As you drove into AHE today, you could see Autumn in its full glory. We have Alberta’s most beautiful park-like therapeutic setting for a hospital, with hundred year-old trees. Through this winds the friendship trail that our patients walk daily, connecting the many buildings and expert multi-disciplinary teams on this healing site.
The aging brick of AHE and the beautiful land is full of memory and stories. Patients come with brokenness and pain, but leave with another step–and sometimes a giant leap–towards hope and recovery. This journey is usually not a straight-line, and on some days, can be more like a roller-coaster.
Yet, with persistence, each person with their family can find growth, meaning and recovery in their mental illness. This is the truth and hope on World Mental Health Day: “we have a better future in mind.
As an example of this, we have our patients from the Giving Back Group, and Rehab & Forensic programs, who through art-work, symbolize how stories of pain lead to growth and hope.
The journey with our patients can also be like a roller-coaster for staff. As we travel from strength to strength with patients, we also feel the pain, and go through the highs and lows with them.
Consequently, I want to thank our staff at AHE, for your commitment and resilience through the years. We will innovate forward for the greater clarion call of our patients, and remain steadfast in our commitments to them and to each other as health care teams.
We will continue to shape our “better future in mind” into reality with front-line staff & patients.