A year after Vancouver declares mental health crisis, cases continue to climb (St. Paul's Hospital)
Theresa Pratt sits at her dining table and lights a cigarette, the flicker of the flame briefly illuminating her otherwise dim apartment. Placing the lighter on the table – among the clutter of coffee mugs, utensils and papers – she turns her attention to a visitor, a former adversary turned friendly acquaintance.
These days, Brendan Munden’s weekly visits are made up of casual chats about the past seven days.
The new teams were part of an action plan by the province released in response to Vancouver’s concerns. That plan also included the development of a nine-bed behavioural stabilization unit at St. Paul’s and a new intensive case management team for youth. However, the mayor’s call for 300 long-term mental health beds remains unmet.
Andrea Woo reports