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Project for Positive Change in Mental Health Care in Grey and Bruce

January 27, 2012

Friends, neighbours and colleagues,

Fellow mental health advocate Melanie Knapp and I are working on a Project for Positive Change in Mental Health Care in Grey and Bruce. We aim to inform people of the nature and context of mental health service delivery in the region – particularly at GBHS – and to improve things.

GBHS is a Schedule 1 facility: a hospital with both an outpatient psychiatric ward and an inpatient psych ICU (including lockdown for people in crisis).  Over the years, Mel and I have heard many of you – service users and allies alike – express concerns over some of the things you have encountered there.  These range from such details as the unavailability of toiletries for emergency patients, to systemic issues like failure to notify the Provincially mandated rights advisor, to the attitudes and institutional culture of the place as a whole.

Sadly, many residents of our area are unaware of these issues, or remain silent in the assumption that amongst the Ministry, the LHIN and the hospital itself, nothing can get done.  We believe otherwise!  Granted, this is not Toronto, where CAMH (Canada’s main psychiatric hospital) has a programme wherein psychiatric “Consumers”/Survivors conduct information sessions to advise staff on the patient experience.  GBHS only has a general complaints department.
But we’re not here to complain.  We’re here to educate, inform, and change.

And so we need your help.  We need to HEAR YOUR VOICES.  Our intention is to solicit advice and obtain accounts of your experiences, in order to learn of any and all concerns you may have.

All information will be held in the strictest confidence.  Anonymity is guaranteed.  In fact, I expressly DO NOT want to know names and identities (neither yours, in so far as this is possible, nor any staff members).

Please leave me an email at r_sitoski@yahoo.ca or leave a comment here.

We would be very pleased to share more details about this project with you, and we’re looking forward to hearing from you.
Thank you,
Rico

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4 Comments leave one →
  1. catherine333 permalink
    January 28, 2012 5:30 am

    awesome initiative!

  2. January 28, 2012 7:38 am

    Thanks. I’m anticipating some feedback imminently.

  3. January 28, 2012 2:07 pm

    here to help however!

    • February 1, 2012 7:57 am

      Yup! I figured as much! I shall consult with Mel. The project is, uhm, “setting the stage for moving forward,” meaning that things are brewing!

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