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BGH takes aim to de-stigmatize mental health

BGH takes aim to de-stigmatize mental health

Dr. Rob Malone, Chief of Staff at Brockville General Hospital, presented a talk entitled ‘How Thinking Affects the Way We Feel’ in recognition of Bell Let’s Talk Day on January 30. – Submitted Photo

Brockville – In recognition of Bell Let’s Talk Day on January 30, Brockville General Hospital (BGH) offered a mental health talk to staff, physicians, and volunteers. The presentation, ‘How Thinking Affects the Way We Feel’, was led by Dr. Rob Malone, Chief of Staff at BGH.

“Mental health is just as important as physical health,” said Dr. Rob Malone. “Initiatives like Bell Let’s Talk go a long way to de-stigmatize individuals who seek help when facing mental health challenges. By speaking openly and honestly, we support those in our community who face these challenges every day.”

The Hospital’s staff, physicians and volunteers recognize the need to end the stigma around mental health. Following the presentation, some of the over 60 attendees were asked why talking about mental health is so important.

Feedback included:

“Members of my family have been affected by mental health issues. Days like today (Bell Let’s Talk) makes it ok to talk about the internal struggles we all face.”

“As someone who has struggled with my mental health in the past, it’s so encouraging to see so many people come together to support each other.”

“It’s important to care for the body and the mind. I think in healthcare we often forget to care for our minds, but days like Let’s Talk remind us just how important it is.”

BGH is committed to providing quality mental healthcare to the Leeds, Grenville and South Lanark community. The Mental Health Crisis Service provides a first-response for those addressing a mental health crisis situation. This team, staffed by nurses and social workers, provides timely assessment, stabilization, and referrals to appropriate resources to in crisis.

Additionally, our mental health crisis line is available 24/7, 365 days a year to our community. Bell Let’s Talk Day has been held annually since 2011, with the goal of eliminating the stigma around mental health in Canada. In total, the initiative has raised over $90 million towards mental health programs and services.

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