Now, a year after the pandemic began, my colleagues and I are seeing the seams of all community members’ well-being and mental health unravelling at an exponential speed—especially in acute inpatient services. So much of our COVID-19 response as a community has focused on physical wellbeing. The mental health side of health care often gets overlooked.
But right now, the Victoria Hospitals Foundation is shining a light on us, on our services, and on our patients. Through their campaign, Equipped to Heal, they are sharing our stories and allowing our community to have a direct impact on mental health resources, care, and innovation at RJH. And we will gratefully take all the help we can get.
Inpatient acute psychiatric services, and outpatient Mental Health and Substance Use services (MHSU) play a vital role in supporting our community’s wellbeing. Our aim is to collaboratively provide individuals, family members, and the community adequate treatment, recovery and wellness education to support successful patient outcomes. And the demand for MHSU services for all populations is greater than ever.
My colleagues and I celebrated the opening of a new Psychiatric Sub-Acute unit this past March at the Eric Martin Pavilion on the RJH campus. The unit establishes a new and unique level of care for patients. On the unit, my colleagues and I work in partnership with patients to educate, and build their wellness toolkit and support their personal goals of where they want to go, and what they want to do. Together, patients and staff create a detailed map, guiding patients on a successful path to transition back into the community once more.