Mental Health Care Program - In The News

October 2013 - Mental Health First Aid Training a First for STEGH 
An exciting partnership has begun between Volunteer Services, Security Services and the Mental Health Care Program at the St. Thomas Elgin General Hospital (STEGH).  The Canadian Mental Health Association partnered with the Hospital to provide Mental Health First Aid training to this large and enthusiastic group. Read more...

September 2013 - STEGH hosted a Lunch and Learn Session About Dementia - the first in a series of Mental Health Care Speakers for staff and guests.

Wendy Francis, Long-Term Care Educator/First Link Coordinator with the Alzheimer Society Elgin-St. Thomas presented to two groups over the lunch hour. Guests learned about tips for decreasing fear and agitation in patients with dementia; Spotting the difference between delirium and dementia; The importance of family involvement when assessing and treating patients with dementia; and the new Partnership between Medic Alert  Bracelets and Safely Home

September 2013 - Don't miss the STEGH Foudation's Chair Affair - A gala event  to raise funds for our Mental Health Care Program

May 2013 - On Saturday May 25th, the sky was the limit, as STEGH, leader of a new Mental Health Anti-Stigma Team, joined with community partners to fly a kite at the Strawberry Fields Kite Festival.  Read More...

May 2013 - Raising the Canadian Mental Health Association’s (CMHA) flag at the St. Thomas Elgin General Hospital  signaled the celebration of the first Mental Health Day at STEGH. This is the first time STEGH has marked this occasion and does so in anticipation of the new mental health care program opening at the Hospital in January 2014. Read more...

February 2013 - Construction is underway at the STEGH to prepare for a new mental health care program on the First Floor, west wing of the Hospital. In January 2014, STEGH will open a Schedule 1 mental health care unit which includes a 15 bed  inpatient unit for patients requiring hospitalization for up to 2 weeks; and related outpatient programs and services. The program will remain in this temporary location until the permanent facility, part of STEGH’s larger redevelopment project, is complete in 2017. STEGH is part of the mental health restructuring occurring across southwestern Ontario. One of the elements of that transformation is the transfer of beds and services from St. Joseph’s Regional Mental Health Care (RMHC) to four partner hospitals within Ontario. The last of the four transfers involves the transfer of 15 acute care beds and related ambulatory services to STEGH. The first steps for STEGH’s Mental Health Care program development began last January with a planning session at the Hospital that included more than 40 people representing area groups and organizations, all partners in delivering mental health care for Elgin County. Read more...