“The point of the crisis team is to have a big bowl approach so everyone fits, and their needs and interventions are funneled from there. ‘Crisis’ is not one single definition or situation and the crisis line is there for everyone experiencing a crisis and for those supporting those in crisis as well.," Mental health and addictions program leader Mary Pyche said. “There is help, there is hope, and there are services to provide support."
“How do we promote the idea of mental wellness to folks?” That’s one of the recurrent questions that has emerged for veteran health care administrator Heika Sarty-Boutilier, who has been with Nova Scotia Health Authority (NSHA) for four and a half years and is currently in the role of interim provincial health promotion manager for mental health and addictions.
Whether it’s repairing wheelchairs and stretchers, changing air filters or climbing ladders to fix hospital lighting, there’s really no such thing as a typical day at work for Danielle Hansen-O’Farrill.
Nurse practitioner Heidi Fairbanks-Smith values the community connections she’s been able to establish. “I like the social aspect and personal connections; I know a lot of people and they know me,” said Fairbanks-Smith, who works out of the River Hebert Primary Health Care clinic.