Mental Health concerns growing

The Hanover and District Hospital is facing an unprecedented rise in mental health and addiction problems.

Doctors are expressing serious concerns over the lack of resources and regional beds for patients suffering with mental health and addiction issues.

Hospital CEO Katrina Wilson says the Hanover ER has the highest rate of mental health and addiction patients in all of south Grey and Bruce Counties.

Wilson says there is a huge mental health services gap in this region that needs to be addressed immediately.

The challenge says Wilson is finding available bed at the various designated mental health facilities such as the Owen Sound, Stratford, Goderich or London Hospitals.

The South Bruce Grey Health Centre Chief of Staff Dr. Lisa Roth shares Wilson’s concern.

She recently expressed similar frustration with the lack of regional resources calling it an “Extremely flawed system…that seems to be getting worse.”

Wilson says the problem has become so overwhelming that the Hanover Hospital has been lobbying the LHIN (Local Health Integration Network) for their help in this matter.

Wilson says while Hanover may not be able to increase regional resources, the Hospital is doing what it can to help mitigate the situation.

This includes a special Mental Health Information Night that the Hanover Hospital is hosting at the P&H Centre Thursday, with all the key community players involved in health and mental health well being. (private meeting – not open to public)

By bringing together the various mental health community partners, their Board members, local physicians as well as the Hospital Board of Governors, Wilson hopes to better link the services available to provide improved care for those in need of mental health services.

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