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Asian immigrants, including East, Southeast, and South Asians, are the fastest-growing ethnic group in Canada, representing approximately 15% of the Canadian population . Although stigma associated with mental illness cuts across all backgrounds, it is more present in some newcomer communities.  According to the 2011 National Household Survey, Ontario had the highest number of immigrants at 3,611,400 or 53.3% of all immigrants in Canada. Statistics Canada reports that in 2011, 46% of Toronto’s population was comprised of immigrants. In the GTA, out of recent immigrants 70% are  of Asian origins.

In Ontario the Strength In Unity project will focus on the Greater Toronto Area.

The research team in Toronto is led by  Co-PI Dr. Kenneth Fung from the Department of Psychiatry, University of Toronto and  Co-PI Dr. Josephine Wong from the School of Nursing, Ryerson University. Toronto site Co –Investigators include Dr. Amy Bender from University of Toronto, Dr. Naila Butt from Social Services Network, Toronto,  and Dr. Yogendra Shakya from Access Alliance multi-cultural health and community services.

Toronto Team

Dr. Kenneth Fung, Co-Principal Investigator, University of Toronto
Dr. Josephine Wong, Co-Principal Investigator, Ryerson University
Dr. Amy Bender, Co-Investigator, University of Toronto
Dr. Naila Butt, Co-Investigator, Social Services Network
Dr. Yogendra Shakya, Co-Investigator, Access Alliance multi-cultural health and community services

Toronto site research staff with Dr. Kenneth Fung

Toronto team with Kenneth

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Local resources

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Emergency/Crisis Services are listed below

Mobile Crisis Lines. These lines are open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

  • Gerstein Centre Crisis Line (suicide prevention) call 416-929-5200 webpage:
  • Toronto Distress Centre: 416-408-4357
  • St. Michael’s Hospital Toronto Downtown Mobile Crisis Intervention Team: Monday-Sunday 1 pm-11 pm *to access team call 911 * serves Toronto Police 51 and 52 Divisions
  • Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH): 416 535-8501 extension 6885 (24 hour service)

Contact Us – Toronto Project Office

Address: Suite 340, 415, Young Street, Toronto, M5B 2E7
Phone: 416-979-5129







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