On Oct 21, 2018, the Foundation joined the Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Challenge to raise funds to support unfunded or under-funded services offered by the Association. Even though a first-year charity participating this event, Hong Fook still rallied support of 47 runners/walkers, some of them even came all the way from Hong Kong and the United States. Over $47,000 was raised. It was a cold fall morning but the generosity of our sponsors warmed all the participants’ hearts.
Culturally and linguistically appropriate community-based mental health services are essential to clients with a culture background. Our seniors and newcomers face language and cultural barriers when they navigate social services and health care. Our youth struggle with identity confusion which impact their peer engagement and social inclusion. These challenges deteriorate our clients’ mental health status and delay their treatment.
Over half of the population in Greater Toronto Area are visible minorities. Every one in four visible minorities are from Chinese, Korean or Southeast Asian background. Currently at Hong Fook, there is a 10-month wait time on average for clients to access the intensive Case Management service, which doubles the wait time of mainstream community mental health agencies.
We hope to raise awareness and end the stigma associated with mental illness, which prevent equal and timely service access. We would also like to advance our resources in championing culturally competent care in mental illness so that we can improve the lives of Asian and other communities.