Mental health matters

 
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Called to serve the most vulnerable, Covenant Health has forged a legacy as a pioneer, leader and innovator in advocating for services and system changes that support people most at risk in society and individuals at times of their greatest vulnerability. Our goal is to create a just and caring society where every person has the ability to thrive in community. In May, a new complex mental health unit opened at St. Michael’s Health Centre in Lethbridge. There, people with significant histories of mental illness and addiction – who are unable to cope at home or in other community care centres -- can get the care they need in a supportive environment.

With greater staff to resident ratios in place, caregivers have more time to connect with residents and respond to their individual needs in a way that recognizes and enhances their sense of dignity.  Mental health issues are particularly complex when it comes to senior populations. Villa Caritas, Alberta’s only stand-alone geriatric mental health hospital, focuses on intervening early and preparing patients and their families for what’s to come. This focused care ensures those who are suffering from dementia are able to enjoy a high quality of life throughout the progression of the disease.


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OPENING OF COMPLEX CARE UNIT

Residents at the new complex mental health care unit at St. Michael’s Health Centre in Lethbridge get their own space, one-on-one time with staff and collaborative care. Learn what that means for people with histories of mental illness and addictions.

Read more on The Vital Beat.

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GREY NUNS BRIDGES GAP FOR PEOPLE WITH OPIOID ADDICTIONS

In 2017, 733 people in Alberta died from apparent accidental opioid overdoses, the vast majority of them fentanyl related. Learn how a Suboxone project is is helping to address a major public health crisis.

Read more on The Vital Beat.