World Mental Health

Rachel Thexton

My Mom Had Privilege But No Mental Health Treatment

Vancouver is the city voted as having the highest quality of living in North America. Yet this is the city where my mom spent two days isolated and heavily medicated in hospital with nurses behind glass walls, visited daily for a short discussion with a psychiatrist, and then discharged alone with the same prescription medication that she used to attempt suicide. My mom does not have a problem with drugs or alcohol and without addiction, there was nowhere for her to go beyond the unequipped hospital ER.