Family/Visitor Information


Overview

Having a family member admitted to a health care facility can be a stressful time for many families.  The following information may help answer some of your questions.

Family involvement is an important part of therapy.  This includes involving family in treatment or recovery planning, patient functions at the Centre, Satisfaction Surveys, Newsletters, updates and provision of mental health educational material.

If you wish to contact your family member or a member of their treatment team call Toll free 1-800-881-3073 or direct at 1-204-482-3810 and someone will be able to assist you.  The mailing address is listed for your information.

Selkirk Mental Health Centre
P.O. Box 9600
825 Manitoba Avenue
Selkirk, Manitoba
R1A 2B5

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Visiting Hours

Monday-Friday 9:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m.

Weekends and Holidays 9:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m.

Exceptions are made for families who may have difficulty visiting within these hours.  Family members are welcome to meet with treatment staff to discuss patient care.

Information, suggestions and issues of importance can be relayed to any member of the treatment team. As well, families may set up prearranged meetings with any treatment team member, this provides opportunity for out of town families to be involved.

Families are encouraged to inform staff of personal articles brought in for their family member's use (i.e. clothing, food, etc.). This is to ensure the special needs of your family members are met.

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Parking

Families visiting at Selkirk Mental Health Centre are requested to use the designated visitors parking areas located around each building, limit of 2 hours.

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Phone Policy

Phones are available for patient use throughout the Centre.  Length of phone calls may be limited if others require the use of phone  Your family member will be allowed to have access to one free long distance phone call a week.

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Self-Help Office

The Self-Help Office is located in the Recreation Hall and is staffed by:

  • Anxiety Disorders Association of Manitoba
  • Manitoba Schizophrenia Society
  • Mood Disorders Association of Manitoba

Each Outreach Worker Offers:

  • Supports and Services
  • Individual Counseling
  • Group Support
  • Education: Brochures, Videos, and Community Presentations
  • Social & Educational Support for Peers, Family & Friends
  • Information on Community Resources
  • Liaison between Staff, Patient & Family
  • Newsletters (Members)

Supports are offered to patient & family during their stay at S.M.H.C. & continue upon discharge into the community

Goals

  • To advocate for quality care for the mentally ill
  • To promote research into causes & treatment of mental illnesses
  • To offer support & guidance to anyone suffering the effects of mental illness
  • To restore self-confidence, overcome stigma, discrimination & misconceptions surrounding bio-chemical brain disorders
  • To increase public awareness & understanding of mental illness

Family Supports

  • Support Groups meet monthly
  • Resource Centre-Newsletters, workshops, videos & books, current information on subjects such as medications, symptoms, etc.
  • 8 Stage Healing Program
  • “Strengthening Families” Group is offered through Self-Help.
  • Consumer Services
  • Peer Support Group is an educational/social interaction group- Coffee provided

Links

  • Anxiety Disorders Association of Manitoba
    100 – 4 Fort Street
    Winnipeg, Manitoba R3C 1C4
    Phone: 204-925-0600
    Toll Free: 1-800-805-8885
    Fax: 204-925-0609
    Website: www.adam.mb.ca
  • Manitoba Schizophrenia Society Inc
    100 – 4 Fort Street
    Winnipeg, Manitoba R3C 1C4
    Phone: 204-786-1616
    Toll Free: 1-800-263-5545
    Fax: 204-783-4898
    Website: www.mss.mb.ca
  • Mood Disorders Association of Manitoba
    100 – 4 Fort Street
    Winnipeg, Manitoba R3C 1C4
    Phone: 204-786-0987
    Toll Free: 1-800-263-1460
    Fax: 204-786-1906
    Website: www.depression.mb.ca
For more information about the Self-Help Office:

Phone:  204-482-3810 Ext. 416

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Sunflower Cafee

The Sunflower CaféThe Selkirk Support Centre in partnership with the Selkirk Mental Health Centre opened up The Sunflower Café in the Recreation Hall at the Centre after the retirement of the canteen's previous owners.  This was a wonderful opportunity for the Selkirk Support Centre to create a realistic employment program for consumers of mental health services.

The Sunflower Café provides jobs to people who have experienced mental health problems in the past.  The Café is run just like any other restaurant business with a manager and various other positions both part time and casual. Since its inception the Café has had 6 employees that have moved on to acquire community employment. All have been very successful in their chosen work.

The partnership between S.M.H.C. and the Selkirk Support Centre maintains a social space for patients in S.M.H.C., while building the link between the community and S.M.H.C.  Creating realistic employment through the running of a business will enhance self worth and pride.  All too well-known is the stigma that goes along with a psychiatric disability making it very difficult to seek and maintain employment.  This business program is designed to enable consumers to keep employment, which suits the needs of the individual.  This allows for flexibility and work accommodation as required.  It has been proven in other provinces that this type of employment helps to create healthier lifestyles both mentally and physically.

The Sunflower Café began operation August 30, 1999.  There are currently nine employees at the café, five consumers, three VIP (Vocational Incentive Program) participants from S.M.H.C. and one non-consumer who is the manager.  The Café includes the operation of eleven vending machines and catering of luncheons at S.M.H.C.  Hours of operation are 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., Monday through Friday.

The success of the Café is accredited to hard work, commitment, and the partnership with S.M.H.C., support of the community and mental health organizations.  This proves that networking and pooling energies together can generate a positive working relationship, allowing persons of the mental health services to grow and obtain their goal of achieving a healthier life style.  Expansion of services will continue to happen as funding and financial success of the café grows.

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