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  • Bonnie
    July 02, 2010 - 13:11

    Had to comment on this, because of last comment in article.
    It is difficult on the patient with a mental illness,I know because I live with one,but staff that treat them should not be forgotten.
    The dedicated who give of themselves in order to help patients are mothers,fathers and parents themselves. They put themselves in danger everyday,as patients in a crisis can be unpredictable.They are in crisis,or they wouldn't be in the hospital.
    Let's stop finger pointing and blaming, and strive to remember something. While things need to be changed to protect and help patients,they also have to include all who are involved with them.
    You can't forget that it is not just the patients going through the crisis,everyone and anyone involved is affected as well.
    Great Kudos from me for anyone that dedicates themselves to helping with mental illnesses,and a big thank you as well.

  • curious
    July 02, 2010 - 13:09

    this is interesting.... it is now 2010 and although I don't know what it was like in 2008 for people in this situation, I do know what it was like in 2009 and 2010, to date. I don't see anything positive about the way the youth mental health issues are treated here! As a parent of a child who has been in the care of the Janeway for mental health issues, I have been shocked by the way, my child and us as parents have been handled. our story is long and scary. If you can imagine, you are sitting in emerg at the Janeway after your child has just tried to take his/her own life (not for the 1st time), you are waiting and waiting after 2 residents and 1 on duty Dr. asks you and your child the same questions over and over, then leave you in a room to return and tell you, they have to wait for a pyschiatrist to come in.... when you do get to see the psychiatrist to your surprise they just want to send you home to deal with it? It may be a common situation for them, but its a nightmare while going through it. We just about begged for our child to be admitted and were so shocked to hear that there may be no room for them, and that it may not be a good idea to have someone who doesn't have severe problems yet to stay on a ward with patients that are much worse and could pass some of their bad behaviours/habits on to your child and they could leave the ward worse off! Ok, so maybe others see this as normal, I don't! Well, then you wait your way through the system to get referred to some professional to help your child ... months later you get a call, weeks or months later you get to see someone on an outpatient basis, so that's great your child (and family) have lived in a hellish fear during these months, not knowing what to do what might happen next. When you finally get your child in to see someone that they are willing to talk to, and things start to look a little better as this person is making a difference, you see light at the end of the tunnel the child you knew is starting to surface again.... then you receive a call saying your child's appt is cancelled and you will get a call to re-schedule, 2 weeks - no call, so you call again to find out that this Dr. is away for a while , when will he/she return? we have no idea , oh, so what does your child do now? you could see another Dr.? Problem is it took months to get your child to trust the first Dr. and convince them to get help and continue (because once they are 16, it is their choice to go, no one can force them). So, no one knows where this Dr. went, when he/she will be back or IF they'll be back... no one can give you a solution--- back to square one again. So I ask, how can Eastern Health let this happen? There must be something they can do. In teens with these problems, my experience has taught me that consistency in treatment is key, but that is now out of your control... what do you tell your child? If something happens, who is responsible? If I had not followed up, they'd never had contacted me, my child lost due to the lack of mental health care for youth in this province.... So, whatever improvements they have made or plan to make, I don't see it, my child doesn't see it for sure! This situation is not acceptable, Eastern Health needs to get to the grass roots of the issue, the staff at the Janeway in the psychiatry dept are trying their best in most cases, but they need adminstration's support. I guess no one at the top has gone through this hell, otherwise, they'd not be able to sit back while our youth just slip through cracks meanwhile, their health deteriorating unecessarily... the thing is if it is not an outward visible disease and its not something a lot of us talk about everyting looks fine to the outside world; but if something soon doesn't change, something tragic will happen, and then its a public relations nightmare then they fire a few people, cover up and move on while children and families still suffer. Someone needs to listen, someone needs to fix this system, listen to the children, their families etc. listen to the Dr's and mental health professionals dealing with this all the time - they have the answers.
    I lie awake worried every night and pray that something will change for real so my child and all the other children living in their own hell of mental illness, can get some help... put politics and egos aside for the sake of our youth, they are crying out for help. This is simply my opinion on the situation, based on experience - I thank everyone that is trying to help!

  • Bonnie
    July 01, 2010 - 19:47

    Had to comment on this, because of last comment in article.
    It is difficult on the patient with a mental illness,I know because I live with one,but staff that treat them should not be forgotten.
    The dedicated who give of themselves in order to help patients are mothers,fathers and parents themselves. They put themselves in danger everyday,as patients in a crisis can be unpredictable.They are in crisis,or they wouldn't be in the hospital.
    Let's stop finger pointing and blaming, and strive to remember something. While things need to be changed to protect and help patients,they also have to include all who are involved with them.
    You can't forget that it is not just the patients going through the crisis,everyone and anyone involved is affected as well.
    Great Kudos from me for anyone that dedicates themselves to helping with mental illnesses,and a big thank you as well.

  • curious
    July 01, 2010 - 19:44

    this is interesting.... it is now 2010 and although I don't know what it was like in 2008 for people in this situation, I do know what it was like in 2009 and 2010, to date. I don't see anything positive about the way the youth mental health issues are treated here! As a parent of a child who has been in the care of the Janeway for mental health issues, I have been shocked by the way, my child and us as parents have been handled. our story is long and scary. If you can imagine, you are sitting in emerg at the Janeway after your child has just tried to take his/her own life (not for the 1st time), you are waiting and waiting after 2 residents and 1 on duty Dr. asks you and your child the same questions over and over, then leave you in a room to return and tell you, they have to wait for a pyschiatrist to come in.... when you do get to see the psychiatrist to your surprise they just want to send you home to deal with it? It may be a common situation for them, but its a nightmare while going through it. We just about begged for our child to be admitted and were so shocked to hear that there may be no room for them, and that it may not be a good idea to have someone who doesn't have severe problems yet to stay on a ward with patients that are much worse and could pass some of their bad behaviours/habits on to your child and they could leave the ward worse off! Ok, so maybe others see this as normal, I don't! Well, then you wait your way through the system to get referred to some professional to help your child ... months later you get a call, weeks or months later you get to see someone on an outpatient basis, so that's great your child (and family) have lived in a hellish fear during these months, not knowing what to do what might happen next. When you finally get your child in to see someone that they are willing to talk to, and things start to look a little better as this person is making a difference, you see light at the end of the tunnel the child you knew is starting to surface again.... then you receive a call saying your child's appt is cancelled and you will get a call to re-schedule, 2 weeks - no call, so you call again to find out that this Dr. is away for a while , when will he/she return? we have no idea , oh, so what does your child do now? you could see another Dr.? Problem is it took months to get your child to trust the first Dr. and convince them to get help and continue (because once they are 16, it is their choice to go, no one can force them). So, no one knows where this Dr. went, when he/she will be back or IF they'll be back... no one can give you a solution--- back to square one again. So I ask, how can Eastern Health let this happen? There must be something they can do. In teens with these problems, my experience has taught me that consistency in treatment is key, but that is now out of your control... what do you tell your child? If something happens, who is responsible? If I had not followed up, they'd never had contacted me, my child lost due to the lack of mental health care for youth in this province.... So, whatever improvements they have made or plan to make, I don't see it, my child doesn't see it for sure! This situation is not acceptable, Eastern Health needs to get to the grass roots of the issue, the staff at the Janeway in the psychiatry dept are trying their best in most cases, but they need adminstration's support. I guess no one at the top has gone through this hell, otherwise, they'd not be able to sit back while our youth just slip through cracks meanwhile, their health deteriorating unecessarily... the thing is if it is not an outward visible disease and its not something a lot of us talk about everyting looks fine to the outside world; but if something soon doesn't change, something tragic will happen, and then its a public relations nightmare then they fire a few people, cover up and move on while children and families still suffer. Someone needs to listen, someone needs to fix this system, listen to the children, their families etc. listen to the Dr's and mental health professionals dealing with this all the time - they have the answers.
    I lie awake worried every night and pray that something will change for real so my child and all the other children living in their own hell of mental illness, can get some help... put politics and egos aside for the sake of our youth, they are crying out for help. This is simply my opinion on the situation, based on experience - I thank everyone that is trying to help!