The Adult Outpatient Program at TSH provides individual and group programming for those living with a major mental illness. The program is managed by a team of mental health care specialists and is run out of the hospital’s Birchmount campus and two satellite locations. It also offers a medication clinic for patients on long-acting neuroleptic medication, as well as Clozaril.
To better meet the needs of Scarborough residents and their families, TSH recently 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.
TSH is the first hospital in Canada to deliver Internet-Assisted Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (iCBT) (as part of its Adult Outpatient Program) and a one-of-a-kind Mental Health App Library.
iCBT is a flexible, six-week online therapy program that enables adult outpatients of The Scarborough Hospital’s Mental Health department to access treatment for anxiety and depression wherever and whenever it is most convenient for them.
Available through a physician referral, iCBT uses traditional (face-to-face) cognitive behavioural therapy modules adapted for email. A TSH therapist (who is dedicated to providing online services) emails outpatients one module per week. Patients can complete them on their own time, and then email them back to the therapist. The therapist then blocks off time to review the work and provide written feedback to the patient.
Mental Health App Library
The Mental Health Adult Outpatient Program has curated a Mental Health App Library consisting of 18 TSH 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.
Click here to access the Mental Health App Library.