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 What We Do

​Welcome to the Centre for Mental Health. We are a team of psychiatrists, psychologists, social workers, nurses and support staff dedicated to transforming care in mental health and addictions. We do this through innovation, integration and excellence in practice, research, and education. We offer a number of specialized mental health services, so those seeking support can get the necessary and best care both while visiting the Centre and at home.

Learn more about the services we provide and what we can do to help below.

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What Makes Us Special

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At UHN’s Centre for Mental Health we make an effort to ensure that in addition to providing specialized and integrated services through Consultation-Liaison and Medical Psychiatry, we give future doctors the opportunity to learn and build with our Centre through our Medical Education Program. Learn more about some of the ways we are impacting mental health and addictions care below.

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​Medical Education

The Division of Medical Psychiatry within the UHN Centre for Mental Health is comprised of clinical services and rotations for learners at our four sites – Toronto General, Toronto Western, Toronto Rehab and Princess Margaret. Our clinicians and trainees work in ambulatory and inpatient settings at the interface between mental and physical health. Each of our sites offers opportunities to experience the breadth and depth of working with medical and surgical services that exemplify complexity and integration. We are a strong group of dedicated clinician teachers, educators and researchers and a scholarly approach is at the heart of what we do. We welcome learners at all levels of training to join us on our services.

For more information, please contact Sarah Dickson at 416 340 6755​​.​​

Consultation-Liaison Psychiatry

In the Division of Medical Psychiatry at the UHN Centre for mental health, we provide care to patients at the interface between physical and mental health. Psychiatric care of complex physically ill patients is also called Consultation-Liaison or C-L Psychiatry. At UHN, both ambulatory and inpatient C-L Psychiatry services are available across our four hospitals. At Toronto Rehab, we provide primarily neuropsychiatric care, and also are integrated into several services at our other hospitals: for example, cancer care at Princess Margaret Hospital through the Psychosocial Oncology service; Transplant through the Transplant Psychiatry Service at Toronto General, and Bariatric Surgery at Toronto Western. In keeping with the mandate of an academic health sciences centre, we also provide clinical and research opportunities to medical and other health professional trainees.

For more information, please email Eloisa Tobias at clpsychiatry@uhn.ca or 416 340 4800 ext. 6755

Make a Gift Today

Your generous gift to UHN Foundation will support research, coordinated care, new clinics and expanding partnerships. You can help us to continue to build on our key strengths and make a difference, not only in the lives of the people we treat every day, but in the lives of millions of Canadians who look to us for answers.​

 Meet Our Team

Image of Dr. Susan Abbey​​​ ​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Psychiatrist-in-Chief: Dr. Susan Abbey
Image of Dr. Raed Hawa​Deputy Psychiatrist-in-Chief: Dr. Raed Hawa

​​Affiliations

Dr. Suze Berkhout

Dr. Suze Berkhout

Dr. Kathleen Bingham

Dr. Kathleen Bingham

Dr. Justin Delwo

Image of Dr. Carla Garcia

Dr. Carla Garcia

Dr. Suchitra Joshi

Dr. Suchitra Joshi

Marie-Josee Lynch

Dr. Marie-Josee Lynch

Dr. Rodrigo Mansur

Dr. Rodrigo Mansur

Dr. Shereif Marzouk

Dr. Shereif Marzouk

Dr. Jody Morita

Dr. Jody Morita

Dr. Darcy O'Brien

Dr. Darcy O'Brien

Dr. Georgios Paslakis

Dr. Georgios Paslakis

Dr. Katelyn Reynolds

Dr. Katelyn Reynolds

Dr. Joshua Rosenblat

Dr. Joshua Rosenblat

Dr. Vanessa Thoo

Dr. Vanessa Thoo

Dr. Justin Weisglass

Dr. Justin Weissglas

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Dr. Richard Yanofsky

 

Associations

  • Dr. Elia Abi-Jaoude
  • Dr. Mohammed Alsuwaiden
  • Dr. Brian Baker
  • Dr. Anne S. Bassett
  • Dr. Jack S. Brandes
  • Dr. Simuran Brar
  • Dr. Jennifer Braverman
  • Dr. Leslie Buckley
  • Dr. Melanie L. Carr
  • Dr. Evan J. Collins
  • Dr. Patricia A. Colton
  • Dr. Maria R. Corral
  • Dr. Gerard P. Craigen
  • Dr. Mary Elizabeth Elliot
  • Dr. Karl Farcnik
  • Dr. Wai Lun Alan Fung
  • Dr. Karandeep Sonu Gaind
  • Dr. Peter Giacobbe
  • Dr. Barry Gilbert
  • Dr. Jonathan Hunter
  • Dr. Chaavi Kaushik
  • Dr. Sidney Kennedy
  • Dr. Ron Keren
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  • Dr. Brian Kirsh
  • Dr. Mehr-Afarin Kohan
  • Dr. Chana Korenblum
  • Dr. Nancy Lin
  • Dr. Lynda Molleken
  • Dr. Pamela Mosher
  • Dr. Jay Nathanson
  • Dr. Hilary Offman
  • Dr. Sam Ozersky
  • Dr. Clare Pain
  • Dr. Sagar Parikh
  • Dr. Jaak Reichmann
  • Dr. Jeremy Riva-Cambrin
  • Dr. Kathleen Claire Schneider
  • Dr. Chanth Seyone
  • Dr. Roy Shoichet
  • Dr. John Sloane
  • Dr. Sanjeev Sockalingam
  • Dr. Gary Taerk
  • Dr. Paul Uy
  • Dr. Heather Weir
  • Dr. Orit Zamir


 News & Events

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December 14, 2017 – Centre for Mental Health is 50!

The Centre celebrated its 50th anniversary of the Departments of Psychiatry at Toronto General Hospital and Toronto Western Hospital becoming independent departments (prior to 1967 they were under the direction and control of internal medicine). The Centre provides mental health services at the four UHN hospitals (TGH, TWH, Princess Margaret Cancer Centre and Toronto Rehab) and is developing mental health education with the Michener Institute of Education at UHN.

Dr. Charlie Chan, Interim President & Chief Executive Officer, Executive Vice-President – Chief Medical Officer, opened the celebration by bringing greetings from UHN. He inspired attendees and touched their hearts as he spoke eloquently about the impact of mental illness on two of his close family members. He talked about how helpful Dr. Bob Buckingham had been to his brother.

Dr. Benoit Mulsant, Chair of the University of Toronto Faculty of Medicine, Department of Psychiatry, talked about the importance of mental health care and the contributions of the UHN Centre for Mental Health.

Three former Psychiatrists-in-Chief talked about developments under their tenure. Dr. Paul Garfinkel reflected on the development of the Eating Disorders Program at Toronto General Hospital and the successes and challenges of the program. Dr. Gary Rodin talked about the incredible staff that he worked with. He had a quiz to help identify "old-timers" in the Centre. Dr. Sid Kennedy spoke about the recruits that he brought from CAMH and the expansion of services over his tenure.

The formal part of the presentation ended with a video highlighting what our Centre members are passionate about and their wishes for the future of the Centre. Thanks to the following for participating: Simuran Brar, Aideen Carroll, Jonathan Downar, Mary Jean Esplen, Kenneth Fung, Sarah Hales, Raed Hawa, Diana Kljenak, Nanette Lang, Joanna Lynch, Josee Lynch, Kathleen Sheehan, Abe Snaiderman, Jim Skembaris, Sanjeev Sockalingam, Donna Stewart and Catherine Vernon.

Participants, including current and former staff, left with a celebratory pin and M&M’S in UHN colours with the Centre logo and a copy of the November 1970 TGH Department of Psychiatry newsletter, Mentis, provided by Dr. Frank Sommers.

 

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October 14, 2017 – "Shall We Talk – The Voices of Two Generations"

The event was held at Toronto General Hospital. The fun afternoon brought together over 50 participants of Asian descent to learn about self-identity, intergenerational relationships and mental health. Simu Liu, the lead actor on CBC’s hit sitcom "Kim’s Convenience", was a special guest of the event. The Chinese Canadian actor talked openly about his intensely complicated relationships with his parents, the struggles of growing up in an immigrant family and the journey of finding his true passion in life. Another highlight of the event was the playback theatre in which performers improvised and recreated real life stories from audience members. The event was sponsored by The Asian Community Health Fund and hosted by The Asian Initiative in Mental Health at University Health Network.

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​In the News

January 8, 2018 – Rapid Access Addiction Medicine Clinic (RAAM) Opens

The Clinic is now open at Toronto Western Hospital accepting patients on the 1st floor West Wing (WW1 – 414) from Monday to Wednesday 9:00 am – 11:00 am. The clinic offers access to evidence-based treatments for patients seeking help for substance use disorders who do not require emergency treatment. Examples include opioid substitution treatment with buprenorphine/naloxone (Suboxon​e), alcohol use disorder pharmacotherapy, structured benzodiazepine tapering, and outpatient alcohol withdrawal treatment for patients who do not require acute care monitoring.

Clinic contact information is RAAM@uhn.ca or by fax 416 603 5490.

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