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Physician Profile: Mental Health

Osler’s psychiatrists are hopeful their donation will bring recognition to the importance of treating mental illnesses

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The caring psychiatrists at Brampton Civic and Etobicoke General provide specialized expertise each and every day. Now, they’re making personal financial donations as well.
 
Their recent department pledge to the Physician Campaign will go towards expanding mental health services at Osler’s three sites.
 
According to Osler’s Chief of Psychiatry, Dr. David Koczerginski, the need for mental health services has never been greater. About one in five people – over six and a half million Canadians – experience a mental illness in their lifetime, and most say the stigma is worse than the symptoms they feel.
 
“Our biggest challenge in treating patients is the large influx of cases within our growing community.”
 
Osler has the second-highest number of emergency mental health visits in Ontario – over 9,375 visits in 2015-16 alone. This figure reflects the fact that Brampton Civic is one of the few hospitals across Canada offering specialized inpatient units for vulnerable populations such as seniors, adolescents and those suffering from psychotic illnesses and mood disorders.
 
Having the capacity to deal with the increasing demand is a real concern. Osler’s psychiatrists are excited that Peel Memorial will offer expanded mental health support for patients with chronic diseases and transitional age youth, and be the new location for Osler’s offsite addiction counselling service, and child and adolescent mental health clinic.
 
“We think people get better care when they feel well connected and less fearful of the health system. They come to realize there is good, quality care available that can make a tremendous difference,” says Dr. Koczerginski.
 
Osler’s psychiatrists are hopeful their donation will bring recognition to the importance of treating mental illnesses.
 
“More people need to recognize there is a real significant need for mental health support, and that most of our patients can be well with the right care,” says Dr. Koczerginski.
Osler’s psychiatrists are hopeful their donation will bring recognition to the importance of treating mental illnesses.
 

Pictured above (l-r) Group 1: Dr. Balbhadar Sood, Dr. Farhan Hussain, Dr. David Koczerginski, Dr. Rishi Kumar, Dr. Manamohan Johnson;
Group 2: Dr. Charles Ohene Darkoh, Dr. Ewen MacPherson, Dr. Vivian El-Kholi, Dr. Albert Gyimah;
Group 3: Dr. Tapan Banik, Dr. Razi Sayeed, Dr. Naushad Noorani;
Group 4: Dr. Partha Acharyya, Dr. Ahmed Mansour, Dr. Sophia Lakatoo Hunt, Dr. Jagdeesh Dhaliwa.