Mental health care is an essential part of comprehensive health care. Casey House has embraced that concept and responded to it robustly. This is important because 75-80% of Casey House clients live with mental health issues compared with 20% of the general population.*
In addition to providing mental health care for clients, Casey House developed the HIV & Mental Health Series – free mental health education for any health care and support service providers caring for people living with, at risk for, or affected by, HIV. The series helps clinicians expand their skills for working with clients with mental health concerns. Upcoming HIV & Mental Health Series topics include:
- February 1- Putting trauma-informed care and ‘seeking safety’ into practice with Martha Schmitz
- February 14- The intersection of HIV stigma and trauma-informed practice with Dr. Anne Wagner
Further understand the stigma of mental health by watching CAMH psychiatrist Dr. David S. Goldbloom’s presentation from one of our past education events. Others are also available online.
In addition to the stigma of mental health issues, prejudice about HIV has a significant impact. Our clients are vulnerable to social exclusion based on stigma and the stigma of living with HIV can lead to depression and isolation.
Casey House’s ongoing #smashstigma campaign brings HIV stigma into public conversation by challenging people to eat meals prepared by, or receive spa services from, individuals living with HIV; see June’s HIV+ Eatery and Healing House HIV+ Spa.
As an HIV specialty hospital, we deliver exceptional care. As an organization committed to social justice we generate and share knowledge and amplify our clients’ voice. We believe mental health is health.
*In any given year, 1 in 5 Canadians experience a mental illness or addiction problem (CAMH.ca)