Spotlight on Vancouver Coastal Health’s Mental Health Program

Letter from the Chairman, August 2018

Dear Readers,

Our Spotlight this month is on mental health. Did you know that over 1,500 suicides take place on in-patient psychiatry units each year, in the US alone? This month we’re highlighting Vancouver Coastal Health’s collaborative care planning program that provides mental health in-patients with tools to help, both the patients and their care team, reduce the risk of harm to themselves and others. The toolkit they’ve put together has not only improved patient outcomes by promoting patients to take a more active role, but it has also improved staff satisfaction since they feel that they have more resources to provide better care. It truly brings providers and patients together to work together.

There is an actionable solution for hospitals to reduce harm and mortality associated with mental health. Please download and implement it. If you have already implemented this APSS, or any other, and have a success story you’d like to share please contact Sarah Miller. We would love to feature your success story.

Also, don’t forget to register for our upcoming Midyear Planning Meeting, a working meeting, where we’ll focus on the six leading causes of preventable deaths. Your input matters as we develop solutions to these challenges. We hope you’ll join us!

And lastly, I ask that you think about how you as an individual can take action to advance patient safety! Please help lead us to ZERO; here are some ways you can help no matter your role in the healthcare ecosystem.

Joe Kiani
Founder and Chairman
Patient Safety Movement Foundation

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