Mental Health In-Patient & Staff Summer BBQ 2017

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Tis’ the season to be Q’ing!!!!

Back by popular demand, the In-Patient MH services will be holding its annual Summer BBQ.

For the past 6 years during the summer months our Mental Health Team spends a lunch with our in-patients enjoying burgers and various summer dishes on the 3C patio.

All of this was birthed to improve our relationships with our patients during a season where being cooped up in a hospital during our short Canadian summers can be increasingly depressing.  Not only do staff enjoy a break from the normal daily grind, but our patients also enjoy this event veering away from the usual hospital experience.  Here at TSRH we strive to improve the patient experience and Mental Health is one department where our patients always come first.

This years summer BBQ kicks off on Friday, June 30th on our wonderful 3C patio.  Like previous years our kick off party will feature musical performances from various former in-patients.  Food will be cooked by our resident BBQ master, Michael M.  And to spice this up for this years kick off party we will be having staff bring in various dishes/desserts to share ala potluck style.

Hope to see you all there!!!

When:  Friday, June 30, 2017 @ 1200hrs

Where:  3C (Birchmount) Patio

Following Dates throughout the summer:  July 14th, 18th & August 11th, 25th.

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3 in the Key (February 2017)

February was short and unfortunately our latest post of 3 in the Key is a day late but the show must go on!

For February’s edition of 3 in the Key we focus on yet another Social Worker from our Justice and Mental Health (JAMH) program, another Social Worker from our Adult Out-Patient clinic at 1225 Kennedy Rd. location, and an exceptional and experienced RPN on our in-patient unit 3B.

So what do Kerry Washington, 3 day weekends & a concert to Journey have in common?

Introducing 3 key staff members of the MH department….

Halimo H. (Social Worker for Justice and Mental Health/JAMH)

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What is your best childhood memory?

My best childhood memory is eating dinner as a family every night. This was really important to my parents, and with seven family members, dinner time was often a riot. With all my siblings grown up and all over Canada, those memories help us remain close.

Who would play you in the movie adaptation of your life?

Kerry Washington.

What do you feel most proud of?

I am most proud of the relationships I have with different people in my life. I think they are a testament to who I am, and they bring me a lot of joy.

If you could travel anywhere, where would you go and why?

My dream is to one day go to Ireland, find a vast field, and make my way to the middle of it and lay down. That’s the happy place I go to in my mind when I am stressed. Having lived my whole life in the city, there’s something very humbling and serene being surrounded by sky and land with no obstructions as far as the eye can see.

What are your top three favorite books and why?

  1. The alchemist-beautifully written, and encourages me to my value my dreams.
  2. Harry Potter series– because they’re awesome
  3. The complete collected poems of Maya Angelou– I love poetry, and Maya Angelou is an exceptional poet, author and woman.

If you were prime minister, what is the first thing you would do?

Free dental care for everybody! It’s so absurd that dental is not included in ohip.

What is your favorite part of your job?

My team 😀 . I work with amazing people, and that extends to all the staff at 2425.

How long have you worked at TSH?

I was a student with JAMH before becoming a staff member around May 2016. So in terms of working, my one year anniversary is approaching.

How would your friends describe you?

I posed this question to my friends, their response “open-minded”.

What does a perfect day look like to you?

Sunny, good sleep the night before, and no line at Starbucks. I’m very easily pleased.

What is a skill you’d like to learn and why?

I would love to learn how to sew. I tend to go shopping with an outfit already in mind and can never find what I pictured. Why not just make it myself.

Fill in the blank: If you really knew me, you’d know_____.

I never know the right words to songs but I sing them like I do.

What’s your favorite type of cuisine?

Anything with cheese in it.

Who did you first see live in concert?

Backstreet Boys

What’s the 1 thing you’ve waited in line the longest for?

Not by choice, but Service Ontario wait times are the worst.

If you could choose 1 amenity to add to the workplace, what would it be?

A little library

What other languages do you know?

Somali

Do you have any hobbies?

I play ball hockey poorly. I’m a little too into board games as well

Which of your 5 senses is the strongest? How about weakest?

Strongest: Smell

Weakest: Sight

What was the most incredible exotic place you’ve ever traveled to?

We lived in Syria when I was very young. As an adult, the most exotic (but not really) place I’ve travelled to would be Australia.

 

Melissa D. (Social Worker at Adult Out-Patient programs at 1225 Kennedy R.)

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What is your best childhood memory?

Swimming with the dolphins with my family. I love dolphins!

Who would play you in the movie adaptation of your life?

I really don’t know, but many people have drawn parallels between me and Emma Stone?

What do you feel most proud of?

That I get to wake up every day doing the job that I dreamed about since I was little. 

If you could travel anywhere, where would you go and why?

I would love to go to Africa to explore the culture and the jungle!

What are your top three favorite books and why?

“Love You Forever”- Robert Munsch

My Mom used to read this to me when I was little. It has a lot of sentimental value to me. 

“Next” –Michael Crichton

I read this during a period of time when I was really interested in genetic counselling.  It was riveting.

  “Camp X”- Eric Walters

I really enjoyed this book when I was in elementary school as I related the content to my Great Grandfather who would always tell more stories about World War II.  I got the meet the Author, which was really cool.

If you were prime minister, what is the first thing you would do?

Make weekends 3 days instead of 2. I firmly believe that this would increase quality of life and life satisfaction immensely. 

What is your favorite part of your job?

I love listening to people’s stories; I feel privileged that I get to help client’s be successful in achieving their own goals.

How long have you worked at TSH?

Since August 2016; 7 months

How would your friends describe you?

Always laughing and giggling; the “Mom” of the group; also has a dirty sense of humor 😀

What does a perfect day look like to you?

Not waking up to an alarm clock, homemade brunch, maybe a nice walk outside with my dog, a good book and quality time with my loved ones

What is a skill you’d like to learn and why?

I’d like to learn to play the piano.

Fill in the blank: If you really knew me, you’d know_____.

I’m very shy!

What’s your favorite type of cuisine?

Mexican….mmmm tacos!

Who did you first see live in concert?

Hedley

What’s the 1 thing you’ve waited in line the longest for?

Tickets to see Jimmy Fallon live in New York City

If you could choose 1 amenity to add to the workplace, what would it be?

A chef who could make lunches for the staff, because food made by someone else always tastes better!

What other languages do you know?

Sadly none, but I would love to learn Spanish

Do you have any hobbies?

I’m a sucker for dance; I teach fitness classes and I love to dabble in the odd tap or hip hop class. I also love to swim! 

Which of your 5 senses is the strongest? How about weakest?

Strongest- eyes

Weakest- I don’t know. I’d like to believe they are all pretty strong.

What was the most incredible exotic place you’ve ever traveled to?

Grand Cayman. I hope to expand this repertoire soon!

 

Jessica B. (RPN on In-Patient Psychiatry 3B)

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What is your best childhood memory?

Going with my bestfriend to their farm for a month in summer, stealing her grandparents mangos.

Who would play you in the movie adaptation of your life?

Regine Velasquez-Alcasid of the Philippines

What do you feel most proud of?

Being a nurse

If you could travel anywhere, where would you go and why?

In Madrid to watch bullfighting

What are your top three favorite books and why?

All Dale Carnegie’s books. So informative.

If you were prime minister, what is the first thing you would do?

Cut taxes and government spending.

What is your favorite part of your job?

Giving psychoeducation, counseling and health teachings to patients

How long have you worked at TSH?

6 years

How would your friends describe you?

Funny, bubbly, friendly and approachable

What does a perfect day look like to you?

Everybody’s happy and smiling

What is a skill you’d like to learn and why?

Sign language. To make friends with deaf-mute

Fill in the blank: If you really knew me, you’d know_____.

I am a Virgo. Down to earth. 

What’s your favorite type of cuisine?

Solid Filipino or Chinese

Who did you first see live in concert?

Journey

What’s the 1 thing you’ve waited in line the longest for?

Hahaha waiting for my Hello Kitty at McDonald’s in Hong Kong (1994)

If you could choose 1 amenity to add to the workplace, what would it be?

Swimming pool

What other languages do you know?

Basic Spanish, Cantonese, Italian and German

Do you have any hobbies?

Oh yes! Karaoke, dancing, biking, coin collecting, sewing, drawing, arts and crafts

Which of your 5 senses is the strongest? How about weakest?

Touch is my strongest and sight is my weakest.

(Haha you’ll see me napping on my breaktime because my eyes get tired so easily; and likes day shifts.)

What was the most incredible exotic place you’ve ever traveled to?

Hong Kong, China

 

Thank you Halimo, Melissa, & Jessica for contributing to Mental Notes!

-Mental Notes

Inpatient Mental Health Summer BBQ Kickoff

It’s that time of year again, no not construction season, but BBQ season!

Every summer for the past 5 years the inpatient units have held a BBQ lunch for the patients as well as the staff.  The BBQs start on the week of the summer solstice (June 21) and goes on every other week until the end of August.

This event has constantly been a success and is back again.

The hospital setting can be extremely stressful, not only for staff but for patients as well.  The BBQs have given the patients and staff a relaxing atmosphere to enjoy the summer weather and food.

As like last year our kickoff BBQ will not only include delicious burgers and sides but as well as a Live Band.

So if you’re at the Birchmount Site next Friday, come by the 3C patio and enjoy some great food and music!