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Mental Health Advocacy

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  • 1. MENTAL HEALTH ADVOCACY Andy Cox Mental Health Advocateandy.cox@iwk.nshealth.ca 902.470.7302
  • 2. IWK’s Mental Health Advocate? -Brief history -What I do -How
  • 3. Why Mental Health Advocacy? “I was told to just listen. It is not your job to get you better” -patient “They (the clinicians) told me that I don’t have capacity to make treatment decisions…I wondered what the hell that meant – I’m stupid?” -patient “We just assumed that we were not suppose to give our opinion about our daughter’s illness and treatment.” -parent
  • 4.  “Myschool said that I have to repeat my grade because I was in the hospital too long.” –youth “Howcome my class didn’t welcome me back with balloons like the kid with cancer?” -youth
  • 5.  “Mygroup home won’t take me back. I need a home” -youth d/c from mental health inpatient unit “How do I get him help?” -family
  • 6.  “Ihad a six month wait to get mental health services, the ER would not admit me even though I felt like killing myself, and now that I have services I spend 10 minutes a month with a clinician to go over my medication.” -youth
  • 7. Types of Advocacy Legal Advocacy Social Advocacy Individual Advocacy Crisis Advocacy
  • 8.  Informal/Natural Advocacy Formal Advocacy Collective Advocacy Systemic Advocacy
  • 9. Types of Advocates Self-advocates Consumer Group (or peer) advocates Family as advocates Citizen advocates
  • 10.  Staff as advocates Boards as advocates Substitute decision-makers as advocates Lawyers as advocates
  • 11. IWK Programs Central Referral 902.464.4110 Mobile Crisis 429-8167 (1-888-8167) Mental Health Crisis Team Inpatient Unit 4South Community Mental Health Maritime Psychiatry (sub-specialty mh services) Residential (ACT, Compass)
  • 12.  Day Treatments (Child and Family, Adolescent) ICBTT Choices: Outpatient, Day Tx, Residential Tx Complex Case Management Child Welfare Mental Health Team Reproductive Mental Health Forensic Services
  • 13. Mental Health Commission of Canada (MHCC) PARTNERS FOR MENTAL HEALTH

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