At its annual Health Quality Transformation Conference last October in Toronto, Health Quality Ontario (HQO) unveiled its first three Quality Standards in an effort to advance mental health care in Ontario.
Ontario Shores played a leadership role in assisting HQO develop Quality Standards to address key opportunities for improvement in the care of major depression, schizophrenia and the behavioural symptoms of dementia.
The development of these standards is a significant moment for mental health care.
Meeting Bruno Guevremont was an experience I won’t soon forget.
An intelligent, compassionate and inspiring person, Guevremont came to Ontario Shores in his role as a Bell Let’s Talk Day Ambassador to continue his work as an advocate for mental health as a guest on our #MindVine podcast.
A 15-year veteran who had two tours of Afghanistan, Guevremont was part of an anti-explosives team; a busy outfit that dealt with more than 100 improvised explosive devices. On the podcast, he spoke about his experiences as a soldier and his return to civilian life, where his struggles with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and mental illness became real.
Working in communications, marketing and public relations in the public sector can, at times, present some challenges.
Often, we are asked to provide high quality service with a fraction of the budget in comparison to our colleagues in the private sector.
However, in a lot of ways, it actually helps us be more strategic with the projects we take on, encourages teamwork both in our department and with community partners. And, it challenges us to be creative, innovative and thoughtful.