Released from psychiatric emergency, he attacks his parents

Maxime * has a personality disorder. Last week, his father contacted the police to evict him from the family home. The young man in his twenties was in crisis, intoxicated and completely disorganized. He was taken to the CHUL, from where he will be released a few hours later to return to his parents … to whom he will physically attack before fleeing and trigger a brief police operation.
The story takes place on August 19 in the Sainte – Foy area. In recent months, Maxime’s mental state has deteriorated to the point where he was hospitalized at the University Institute of Mental Health of Quebec (IUSMQ, formerly Robert-Giffard Hospital) for a week in July, according to it was possible to learn.

That day, then, the young man is disorganized, to the point where the police must intervene. Following the recommendation of the PECH organization (for the Clinical Supervision and Accommodation Program), Maxime is taken to the psychiatric emergency of the CHUL in the afternoon. It is considered to be a danger to himself or others. He will be released from the emergency room less than six hours later, after seeing a psychiatrist.

Back home, the crisis resumes again. Maxime is violent. He physically attacks his father and mother, threatening them with a knife and a poker.

Seeing his father dial 9-1-1 again, the young man fled, to be quickly found by the police, many on his heels. Maxime will be taken to the CHUL again and will later appear on a charge of assault. He is currently detained pending further judicial proceedings.

More and more crises

This story, which could have had a more dramatic outcome, testifies to the difficult reality of people dealing with mental health problems and the repercussions on their loved ones, as well as the daily lives of Quebec police officers, who are increasingly involved in crisis situation.

In its latest annual report, the Quebec City Police Service (SPVQ) stresses that interventions with people with mental health problems “represent an issue as much by the number as by the complexity of the response to this problem. effect”.

The SPVQ travels an average of fifteen such calls a day, with each intervention generally lasting between one and two hours and requiring the expertise of community partners specializing in mental health, the organization notes in its 2018 report.

In early July, a Quebec City police officer, Yannick Campagna, shrieked in front of the Police Ethics Committee, denouncing the syndrome of “revolving doors” and “abandonment” of patients in psychiatry.

The patrol boat was cited in the code of ethics after gnawing the emergency nurses at the Enfant-Jésus Hospital who reportedly refused to see a patient with mental health problems. He got a day off.

Difficult conditions

Earlier this summer, the PECH organization, the Quebec Crisis Center and the Regroupement pour l’aide aux itinerants et roving de Québec have, in turn, reported on our pages an increase and an increase in the number of cases referred to them, in particular by psychiatric emergencies.

Thursday, Le Soleil reported the difficult conditions that prevail in psychiatric emergencies and hospitalization units in psychiatry, in chronic overcapacity since the closure of the psychiatric emergency of the Hospital of the Blessed Sacrament in November, then its beds hospitalization in June.

This closure was part of the CIUSSS Capitale-Nationale mental health reorganization plan, which aims to develop more services in the community and to concentrate psychiatry at the CHUL at the Enfant-Jésus Hospital ( ultimately at the Enfant-Jésus Hospital) and IUSMQ.

For the region, we went from 26 to 23 stretchers to the psychiatric emergency (CHUL and Enfant-Jésus). As for hospitalization beds in psychiatry, out of the 327 that were in Quebec City on April 1, 2017, there will be only 257 left in the CHUL and the IUSMQ on April 1, 2021.

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