Since its inception 18 years ago, the Orin Reid Memorial Golf Tournament has raised over $1,000,000 in support of local charities, hospitals and children in need. This is all thanks to our golfers and our sponsors. We simply could not do it with out you!
The money we raise at this tournament always goes directly back into the communities we build in.
This year our focus is in support of Mental Health. Guelph General Hospital cared for more than 63,000 patients in its Emergency Department (ED) last year, in a space designed for 45,000. This means caring for patients in hallways, with a lack of privacy and dignity.
More than 3,300 of those patients, people of all ages and all walks of life, came because of a mental health or addictions issue. That number is increasing, as is the complexity of the concerns.
In fact, over the past five years, there has been a 37% increase in visits related to mental health and addictions. The Hospital has a plan to transform the care it is able to provide these patients.
Part of the plan will see the Hospital, working together with community partners, create new space for Emergency Mental Health Outpatient services. These services will act like a ‘step-down’ unit, providing prompt and short-term support, treatment and monitoring for people who don’t need to be admitted for care, but do need intensive follow-up. The services mean they go home feeling safe and supported, and reduces the likelihood that they come back to the ED.
The space will be warm, welcoming and recovery-oriented. People will be treated by a team who build a ‘bridge’ into the community in a supportive and non-judgemental way.
We are excited to work with our community to improve life for those struggling with mental health and addictions issues.
Thank you again to all of our sponsors and golfers for joining us this year and for helping us to make a difference!