New Riverview plans don't meet B.C.'s mental health needs, say UBC researchers

Mental health experts say the B.C. government's plans to turn the former site of the Riverview psychiatric hospital into a mixed-use development with new mental health facilities is a small step in the right direction, but one that doesn't come close to meeting the growing need for mental health services.

On Thursday the province announced plans to add new mental health facilities, as well as social and market housing, to the Riverview site in Coquitlam, which has been sitting mostly empty since 2012. The development will create 17 new beds to treat people with severe mental illnesses.

“If you look at what's happening in the downtown core in Vancouver's St. Paul's hospital, they have 10,000 emergency room visits per year related to mental health — and 1,400 acute mental health admissions. The majority are severe mental illnesses,” he said.

CBC News reports.

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