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Sault Area Hospital Receives Funding From RBC Foundation To Make Virtual Home Visits To Mental Health And Addiction Patients

After receiving a grant of $ 28,500 from the RBC Foundation, the Sault Area Hospital Foundation (SAHF) is now able to invest in ways to virtually connect young people to local mental health and addiction support services.

The official SAHF announcement came on Saturday, marking World Mental Health Day (October 10).

With COVID-19 cases on the rise in Ontario, having to go to hospital can be a major additional cause of anxiety for those going through a mental health crisis.

The SAH Mental Health and Addiction Virtual Care Project will put more technology in the hands of crisis workers, allowing them to care for the patient in the community instead of having to bring the patient to the hospital.

The technology will also help patients who have been admitted to hospital for mental health reasons to stay in touch with family and friends outside the hospital walls while visitor restrictions are still in place. .

“Our goal is to bring specialized mental health and addiction care closer to the home. This equipment will reduce barriers to accessing specialized care and aims to reduce the number of unnecessary trips to the emergency department for assessment, ”said Lisa Case, clinical director of mental health and addictions at SAH, in a statement. .

SAH says he recognizes that there will always be people who need hospital care, but providing specialized care to people with mental health and addiction issues through virtual home visits will provide a more comprehensive approach. convenient for patients.

“With the COVID-19 pandemic, this support couldn’t have come at a better time. RBC’s commitment to breaking down barriers and making mental health services for young people more accessible was a perfect fit for this project, ”said Teresa Martone, CEO of SAHF.

“Reaching out to young people to provide this essential service virtually makes sense given the level of convenience they have with digital channels, and can also help alleviate any stigma they might feel associated with accessing them. care for their addictions and mental health issues, ”said Scott Simon, Regional Vice President of RBC Northern Lakes.

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