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IF YOU ARE EXPERIENCING A MENTAL HEALTH CRISIS:
  • CALL 9-1-1
  • GO TO YOUR NEAREST EMERGENCY DEPARTMENT
  • CALL THE COMMUNITY CRISIS LINE AT 519-973-4435

OVERVIEW

The Mental Health Program at Windsor Regional Hospital provides acute services 24 hours a day, 7 days a week for patients 16 years of age or older. Services include emergency psychiatric assessments through the Emergency Department, admission into our 60-bed acute mental health program, or admission into our 8 bed Psychiatric Intensive Care Unit. In addition our team provides psychiatric consultation to in-patients throughout the hospital.

 

OUR TEAM

A multidisciplinary team of professionals including nurses, social workers, occupational therapists, family practice physicians, and psychiatrists work with individuals, families and community partners to provide intervention, treatment and promote recovery.

 

RESOURCES AND INFORMATION

Patient handbook – This handbook has information about the Mental Health Program at Windsor Regional Hospital.

 

Links to additional Mental Health and Substance Use Disorder Services: 

  • ConnexOntario Helpline - 1-866-531 -2600 - A direct helpline for addition, mental health and problem gambling services. The helpline operates 24/7 and will link callers with appropriate services in their communities.  
  • 211 South West Region - This is a regularly updated database of services in the South West Region of Ontario.  

Contact Information for Outpatient Mental Health Programs:

 

FAQ's

Where can I access emergency mental health care?

If you or a loved one is experiencing a mental health emergency, please contact the Community Crisis Centre at 519- 973-4435, go to your nearest Emergency Department or call 911.

What happens if I am admitted?

Your journey with mental health may begin in the Emergency Department at Triage. At Triage you will be assessed to determine if your needs are medical, psychiatric or both. You will see an Emergency Physician who will assess whether you will be either discharged or assessed by one or more of the following:

  • Crisis Worker- Will complete a psychosocial assessment and offer community resources for support.
  • Psychiatric Assessment Nurse- Will complete a psychiatric assessment and make recommendations to the physician and psychiatrist regarding admission versus discharge.
  • Psychiatrist- Will complete an assessment and will determine if you will be discharged home or will require admission to the Mental Health Department for further assessment and/or treatment.

 

What is the difference between voluntary and involuntary patient status?

A voluntary admission means that you have been admitted to our Mental Health Department because you are asking for help and are ready to begin your journey to wellness with your treatment team.

An involuntary admission permits doctors to retain patients for further psychiatric assessment. In Ontario there are four situations where an involuntary admission is allowed:

  • The person may hurt themselves,
  • The person may hurt others,
  • The person cannot take care of themselves, or
  • The person has a history of mental illness, has improved with treatment in the past, but stopped treatment and is ill again.

What are visiting hours?

Visiting hours are from 4:00 pm-8:00 pm daily. A maximum of two adults per patient are allowed inside the unit at any one time. No children under the age of 16 will be allowed on the unit. However, visits may be arranged off the unit if this supports the patient’s treatment plan. These visits must be arranged in advance. Please be aware that under some circumstances the treatment team may restrict visitor access. Visitors are encouraged to contact the nursing unit for clarification and guidance if their visit has been restricted.

Please check in with security upon arrival. Visitors will sign in/out and store all personal belongings in a locker. To ensure safety, security guards will assist with checking any personal items being brought onto the unit for the patient. Items may be sent home if they are considered contraband. No food or drink is permitted to be brought into the unit.

Am I allowed to leave after I am admitted?

Passes supporting individual treatment plans are determined by physicians in collaboration with the treatment team. Times for starting and ending passes are set by your treatment team. Details about the terms of your pass must be discussed with your psychiatrist and nurse prior to leaving the unit. You will be required to sign in and out at the nursing station when on a pass.

Does the program treat children with mental health distress?

The inpatient unit treats patients 16 years and older. Children under the age of 16 will seen and treated at Windsor Regional Hospital-Metropolitan Campus.

 

CONTACT US

Address:

1030 Ouellette Avenue
Windsor, ON N9A 1E1
Mental Health Unit
Ouellette Campus, 3rd floor

Mental Health Unit Manager:
519-254-5577, ext.33790 or 31316

Program Director:
Jonathan Foster
Jonathan.Foster@wrh.on.ca