New emergency room readying for mental health patients

A place to turn in crisis. Nashville’s new psychiatric ER is days away from accepting patients full-time.

It doesn’t look like an ER, but Adam Graham doesn’t want it to. Take away the flashing lights and harsh sounds, and The Mental Health Cooperative has created an environment tailored to mental health crisis.

“If we were in a crisis, if a loved one of ours was in a crisis, what would we want it to be like for them?’” Graham, Director of Emergency Psychiatric Services, said. “From the moment they walk through the door, to how quickly they get treatment, to the plans we put together, can we protect and bolster and their dignity?”

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