Hi, and thanks for visiting the Cocoon Mental Health Clinic website!
My name is Shea Silva and I am a psychiatric nurse in Winnipeg, Manitoba and the Executive Director of Cocoon Clinic. I've worked in several settings in hospital and community, with a wide range of clients struggling with a variety of mental health issues.
I found Psychiatric Nursing early in my university career and through my education and work experience believe it to be a profoundly effective and yet somewhat underutilized discipline. My work as a psychiatric nurse is exceptionally rewarding, helping individuals through some of their toughest challenges.
I've had a special soft spot for youth, teenagers, and young adults - these are difficult years for most of us and can be incredibly painful and in many cases quite intense.
I love my job. It is a true privilege to meet and work with the people in our community struggling with things beyond their control, and I value the opportunities I've had to build trust and walk alongside people throughout their mental health journey.
I've worked with people dealing with complications related to a wide range of issues including eating disorders, addictions, psychosis, mania, suicidality, personality disorders, intellectual disabilities, violent behaviors, intrusive thoughts, and dementia.
Throughout my career thus far it has been frustrating to see significant gaps in services for marginalized individuals. COVID-19 has not helped, drawing those lines even more firmly, lengthening wait times.
I've always been one to try to make things better - to find solutions to the service delivery process to enable more patients to be helped more efficiently and quickly. My own personal approach has tended towards questioning everything, and wondering if there is a better way.
That's the story of Cocoon Clinic. It's an innovative solution to rising needs for population of Manitoba. It was conceived following years of careful observation...and some frustration with the system.
As a psychiatric nurse I see an opportunity to utilize our unique set of skills and inherent empathy to help struggling clients and families in our province. We will provide quality, person-centred, equitable care.
Because I truly care.
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