People are at the centre of everything we do at Ontario Shores.
Our duty is to support and treat people living with mental illness while providing them with the tools to live a meaningful life in the community.
And how do we do that? By relying on people.
It is heartbreaking to monitor social media when a patient from Ontario Shores goes missing and the Durham Regional Police Service (DRPS) post a media release in an effort to inform the public and safely return the individual to hospital.
I understand why the public must be alerted and the responsibility DRPS has to both transparency and community safety.
However, when a patient does go missing and news enters the social media community, I am profoundly frustrated and disappointed by the reaction of many.