The Royal Ottawa Mental Health Centre is establishing a temporary, urgent mental health clinic to ensure that all residents can get the care they need during the COVID-19 pandemic.
As it opens the C-PROMPT clinic on Monday, the health centre says increased stress associated with the pandemic, coupled with reduced access to supports and services, has the potential to exacerbate mental health issues for many in the community.
The Royal explains, the new temporary clinic will provide key intervention services such as assessments, medication, psychotherapy, and system navigation to help those most at risk of worsening mental health or hospitalization.
Most services will be offered by videoconference or phone -- in-person sessions can happen, only when needed.
"The goal of C-PROMPT is to prevent urgent needs from becoming emergencies," says The Royal.
Anyone who is struggling with their mental health is encouraged to reach out to their family doctor, nurse practitioner or psychiatrist for help. These care providers can refer adults (age 18 and older) who are at risk of worsening mental health or hospitalization to the C-PROMPT clinic (C-PROMPT services are available by referral only).
The C-PROMPT clinic will operate for as long as needed during the COVID-19 pandemic.
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