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Mental Health Day Hospital to Open in Cape Breton

Nov 8, 2022 | 6:00 AM

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A new day hospital will offer intensive mental health treatment for people in Cape Breton.

The facility will be located at the Cape Breton Regional Hospital in Sydney and will provide an additional point of care for people living with mental illnesses. People in need of intensive treatment can attend during the day and return home in the evening. It will operate seven days a week with an initial capacity of up to 10 people a day. That is expected to increase to 15 people a day.

Patients will receive care from an experienced mental health team that will provide treatment for people dealing with personality disorders, adjustments disorders, dementia, and anti-social behaviors.

This is the second mental health day hospital pilot in the province. The first one in Halifax has had some success with reduced wait times and an increased availability of psychiatric beds. “Nova Scotians deserve supports and treatments that address their care needs.” says Brian Comer, Minister Responsible for the Office of Addictions and Mental Health. “This day hospital recognizes that not everyone needs around-the-clock hospital care. Expanding the pilot here in Sydney will mean that more Cape Bretoners stay closely connected to family while getting the help they need.”

Cameron Rankin, a mental peer supporter in Sydney welcomed the announcement, as someone who experienced mental health challenges, he believes this new hospital will be an asset.

The estimated annual costs for the day hospital will be around one million dollars. It is expected to open in the spring of 2023



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