At NECHC we understand that many stressors in life may lead to difficult situations and outcomes in an individual’s life. Concerns with anxiety, depression, chronic pain, history of abuse, family relations, grief and other issues may become road blocks to our overall health and well-being. Working with our social worker and mental health nurses can provide the skills and knowledge to reframe our thinking and actions to more positive outcomes. Early identification and intervention of mental illness can lead to increased ability to cope and function within relationships, work environments, and society. Some mental illness conditions may be considered a chronic illness, not unlike diabetes or hypertension, that with the proper medication, lifestyle changes, and supports can lead to improved health and well-being.
At the North End Community Health Centre there are two mental health workers; a part-time community mental health nurse from the Nova Scotia Health Authority and a part-time social worker from the IWK Health Centre. They each have support services from psychiatrists weekly thus ensuring quick access to psychiatric services.
These mental health workers collaborate and have immediate access to our on-site health care providers and vice versa. Mental health services provided include individual assessments and diagnosis, health promotion, and disease prevention, acute episodic care, continuing monitoring and interventions of persistent mental illnesses, education and advocacy.