Welcome to Hong Fook Mental Health Association
Established in 1982, Hong Fook Mental Health Association has been dedicated to cultivate holistic health in mental illness treatment and wellness promotion. Working together with the clients, consumers, and their families, Hong Fook has grown from one small office in Toronto to three service locations in Toronto Downtown, North York and Scarborough: from only serving adult s to serving youth through outreach program, and from only offering mental health care to primary health care through HF Connecting Health Nurse Practitioner-Led Clinic.
Shame and Stigma against people living with mental illness keep them from seeking help Mistrust of mental health services is an important reason for deferring people of colour or from any diverse backgrounds from seeking treatment. To fight stigma, we use respectful language; to provide professional development opportunities for staff, regarding diversity, mental health issues and fostering an inclusive work environment; to become an advocate; and to teach others about mental illness. Hong Fook has also committed to making information available and accessible to the target Asian communities which include the Cambodian, Chinese (simplified and tradition), Korean and Vietnamese languages.
On May 3, 2013, Hong Fook Mental Health Association in partnership with the University of Toronto academic hospitals (Mt. Sinai Hospital and University Health Network), Toronto Public Health, Across Boundaries, Canadian Mental Health Association, Toronto Branch, Centre for Addiction and Mental Health, Hong Fook Mental Health Foundation and Loft Community Services to host the 4th Biennial Diversity and Equity in Mental Health and Addictions Conference titled, “Shame and Silence: Addressing the Stigma of Mental Illness” in Toronto. This conference features diverse topics ranging from clinical to academic perspectives, and is attended by frontline workers, managers, policy makers, clinicians, and researchers from multiple disciplines in the mental health field. It is also the first day of the 2013 Society for the Study of Psychiatry and Culture (SSPC) to be jointly and collaboratively held in Toronto. The joint conference provides an opportunity to enrich the local grassroots community and academic resources and expertise, and to promote multi-disciplinary exchange and cross –fertilization of ideas. Hong Fook is very proud and honoured to host this conference.