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(Canada) Sault Ste. Marie, ON: 110% increase in admissions to the children's psych unit in 6 yrs

Mar 23, 2018, (Canada) Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario, Soo Today: Hospital to begin training its first ever psychiatrist in residence https://www.sootoday.com/local-news/hospital-to-begin-training-its-first-ever-psychiatrist-in-residence-2-photos-872024 Sault Area Hospital psychiatrists will begin training the hospital’s first ever psychiatrist in residence (which means ‘intern’ for non-medical folks) beginning in July. A residency position required Ministry of Health and Northern Ontario School of Medicine (NOSM) approval and financial support, said Dr. Manar Elbohy, SAH psychiatrist and NOSM academic coordinator. … Admissions to SAH’s inpatient psychiatric unit increased by 19 per cent between 2011 and 2017, along with a 47 per cent increase in visits to SAH’s emergency department for psychiatric reasons in that same time period. Admissions to the childrens psychiatric unit also increased by 110 per cent. Elbohy suggested reasons for the dramatic increases include education regarding mental health. “There is a disappearance of the stigma of psychiatric illness. Maybe people were ashamed to go to a psychiatrist before, and maybe because of the increase in substance abuse…there are many factors,” Elbohy said. Elbohy commended the Algoma District School Board (ADSB) for having a mental health lead working in schools and referring children and youth to SAH for mental health treatment. …