STEGH and CMHA partner to benefit patients

(St. Thomas, ON) – St. Thomas Elgin General Hospital (STEGH) and the Canadian Mental Health Association, Elgin Branch (CMHA), are pleased to announce a new initiative that will allow both organizations to continue their longstanding histories of providing exceptional mental health care to our community.

Effective today, STEGH and the CMHA have entered into a lease agreement resulting in onsite CMHA crisis support expertise at the hospital on weekends, evenings and after hours.

Individuals seeking crisis mental health support between the hours of 8:30 am and 4:30 pm Monday to Friday will continue to have their needs met at the CMHA Office on Centre Street, and 24/7 support will continue to be available through the mobile crisis support team, or the newly launched “Reach Out” regional mental health and addictions support service (see information below).

CMHA now occupies space on the first floor at STEGH and the CMHA office is staffed with two crisis support workers.

“This location of CMHA Crisis Support at STEGH will improve transition planning and ensure individuals receive timely access to crisis support 24 hours a day, seven days a week in our community,” says Paul Collins, STEGH President and CEO.

It is also anticipated that this collaboration between STEGH and CMHA will positively impact patients that come to the STEGH Emergency Department seeking crisis support but who may not require an admission to an acute mental health care bed in hospital.

“CMHA Elgin values its partnership with STEGH in delivering comprehensive mental health services in Elgin County to address all levels of need,” says Heather DeBruyn, CMHA Executive Director. “This collaboration will promote seamless transition between hospital and community.”

For more information, contact:

Nancy Lawrence, STEGH Strategic Communications and Stakeholder Relations Lead
Tel: 519-631-2030 ext.2184 Cell: 519-619-9547
Email: nlawrenc@stegh.on.ca

Jesse Lake, CMHA Director Human Resources and Communications
Tel: 519-633-1781 ext. 147 Cell: 226-980-8605
Email: jesse@cmhaelgin.ca

Reach Out is a bilingual 24/7 information, support and crisis service for those living in London, Middlesex, Oxford and Elgin. This service is for people living with mental health and addiction concerns – as well as their families, caregivers and health providers. The number is 519-433-2023. The toll free number is 1-866-933-2023. The website is www.reachout247.ca

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