Olivia Pattison’s interest in Community Health Boards was sparked when she heard about them a few years ago. “I was happy to hear that there were groups in the community focusing on making the community healthier,” said Pattison, who recently started as Community Health Board (CHB) coordinator for central and western Kings County. "Engaging and empowering the community to think and take action on the social factors that impact health is the way to make real impacts on the health of the community.”
“The point of the crisis team is to have a big bowl approach so everyone fits, and their needs and interventions are funneled from there. ‘Crisis’ is not one single definition or situation and the crisis line is there for everyone experiencing a crisis and for those supporting those in crisis as well.," Mental health and addictions program leader Mary Pyche said. “There is help, there is hope, and there are services to provide support."
“How do we promote the idea of mental wellness to folks?” That’s one of the recurrent questions that has emerged for veteran health care administrator Heika Sarty-Boutilier, who has been with Nova Scotia Health Authority (NSHA) for four and a half years and is currently in the role of interim provincial health promotion manager for mental health and addictions.
Whether it’s repairing wheelchairs and stretchers, changing air filters or climbing ladders to fix hospital lighting, there’s really no such thing as a typical day at work for Danielle Hansen-O’Farrill.