Change the environment and staff at Psychiatric Emergency Services at St Joe's Charlton

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Psychiatric emergency services (PES) at St Joseph's Charlton in Hamilton, ON has a horrible environment for those experiencing mental health crisis. The patient rooms have mattresses on either cement blocks or the floor. There are mosquitoes that fly around the department and rooms. There are markings on the ceilings and walls that have not been changed since at least the 90s. There's no pillows for the beds. The fluorescent lights are left on when patients are trying to sleep. Nurses spend more time at the nurse's station than surveiling the halls or checking in on patients. The hall reeks of cigarettes and under one of the mattresses you can see a cigarette burn. There are toilets in the rooms that make them look like the confinement cells in season 6 of Orange is the New Black. This needs to change immediately. When someone is vulnerable due to their mental health, they should not be in this environment. Please sign this petition if you understand how wrong it is to keep mental health patients in a dirty, unwelcoming environment.

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