Raging Greenies, seen here crashed the event to provide some inspirational singing devoted to the preservation of the Riverview Hopital site. Read the previous blog article about this event.
More treatment needed, Vancouver experts say, but not in psych wards.
The article refers to a report: CIHI releases top 10 reasons for hospitalization and surgery
And a reply to the Vancouver Sun article: excerpt from an opinion piece in the Vancouver Sun printed below in its entirety.
opinion: Seriously mentally ill left out in cold
Re: B.C. has higher rates of hospital stays due to mental illness than the rest of Canada, March 5
Increasing community resources and telephone access to talk therapy may be important for people with mental illness, but it cannot substitute for a dedicated centre like Riverview hospital.
It will not address the needs of those experiencing first-break psychosis, those relapsing, and those with treatment-resistant psychosis.
Community care also cannot meet the needs of individuals struggling with complex concurrent disorders whose needs could be met if Riverview was available as a one-stop shop for mental illness and substance abuse.
Focusing on people with mild-to-moderate problems may seem like a really good way to spend smart — but it leaves our most seriously ill and most vulnerable citizens out in the cold. In the long run this will cost not only more money, but more lives as well.
BC Schizophrenia Society, Richmond