WMHC Raises Awareness for Acquired Brain Injury Month

June 26, 2008
Acquired Brain Injury (ABI) is the leading cause of disability in people under 40 years of age. Whitby Mental Health Centre hosted an Open House this week to create more awareness about ABI and the services available in the community.

Organizations throughout the Greater Toronto Area came together to share knowledge, demonstrate their services and advocate for safety and awareness. Sheryl Bernard, Administrative Director of Special Services at WMHC says that people need to take better care of their brains. “Children, young adults and elderly people have the highest rate of ABIs. WMHC has an entire unit, the Neuropsychiatry Rehabilitation Service, dedicated to providing individualized care for patients with a brain injury.”

WMHC partners with a number of community organizations, such as 4Spheres Inc. to ensure patients receive support as they transition back into the community. Edmond Shirley with 4Spheres Inc says his organization has partnered with WMHC and provides community support for their patients as they transition back into the community, offering education, behaviour and rehabilitation services.

Attendees at the Open House listened to guest speakers, visited displays and participated in a tour of WMHC. Jack Polonsky of West Park Healthcare Centre’s Community Outreach Program says events like this help to create greater awareness about safety. “Brain injury can happen so easily. But, patients with an ABI need to know there is a lot of support in the community for them and their families.” About WMHC
Whitby Mental Health Centre is a public hospital that serves a population of 2.8 million residents and employs 1,200 people. WMHC provides a range of specialized mental health programs for inpatients and outpatients throughout a primary service area that includes Durham Region, York Region, Scarborough, Toronto, Haliburton, Northumberland, Peterborough Counties and the City of Kawartha Lakes. WMHC also operates treatment residences in Stouffville and Oshawa; provides specialized community outreach services; and supports residents in privately operated Homes for Special Care. In addition, the Centre is actively involved in mental health research and education activities.

WMHC and its Board of Directors are committed to working in consultation with the community at large towards reaching its vision and implementing its strategic directions. For more information on strategic planning initiatives and operational data, or to provide feedback on program services, policies or the facility, please contact WMHC Information at 905-668-5881 ext. 6631 or communications@ontarioshores.ca.

For more information, or to set up an interview, please contact:
Communications and Public Affairs
Ontario Shores Centre for Mental Health Sciences
905-430-4055 ext. 4001