Acute Mental Health (Inpatient)
Having a mental health crisis that could lead to hospitalization can mean different things to different people, including:
- Being too depressed or exhausted to get out of bed and care for oneself or family day to day
- Hearing voices or seeing things that are not there for the first time or beyond one’s usual condition
- Thinking about and having a plan to harm oneself or others
- Not eating or sleeping for several days in a row
- Feeling agitated, and not being able to think clearly
symptoms that one can no longer manage and that require a major
adjustment in medication with close monitoring over several days
in-patient services are available to those in need of short-term mental
health care on a voluntary basis. Voluntary admission can be organized
by the person being admitted or by a physician, parent or guardian.
a person is so ill that they risk hurting themselves or others but does
not wish to enter hospital, involuntary admission -- formed care -- can
be initiated by the attending physician. Admission may follow a request
from health professionals including Emergency Support Services or the
police. Care under Form 1 requires that a formal psychiatric assessment
take place at a Schedule 1 facility.
Service users requiring
formed care are transferred to qualified facilities within the Champlain
LHIN, including the Montfort, Queensway Carleton and the Ottawa
Hospitals. Our goal is to support the return of all service users back
to their home community by direct transfer to the Pembroke Regional
Hospital (PRH) or by referral and liaison with local community mental
health and addiction treatment service providers.
Provided in a pleasant, respectful and safe environment at the PRH Acute Mental Health Unit, our in-patient services include:
- Medical screening
- Mental health status assessment and diagnosis
- Co-occurring substance-use assessment
- Individual and group wellness education and support counselling
of an individualized hospital discharge plan in collaboration with a
community care worker, including links to community services
recovery goals guide our support. Let us know what you most want to
gain from being admitted to our unit. If you are not sure, we will be
there to support you until it becomes clearer.
Supporting recovery, our in-patient inter-disciplinary team includes:
- Clinical Manager
- Social Workers
- Recreational Therapists
- Peer Support
- Service Navigator
- Community Case Worker
- Occupational Therapists (on consultation basis)
- Physiotherapists (on consultation basis)
ensure broad-based, quality health care, we provide other specialized
services by request, such as pharmacy, nutrition and medical
To keep everyone safe, all service
users and their belongings are searched upon arrival, and the premises
are monitored by security cameras.
We are a smoke free
environment. Smoking material is kept at the nursing station and smoking
only takes place off hospital grounds.
Leave from the unit following admission:
After a period of evaluation, you and your psychiatrist will determine when you may take leave from the unit for day passes.
the guidance of the psychiatrist, a voluntary hospitalization provides
an opportunity to discuss and explore the role of medication in the
management of symptoms.
Family and friends may need to be
aware and sensitive to the fact that the desire for visitation and
support may vary from person to person. As an in-patient on our unit, we
encourage you however to involve and share your personal health
information with someone you care and trust so that they can assist and
support you as you transition back in community and at home.
Call: (613) 732-2811, extension 6144
Toll Free: 1-800-991-7711, extension 6144
24/7 Mental Health Crisis Line: 1-866-996-0991
Acute Mental Health Unit
Pembroke Regional Hospital
705 Mackay Street
Pembroke ON K8A 1G8
For more information:
Download Welcome To Acute Mental Health Information Sheet
Hospital Association, A Practical Guide to Mental Health and the Law in
Ontario, October 2012, Assessment and Hospitalization Under Mental
Health Act, Chapter 3, page 32.
Hôpital Montfort Mental Health
The Ottawa Hospital Mental Health
The Queensway Carleton Hospital Mental Health
A Family Guide to Psychiatric Hospitalization
What Happens in Psychiatric Hospitals and Wards