CHU SAINTE-JUSTINE FOUNDATION
INNOVATIONS IN CARE AND TRAINING
TOTAL FUNDS RECEIVED IN 2021
69% HOSPITAL PROGRAMS
HOSPITAL PROGRAM OVERVIEW
CHU Sainte-Justine Foundation is investing in two mental health initiatives with Sobey support – one focused on providing high-quality care facilities for youth facing mental health challenges, and another that will support the training and evaluation of the next generation of mental health leaders.
Care: We are adopting specialized, innovative approaches to support youth with mental health challenges, ensuring the safety of both patients and staff. Our hospital is introducing a range of facility improvements, including adaptations that will let us use virtual reality (VR) in the treatment of children and youth with anxiety disorders and other conditions. VR lets patients safely navigate everyday situations with the immediate support of a care provider, gradually building their capacity to negotiate this terrain ‘in real life.’
Training: We are also creating a set of meeting rooms equipped with audiovisual equipment for recording interviews between trainees and families. These assets will enable supervisors to more discreetly evaluate and guide the training of the next generation of mental health leaders.
We continue to advance both of the initiatives described above, but we’re doing this in the context of broader changes at our hospital as we respond to the extraordinary increase in demand for youth mental health support that has arisen during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Since our last report to Family of Support in the Spring of 2021, the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic has continued to affect our operations, staff and spaces.
As we work to meet the needs of today’s young patients while building strong foundations for the future, we welcome the leadership of Lyne Ouellette, Director of Multidisciplinary Services, Mental Health and Rehabilitation, who joined us in January 2022. Ms. Ouellette, along with her team, is undertaking a comprehensive revaluation of current and future needs for mental health services at the CHU Sainte- Justine. This review will generate recommendations aimed at better responding to the needs of patients and families, and of the care professionals who support them. The team has already identified eight clinical training spaces that can be adapted to help us better respond to increased demand for care. In the coming months, the team will finalize their evaluation, share their recommendations and begin to implement changes to optimize our spaces and processes for excellence in care and training.