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Managing illness in mining

A mine employee presented to the Occupational Health Nurse with an exacerbation of his symptoms of his previously diagnosed mental illness due to personal crisis. The employee’s symptoms were inhibiting his ability to work in a safe and effective manner.

A client assessment was completed and community resources were contacted that would best meet the employee’s needs as well as the shortest waiting time.There is a long waiting list to receive mental health care in Northern Ontario.

An appointment was set up with a professional counsellor who was able to see the employee within 48 hours as well as referring to a therapy group.

With appropriate counselling and assistance, the employee was able to return to his job within a month. Employee feedback was that the Occupational Health Nurse played an instrumental role in his accessing appropriate care and in his speedy return to work due to the early intervention.

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