The Ottawa Citizen


LETTERS


Provide a road map

The Ottawa Citizen
Mon Mar 29 2004


Re: City has wide range of mental-health services, MARCH 15.

I work very closely with family physicians, psychologists and other mental-health professionals. We are struggling to find appropriate psychiatric treatment for our clients in crisis and in need of on-going management of their psychiatric medications. We feel unsupported and unrecognized within the psychiatric establishment, which seems more like an impenetrable fortress than a part of a comprehensive mental-health system.

I ask Dr. Louis Soucy, who responded to my letter ("Emergency wards fail depressed people," March 9), to set the record straight with clear directions, guidelines and protocols for gaining access to psychiatric care in emergencies and as an ongoing resource. Feedback I've been getting tells me that my clients and I are not alone in finding the current system unresponsive to our needs.

If the services are truly there, we need a road map to find them.

 

Judy Kiar, Ottawa

Individual, couple and family therapist