A New Wellness Centre for Mental Health and Substance Use Now Open at Royal Columbian Hospital


The new Mental Health and Substance Use Wellness Centre at RCH (Photo Credit: Fraser Health Authority)

The new Mental Health and Substance Use Wellness Centre at Royal Columbian Hospital opened its doors on July 13, 2020, and will expand Fraser Health’s clinical training capacity for UBC Psychiatry residents and medical students, as well as psychologists, nursing students, and other health professionals.

In its first phase of operation, the Centre will offer outpatient services that include a mood disorder clinic, expanded clinics for adolescent psychiatry, reproductive psychiatry and psychiatric urgent referral, as well as group therapy and neuropsychology clinics. The 393,000 square-foot state-of-the-art treatment facility will also bring an additional 45 beds to the inpatient unit previously housed within the Sherbrooke building, providing a total of 75 beds to the new inpatient unit, which now includes private patient rooms, spaces for patients to socialize and spend time alone, a secure outdoor patio and exercise room, and a lounge for visiting family and friends.

The Mental Health and Substance Use Wellness Centre will also serve as the new regional site for electroconvulsive therapy services for people seeking neurostimulation to treat neurologic and psychiatric disorders, and will also be the first facility in the Fraser Health region to offer a specialized unit for seniors dealing with acute depression, anxiety, or psychosis.

Read more about the new Wellness Centre in the news release by the Ministry of Mental Health and Addictions.