Shannon Patton is the   Director of Community Engagement at CMHA - Regina Branch, and has, “a demonstrated history of working in the health and wellness field.”
Shannon introduced us to the Branch's work in supporting people in Regina and area who are challenged in having to live with mental illness. The Branch has a registered member (client) list of 1,300 person. As with all organizations in the province, the Coronavirus has created havoc for the people who work in these organizations and certainly the people they serve. In the case of the 1,300 CMHA Regina Branch members, closure of the Branch on March 17, 2020 meant they were losing their "home". Coming to the Branch provided clients with a reason to go out - it gave life a purpose. Closing the facility has the potential for members to revert to their former life style - a live of isolation, addiction, homeless-ness, etc.
Shannon spoke about the impact of COVID 19 on the staff and how they have responded in dealing with this new reality. Unable to meet face to face, much of their interaction with client members is through the phone. This has its own set of challenges as not all of their members have a phone and therefore are difficult to reach.
Working in partnership with other agencies in the City, CMHA - Regina Branch is helping address matters of Food Security and Safe Shelter in the Regina Community.
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