Family Inclusion program
Cornwall Community Hospital (CCH) has received a $20,000 grant from the Bell Let’s Talk Community Fund to kickstart an innovative Family Inclusion program.
Increasingly, progressive mental health and addictions professionals are realizing the importance of a supportive family in achieving positive outcomes. Naturally, the rights of the person receiving services must be respected when determining the level of family involvement.
However, trail-blazing programs like the one recently developed by St. Joseph’s Health Care in London and Hamilton are finding ways to establish lines of communication between clinicians and family members, while still respecting the Ontario Personal Health Information and Privacy Act.
“Meaningful communication can be a real problem,” said Dunvegan resident James Joyce, Chair of the CCH’s Mental Health Family Advisory Council (MHFAC). “Because of the PHIPA ( Personal Health Information and Privacy Act) tightrope, psychiatric staff who treat our loved ones are understandably reluctant to speak with us. That’s why we were so excited to learn about the groundbreaking advances being made at St. Joseph’s Healthcare.”
“We believe that developing a more inclusive model of care will help our clinicians who are working with patients with addiction and mental health issues to better recognize the contribution that family can make in the recovery process,” said Christine Penney, Vice- President of Community Programs at CCH.
“The Bell Let's Talk Community Fund grant will help CCH improve the mental health and wellbeing of people living with mental health issues.”
Let’s Talk Day
Bell will donate five cents toward mental health initiatives in Canada for every text and call, as well as selected social media activities during the seventh annual Bell Let's Talk Day, today (Jan. 25.)