Health Sciences North (HSN) Foundation is thrilled to announce it was the recipient of a $20,000 Bell Let’s Talk Community Fund grant at the Sudbury Wolves home game in support of youth mental health on Friday, January 26. The grant will enable HSN to expand access to its Mental Health Crisis Intervention Service by offering 24/7 in-the-moment mental health assistance to people in their homes via videoconferencing, with the opportunity for a psychiatric consultation.
“On behalf of HSN’s Mental Health and Addictions Program, I would like to express our sincere appreciation to the Bell Let’s Talk Community Fund for this investment in the expansion of our capability to provide remote mental health services,” said Natalie Aubin, Administrative Director, Mental Health and Addictions, HSN. “Timely access to specialized services is one of the most important challenges faced by rural communities. By leveraging technology, we are further enabled to meet the needs of those that we serve.”
Via a secure video conferencing link, people have 24/7 access to qualified Crisis Clinicians who have the ability to refer to urgent psychiatric consultation 3 hours a day, 5 days a week. Not only will the service allow people to get psychiatric help in their home, regardless of where they live, it will also reduce the impact on emergency services, the emergency department and police calls. The service will also cut travel time and travel expenses for clients, reduce wait times for urgent psychiatric consultation and lessen the impact of crisis in the community.
“Bell Let’s Talk is very proud to support the expansion of HSN’s Mental Health Crisis Intervention Service,” said Mary Deacon, Chair of Bell Let’s Talk. “The 2017 Bell Let’s Talk Community Fund provided 70 grants to support programs providing mental health services in communities around the country. And with our recent announcement about doubling the fund, we look forward to supporting the work of many more groups like Health Sciences North Foundation in 2018.”
“Health Sciences North Foundation is excited to receive this $20,000 grant from the Bell Let’s Talk Community Fund,” said Mary Lou Hussak, President and CEO, HSN Foundation. “We are proud to work with Bell, and this grant demonstrates Bell’s commitment to accessible mental health programs in our community. We are confident that these funds will make mental health crisis support services more reachable to those who need it most in Northeastern Ontario.”
Health Sciences North’s Mental Health and Addictions Program delivers integrated community and hospital-based services to people of all ages, in individual, group and family based care models at eight locations. Mental health and addictions professionals provide assessments, treatments, support and consultations to tens of thousands of individuals and their families each year.
Photo (left-right): Dr. Rayudu Koka, Medical Director, Mental Health and Addictions, HSN; Debra Dawe, Manager, Community Engagement, HSN Foundation; Natalie Aubin, Administrative Director, Mental Health and Addictions, HSN; Maureen McLelland, Special Advisor to the CEO for Strategic Planning, HSN; Sandy McDonald, Regional Director, Community Affairs, Bell; Robin Cheslock, Clinical Manager, Urgent Response and Care Transitions, HSN; Mary Lou Hussak, President and CEO, HSN Foundation; Sally Dunton, Manager, Community Engagement, HSN Foundation