My 92-year-old mother, Shiu-ngan, a retired seamstress, was an active member of the North Toronto Chinese Baptist Church for years.
It’s 5 a.m. on a Tuesday morning. Most of the city is fast asleep, but for the night shift team in the Charlotte & Lewis Steinberg Emergency at North York General.
For decades, mental health issues seemed to fly under the radar. Stigma often kept conditions like anxiety, depression — and those who suffered from them, shrouded in mystery and shame.
Our daughter Ella had always been an enthusiastic and happy person until 2021, when she started to become more withdrawn and less motivated. At first, we thought it might be teenage hormones — she was 15. However, the problem continued and by fall Ella seemed like a different person. We became terribly concerned.
Debbie works in the Surgical Inpatient Services department as a Unit Secretary at North York General Hospital.
North York General Foundation
4001 Leslie Street, Toronto, ON