Throughout the past year, our actions have been guided by the philosophy of a Hospital Without Walls – mental health care and research that meets people where they are, integrated with other aspects of life and wellness.
We have built partnerships throughout our community and across the province to bring care to more people when and where they need it. We are pursuing research that pushes the boundaries of our knowledge and strengthens care in a way that is driven by the needs and experiences of our clients. We have identified our preliminary research areas and begun building the collaborative networks, which will serve as the foundation of the work within the new Centre of Excellence on PTSD. We have held some of our most successful fundraising events ever by highlighting the strengths of care and research together. And we have continued to educate, inform and inspire our community by collaborating with client and families, combining our voices to turn up the volume on conversations about mental health.
In recent months, along with the rest of our community and the world, we have faced the unprecedented challenge of the COVID-19 pandemic. We have responded with compassion and innovation. We have shifted to virtual care wherever possible to ensure that our clients continue to receive support while staying safe at home. Our researchers have acted quickly to seek answers about how COVID is impacting mental health and what helps people cope.
We have also opened a new clinic to make sure that anyone at risk of worsening mental health or hospitalization can get the care they need quickly. The clinic, called C-PROMPT, went from an idea to a reality in just two weeks and brought The Royal’s services to individuals who had nowhere else to turn.
Prior to COVID-19, our team at The Royal embarked on a strategic planning process to reimagine our role, our work and our services. Transformation was already on our horizon and now the pandemic has become a catalyst to accelerate our thinking on how we can and should deliver care to those who need it most.
We are proud of the work we have done so far and the incredible people who make up ‘Team Royal’. Together, we are excited to design a future built on innovation and collaboration.