St. Thomas, ON – An exciting partnership has begun between Volunteer Services, Security Services and the Mental Health Care Program at the St. Thomas Elgin General Hospital (STEGH). The Canadian Mental Health Association partnered with the Hospital to provide Mental Health First Aid training to this large and enthusiastic group.
Mental Health First Aid gives people the skills and sensitivity to provide the early and timely help that is so important in recovery. These sessions explain mental illness, signs, symptoms of common mental health conditions and challenges associated with the symptoms. Information about effective interventions and treatments, and how best to provide assistance are covered in the four day course.
Many of the volunteers attending the course will serve on the new Welcome Ambassador team at STEGH – a new volunteer team uniquely trained to assist patients and families, providing information and directions, at the main welcome centre of the Mental Health Care Program.
“Volunteer and security staff participated in this training session to facilitate an excellent patient care experience for those they serve at STEGH,” explains Lisa Minielly, STEGH Volunteer Services Specialist. We celebrate our first graduates of this program today, October 30th, 2013.”
STEGH’s new Mental Health Care Program, opening in January 2014, will include 15 In-Patient beds and associated Out-Patient programs and Services for the community of Elgin and St Thomas.