Messages from GRH care providers and clients during Bell Let's Talk day
- Catrina's sign reads: help them remember what is good in their life. Sometimes it is hard to focus on the positives when feeling down.
- Christina's sign says: Help someone feel better by spending time with them and letting them talk about what is going on.
- Dr Heintzman's sign says: help someone feel better by showing interest in them as a person, for example asking about their kids, pets, favorite sports team or hobbies.
- Dr Okonkwo's sign reads: help someone feel better by being sensitive about how you approach the subject; a lot of people are not used to talking about their mental health.
- Megan's sign reads: Help someone every chance you get.
- Scott's sign reads: be kind
- Maura's sign reads: Help someone feel better by encouraging any form of regular exercise; invite them to go for a walk, meet at the gym or attend a yoga class
- Shani's sign reads: help someone feel better by staying connected with them; even if you don't know how to help or what to say.
- Sue's sign reads: help someone feel better by showing respect: anyone with a mental illness is a person first. Instead of focusing on the problem, celebrate the solution.
- Jaylene's sign reads: help someone feel better by being kind to each other. Give someone a compliment today.
Bell Let's Talk Day has helped Grand River Hospital celebrate our hospital community that's living with and supporting care in mental health.
As you can see above, we had many care providers and clients willing to talk about the best ways to support mental health recovery. We appreciate their candor in giving us all lessons in supporting loved ones and friends dealing with mental health.
We also wanted to celebrate our mental health providers. Below, you'll find links to stories we've posted over the past year featuring the many caring providers making a difference for patients and families.
We thank Bell for fostering an on-going discussion on mental health, as well as supporting mental health care and education through its grant program.
Grand River Hospital is a regional leader in mental health care, with a wide range of programs covering all ages. Mental health accounts for more than 10 per cent of GRH’s annual operating budget, approximately 41,000 patient days of care and 115 inpatient beds. We provide all of these services at our KW and Freeport campuses, as well as several satellite offices in the community.