a year can be referred.
We accept self, family and/or professional referral and anyone can call 416 603 5071 and speak with our EIP staff. Professional referral can be made using
the referral form. The EIP team consists of a psychiatrist and two mental health clinicians who are able to provide services in Mandarin and English.
EIP services include an initial comprehensive assessment, ongoing case management and treatment including pharmacotherapy, psychotherapy, and psychosocial interventions. Services are tailored to address the specific psychiatric, psychosocial, and functional needs and challenges of the individual. EIP services also include psychoeducation, support, and care for the family members/caregivers who provide care to the sick family member. EIP services are voluntary and are covered by OHIP.
Journey to Healing (J2H)
J2H is a 10-week interactive psychoeducational group using a holistic approach to promote mental health awareness, recovery, and resilience for those who are interested in learning about mental health, mind-body connection, stress management, and strategies to improve their general mental well-being. Group activities include discussions, guest speaker presentations, physical/mindful exercises, and group sharing. The group runs twice a year in Cantonese and Mandarin and rotates through downtown and uptown locations in Toronto. We accept referrals from primary care physicians or community psychiatrists and referral must be made using
the referral form. Individuals in the community who are interested can approach their physician and have him/her complete the J2H referral form and fax it to us. The J2H group services are free and covered by OHIP.
Integrated Behavioral Group Therapy (IBGT)
The Integrated Behavioral Group Therapy (IBGT) is a 12-week treatment group for adults over 18 who have suffered from depression, anxiety, psychosis and other symptoms including insomnia and pain. The group design incorporates both Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) along with mindfulness. Group activities include presentations, discussions, and exercises tailored to address the specific mood and behavioural issues. The mood group runs three times a year in Cantonese and Mandarin rotating through uptown and downtown locations in Toronto. Two of these groups will be run weekly on a weekday over 12 weeks. One group will be run on three consecutive Saturdays with a half-day session held after 3 months. The psychosis group runs once or twice a year depending on demand.
Referrals must be made using the appropriate
referral form and can be made by primary care physicians or community psychiatrists, as well as internally through the AIM program and Hong Fook Mental Health Association. Services are voluntary and are covered by OHIP.
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The Asian Initiative in Mental Health Clinic has a Chinese-speaking psychiatrist and Chinese-speaking mental health clinicians. The service is available in English, Mandarin and Cantonese.
Dr. Kenneth Fung
Program Psychiatrist: Dr. Nancy Lin
Program ManagerMarla Kaye
CliniciansYammie Leung – Team LeadSylvia LiSally HsuJian YangJoanna ZhaoLi-fen HungPatrick Tsang
Administrative SupportRegina Hung
You will be contacted with information about your first appointment.
Please bring the following to your appointment. Not all of these items may be needed for your appointment. Our clinic or your referring doctor will let you know what you must bring.
Please arrive 15 minutes before your appointment.
When you arrive, you will sign in with the receptionist. You will need your health card (OHIP card) to sign-in. If you do not have an OHIP card, please bring another form of government-issued photo ID, such as a driver’s license or passport.
You may be given a Measuring Health Equity Questionnaire to fill out. This form contains questions about your background. We collect this information to find out who we serve and what unique needs you may have. The form is voluntary and you can choose ‘prefer not to answer’ to any or all questions. However, the information you choose to give us will help us improve the quality of care for you and others.
First appointments take longer than follow-up appointments. Your first appointment can take 2 hours or more. Follow-up appointments usually take 15 to 30 minutes. We do everything we can to stay on time but sometimes unforeseen circumstances may delay your appointment.
At the end of your first appointment, the nurse or doctor will give you a contact list for your health care team. If you don’t get a contact list, feel free to ask for it.
After every appointment, a member of your health care team will tell you about your next visit. Be sure you understand what is going to happen next. For example, know the time and place of your next visit or if someone will call you with this information.
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