An estimated one in every five Canadians will develop a mental illness at some time in their lives. The Royal Jubilee Hospital provides comprehensive mental health services for patients suffering from acute psychiatric illness to long-term mental health challenges.

The Archie Courtnall Centre at Royal Jubilee Hospital is our region’s Psychiatric Emergency Services Unit. It is devoted solely to helping people who need a combination of professional skills to safely navigate through their most difficult times. Specialized mental health and addiction services include immediate assessment and crisis intervention for everyone in our community who requires it. Last year, the Archie Courtnall Centre served more than 1,000 people.

The first two levels of the Patient Care Centre are dedicated to those staying in hospital for mental health care, including a dedicated Seniors Mental Health Unit. This integration provides a dignified union between physical and mental health and helps to reduce the stigma around mental illness. The majority of patients have their own rooms and bathrooms, and all have access to outdoor gardens. This calm, natural environment has dramatically reduced the need for medication. Last year, there were nearly 1,300 cases of people needing in-hospital psychiatric care with the average stay being about a month.

To support patients and families living in our community, mental health services are also available on an outpatient basis through the Eric Martin Pavilion.

Supporting mental health care makes a real difference in the lives of people struggling with the day-to-day challenges of mental illness.