Annual Report to the Community 2006 - 2007
CAMH’s Felix Munger (second from left) walks with Juanita Nathan , community outreach worker with Youthlink, and with Goperajah
Arulananthan (left) and Kalaiventhan Kanagarajah (right), both youth outreach workers with the Canadian Tamil Youth Development
“There are enormous needs in the Tamil community in Scarborough, but few services,” says Juanita Nathan. She is a community
outreach worker with Youthlink, a multi-service agency for young people and their families. “Most Tamil families come from
Sri Lanka and are dealing with posttraumatic stress from civil war, as well as the stress of establishing a new life here.
Some young people are dropping out of school, getting involved in gang activities and abusing alcohol and drugs.”
Juanita is preparing to launch the first addiction program for Toronto’s Tamil youth, a joint project between Youthlink and
the Canadian Tamil Youth Development Centre. CAMH’s Youth Outreach Services will provide the curriculum and help provide training.
The program will address specific needs in the Tamil community and build local capacity in addiction prevention and counselling.
The Youthlink program is one of seven addiction projects funded by Scarborough Addiction Services Partnership (SASP), which
is supported by CAMH. “Part of our focus is on building the addiction capacity of ethno-specific agencies in the community,”
says CAMH’s Felix Munger, SASP Project Manager. With funding from the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care, SASP provides
small program grants plus training, resources and networking opportunities for up to three years.
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Making Connections: Integration in Mental Health and Addiction