It’s a Family Matter: Navigating mental health emergencies

This event will feature insights from family caregivers, first responders and emergency department teams. Be sure to arrive early for an opportunity to meet local family support services.

When: Thursday February 27, 2020  
6 to 7 pm - Reception and family support services information fair (light refreshments available)
7 to 8:30 pm - Presentation

Auditorium, The Royal, 1145 Carling Avenue (pay and display parking)

As family members and caregivers, experiencing a mental health crisis with our loved ones can be very overwhelming and emotional time that may include taking them to a local emergency department (ED). This presentation will be a moderated panel of health care professionals and first responders, along with a family caregiver, who will share effective strategies and techniques for families attending the ED. The panel will highlight a behind the scenes overview of what happens from the time a patient enters the ED until they are assessed by mental health staff; what types of concerns are best addressed by the ED versus through other resources; what goes into deciding whether an admission to hospital is recommended and how both your loved ones and family members can prepare for an ED visit.
Be sure to arrive early to enjoy refreshments and meet local family support services, including: Hopewell; National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) Family-to-Family Education Programs in Ontario; Ottawa Network for Borderline Personality Disorders (ON-BPD); Parents Lifeline of Eastern Ontario (PLEO); OASIS in Kanata; The Royal Family Advisory Council, The Royal Family Support Program and The Royal Ottawa Foundation for Mental Health.

Juliet Haynes, MSW, RSW, Family Engagement and Experience Coordinator, The Royal

  • Leo Carroll MD, MSc in Quality Improvement and Patient Safety, Emergency Physician, Clinical Fellow in Emergency Medicine, University of Ottawa | The Ottawa Hospital
  • Mark Kaluzienski, BSc, MD, FRCPC, Interim Head Department of Psychiatry, Medical Director Psychiatric Emergency Services, The Ottawa Hospital
  • Timothy Moran, PhD, MD, FRCPC, Community Mental Health Program and SUCD Program, The Royal
  • Khashayar Shariati MD, Psychiatry Resident (Post Graduate Year 4)
  • Kindra Lewis, MSW, RSW, Social Worker, Emergency Department, The Ottawa Hospital
  • Catherine Corey, Family Advocate
  • Constable Taryn Smith and Constable Christopher Poultin, Ottawa Police Mental Health Unit
  • Ghislain Bercier, Community Paramedic|Peer Support Team, Ottawa Paramedic Service