Mental Health Week: HSA members talk about why team-based care is essential

In celebration of Mental Health Week taking place May 7-13, HSA has launched a new video that explores why team-based interdisciplinary care is essential to providing quality patient care within the field of mental health and addictions.

“We need to see a person as a whole person,” says Kaye Robinson, a social worker at the Rapid Access Addictions Clinic at St. Paul’s Hospital. Robinson, alongside fellow HSA members, describe how the delivery of quality mental health services requires a holistic approach to health care. One in five Canadians are experiencing mental health issues in a given period and require strengthened supports focused on delivering prevention, early intervention, treatment, and recovery services.

Team-based healthcare models enable different health science professionals to work together to ensure a patient receives all necessary supports. From registered psychiatric nurses to social workers, dietitians to physiotherapists, music therapists to psychologists – quality mental health care requires the collaboration of an array of specialists.

HSA is calling on the provincial government to advance team-based care models in our public health system that value the integral role a variety of health science professionals play in the delivery of mental health and addictions services. HSA is advocating for a provincial health human resources plan to address current staffing shortages across the public health care system.

To get involved in HSA’s work to strengthen public health care, contact

Watch HSA's new video, Mental Health Care - Why teams matter.