Tommy Millsaps | The Advocate & Democrat
Sweetwater Hospital Association Director Dr. Celia Harrison speaks at the recent Mental Health
Forum at the hospital.
|Published: 9:40 AM, 09/16/2013
Author: Tommy Millsaps
Source: The Monroe County Advocate
SWEETWATER-It's a growing need in our
community and all communities.
Almost everyone agrees more mental
health services are needed, but how can the services best be
delivered in an effective way to help the most people?
That was the topic at the recent Mental
Health Forum hosted by Sweetwater Hospital Association at SHA's soon
to open, new 28,000-square-foot wing.
Gary Kimsey, chairman of SHA's
Long-Range Planning Committee, opened the forum.
The forum brought together the many
agencies and others already involved in providing mental health
services. It was designed to help the hospital better assess what its
role is and to help develop more partnerships in addition to the
already many effective collaborations already ongoing in the county
when it comes to mental health.
Dr. Celia Harrison, director of SHA's
emergency room, provided an eye-opening description at what happens
at SHA every day when it comes to the many in the community who find
themselves in need of mental health services.
"It's quite the challenge," said Harrison, who has worked for more than 20 years at SHA. "I
see the problem as definitely increasing."
According to Harrison, one of SHA's 15
ER rooms is dedicated to patients who are experiencing mental health
needs. The room stays active. Mental patients must be assessed for
any health problems and taken care of until they can be transferred
to a mental hospital that is set up to meet their needs.
See full story in the Sunday, Sept. 15, edition of The Advocate & Democrat.
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