New Mobile Unit to Help Northwest Mental Health and Addiction Patients

Kathy Brookes
03/22/2019

Mental Health and Addictions Minister Judy Darcy says a new mobile service starting up in the Terrace area next month is a true example of "meeting people where they are at" and providing "judgement-free care".

Northern Health will be using a retrofitted ambulance to provide cients with direct access to mental health and substance use services and referrals, take home Naloxone kits and training, basic wound care, and help navigating resources for housing, finances, employment and other health needs.

"Today I am very excited to join all of you and the people assembled here to announce that Northwest Mental Health and Substance Abuse Intensive Case Management Team is going to hit the road!  They're going to be hitting the road!" she announced in front of the Skeena Health Unit building in Terrace Thursday.

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Darcy says it's time to bring down the walls of silence that surround mental health and addictions.

"We've made some progress on that but we still have a long way to go and it is time to end the shame, it is time to end the stigma; it's time to say loud and clear that mental health issues are not a sign of weakness, and addiction is not a sign of moral failure -- they are health issues period and it's time that everybody started treating them that way," she said during Thursday's announcement.

A local man with addiction issues -- who also spoke at the news conference Thursday -- says he hopes the new mobile unit will help people living on the street because too many are dying of overdoses and suicides.
 

The unit will travel to surrounding communities in the Northwest, as well as around Terrace.
 

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