April 22, 2018

DAVIE VILLAGE POST Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada LGBTQ2+ Hub

Vancouver mental health hub success will depend on the province

Photo Credit To Mark van Manen , PNG

Once mental health hub is operational, St. Paul’s predicts it can bring down 10,500 mental health or addiction visits annually to just over 5,000.

Last week, Vancouver City Council voted to pitch in $1 million dollars to help St. Paul’s Hospital create a new mental health hub, which will help ER visitors arriving with mental health or addiction issues get out of the regular ER and into a separate stream geared to their needs.

If you’ve ever been to an Emergency Room and suffered a long uncomfortable wait, you might want to send a little thank you card or tweet of appreciation to city council for making the wise decision to support this innovative idea.

In the mental health hub, patients will be connected to community supports like temporary housing, counselling and rehab. After seeing medical staff, they’ll have a place to compose themselves. They’ll have the space to make some calls and perhaps arrange for family or a friend to come take them home. Notably, they’ll also have access to peer support, a chance to speak with someone who once stood in their shoes.

Post source : Trish Kelly, Vancouver Metro

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Rick has lived in Vancouver since 1991 - first off Commercial Drive and now in Renfrew Heights - with his husband of 34 years, Dan. He has a background in travel, an interest in LGBT history, and a fondness for all that is geek. As co-publisher of Davie Village Post, he looks for stories and news which are relevant to LGBT Vancouver, and invites you to submit your items and ideas.

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