Visions - Finding the Right Help - Navigating the System

PDF | Vol. 10, No. 1 (2014)

While it's common to talk about the mental health system, the system isn’t a singular entity. The system might include primary care, mental health, substance use, housing, income assistance, and justice. They are not always accessed the same way, through similar gatekeepers. In fact, these systems may not interact and coordinate a person’s care. It can be difficult to navigate at the best of times. When people aren’t feeling well, it can feel like an insurmountable challenge, for both people who are experiencing mental health or substance use challenges and loved ones who are trying to find help. In this issue of Visions, learn what’s wrong, what’s working, and what needs to change.