When Compassion Counts (photo L to R: Sheryl Zentner, Michael Scott, Claire Pitcher, Jessica Key, Michelle Danda)
In any given year, 1 in 5 Canadians will personally experience a mental health problem or mental illness. For a variety of reasons, however, not all of these people will receive the health care support they need. In this film, we gather a group of nurses who work in the areas of mental health and substance use services to discuss the importance of showing compassion in their work - both compassion towards the clients/patients we work with and towards our fellow colleagues. This film was screened at the UBC School of Nursing Edge Fesitval in April 2019 and highlights the importance of compassion as a way to engage people in health care services both in the short and long-term. It also shines a light on some of the many wonderful, compassionate VCH team members working to improve patient care every day.