Demand for mental health and addiction treatment services has increased significantly, even before the onset of the current pandemic. We have invested in 24/7 emergency mental health services in our Emergency Department (ED) in partnership with Seacoast Mental Health Center. Our $250,000 goal for mental health services will help underwrite the resources needed to treat behavioral health issues in a timely, effective and compassionate way, as well as further partnerships between primary medical care practices, mental health care specialists and important community allies.
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Expanding Mental Health Crisis Care
Help us expand our ability to care for patients needing emergency mental health care and support by donating to this crucial component of the Together We Can campaign. Hear about the urgent need for expanded mental health care support and services from Glenn Hebel, MD, Exeter Hospital Emergency Department (ED):
“The number of patients who come to the Emergency Department needing behavioral health care or in mental health crisis has risen significantly over the last several years. In the last two years, the pandemic has made this even worse, and this increased need has been especially pronounced with children and adolescents. Many of these patients require care in an inpatient psychiatric hospital, but the number of available inpatient beds is nowhere near enough to meet the need, so patients wait in local hospital emergency departments. We routinely have multiple patients waiting days and days in our ED for an inpatient bed somewhere. Our providers and staff do an incredible job taking care of these patients the best that they can, but the ED is far from the ideal place to be stuck for days, weeks or sometimes even months if you are experiencing a mental health crisis, especially if you are a child or a teenager.”
Your donation can help Exeter Hospital provide the very best care and support possible for patients and families in mental health crisis who come to the ED for emergency care.