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Prevention and Promotion

Hong Fook Mental Health Association is community based, multi-services, multicultural, multilingual organizations with a community development approach. We are committed to working with our communities at the grass roots level. Our programs and services vary among the different populations to reflect the unique migration history and pattern of the six different communities in the Greater Toronto Area: Cambodian, Chinese (from Hong Kong, Mainland, & Taiwan), Korean and Vietnamese.

Our Mental Health Promotion Workers work with community groups and service providers in developing or enhancing mental health programs that deliver education and skill building as related to the social determinants, which have impacts on health of individuals and the community. The workers facilitates the development and implementation of appropriate strategies particular to each population to assess the community needs and create public awareness around culturally specific mental health issues
The overall goal of the Prevention and Promotion Service is to empower individuals with knowledge of mental health and resources so that they can play a more active role when it comes to their mental health. As well, the program aims to build community capacity by providing accurate information to reduce stigma, by facilitating equal access to mental health services, and encouraging community participation.


The major activities of the Prevention and Promotion Service include:

  1. Community Capacity Building through recruitment and development of volunteers; involvement of community individuals in the planning and development of program activities by participating on the Community Advisory Committee; linkage with ethno-specific community agencies to increase collaboration and coordination;


  2. Groups to promote personal growth, to enhance understanding of mental health/ mental illness, to foster mutual support and to explore strategies in maintaining mental well-being;


  3. Educational Activities on holistic health and mental illness to increase participants’ understanding in these areas, to enhance their skills in managing their emotions and problem solving, to increase their knowledge regarding family issues, parenting, identity and inter-generational relationships;


  4. Educational Materials on holistic health, mental well-being and mental illness are developed and produced in a linguistic and culturally appropriate format to provide easier access to accurate information for the target communities;


  5. Workshops on a variety of methods to manage stress, to relax and to increase one’s understanding in taking care of one’s physical, mental and spiritual well-being;


  6. Mass Promotional Activities with an aim to draw the public’s attention to mental health and their understanding of mental illness;


  7. Joint Outdoor Activities for consumers, family members and the public to facilitate integration and to reduce isolation;


  8. Media Campaign with ongoing media strategies to heighten the profile of mental health in the broader life context;


  9. Special Projects to address emerging community needs and to develop strategies to meet such needs.

 

Hong Fook Mental Health Association has fostered, built and maintained strong partnerships and collaborative relationships with other community-based organizations to deliver programs and services to our target communities in the Greater Toronto Area. We work closely with a number of organizations that provide free and low-cost services, such as legal, immigration, health, social and educational services, to support and assist the community and its residents. We pool our resources, using our various specialties, to run joint programs to increase community participation and draw out the strengths of the community for the betterment of the community as a whole. We also use the collaboration strategies to facilitate and build community capacity.

Resource Centre

The Resource Centre was established to provide culturally competent information related to the topics of mental well-being and mental illness for the purposes of consultation with service providers as well as an information library for the interested public.

The Resource Centre has the following:

 

  1. Resource Library with audio, video and reading information materials on mental illness and mental health related issues on the Asian communities;
  2. Consultation media for service providers regarding cultural appropriate practices with Asian communities and consumers;
  3. Workshop, training and conference documents on cultural competent practices in the mental health field;
  4. Production of education materials related to mental health and mental illness;
  5. Research publications;
  6. Social groups and life skills training information for people with mental illness.

 

Scarborough Head Office

  • 3320 Midland Avenue, Suite 201
  • Scarborough, ON, M1V 5E6
  • Tel: (416) 493-4242
  • Fax: (416) 493-2214

North York Branch

  • 1751 Sheppard Avenue East, G/F
  • North York, ON, M2J 0A4
  • Tel: (416) 493-4242
  • Fax: (416) 492-0644

Downtown Branch

  • 130 Dundas Street West, 3rd Floor
  • Toronto, ON, M5G 1C3
  • Tel: (416) 493-4242
  • Fax: (416) 595-6332