Braving the bitter cold for mental health

About 80 mental health workers and their supporters braved the bitter cold February 1 to raise concerns about the impact of cuts on Providence Care Mental Health Centre in Kingston.

While both Federal and Provincial governments have made promises about addressing Canada’s inadequate mental health care, the reality on the ground is that more beds are being cut and too few services are being established in the community.

When Providence Care Mental Health Care gets merged with St. Mary’s Of The Lake, the new privatized hospital will have 72 fewer beds than presently exist, yet demand for mental health care is rising.

Kingston workers brave the cold February 1 to stand up for mental health care.

Kingston workers brave the cold February 1 to stand up for mental health care.

OPSEU Regional VP Dave Lundy is interviewed by CKWS TV.

OPSEU Regional VP Dave Lundy is interviewed by CKWS TV.

Workers say units are overcrowded and too few resources are available.

Workers say units are overcrowded and too few resources are available.

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