Can you imagine feeling so sad, afraid, alone or without hope that each day is full of physical pain and mental anguish? What would this do to your work and family life? How would your life be affected by the fear of stigma and the sense of helplessness? One in five Canadians personally experiences a mental health disorder, while millions more are touched by mental illness through a co-worker, friend or family member.
The vast majority of mental health conditions begin before age 25; yet, ironically, this age group experiences the greatest gap in mental health services. Early intervention for a mental health disorder is incredibly important because it means the individual receives care before their symptoms irreparably disrupt their life or hospitalization is required. Our Hospital will introduce new programs and augment existing ones designed to intervene at the earliest signs of mental health difficulties.
This will include:
Philanthropic support will enable LHSC to enhance access to care and strengthen the continuity of care for patients with mental health disorders in London and Southwestern Ontario.