Denied mental health help at Nova Scotia ER, woman drives to New Brunswick for care – CBC

Emily Black, 21, says she’s been turned away from hospital, charged for not leaving ER

Aug 10, 2022

Emily Black was in a manic and suicidal state one night last month, so she says her father called 911.

Police officers showed up, she said, and like several times before, they took her to the Cumberland Regional Health Care Centre in Amherst, N.S.

Black, who has bipolar disorder and lives with autism, says she waited three hours to see a doctor. When she finally did, she says she was told no psychiatric staff were on duty at that time.

The doctor told Black she would have to wait until 9 a.m. the next morning, she said. Black says she woke up at 7 a.m. to a nurse telling her she wouldn’t be seeing a psychiatric doctor and she had to leave.

“It’s a terrible feeling,” she told CBC News. “It makes me feel like I’m less of a person.”

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