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@cohm02, I believe the Office of Patient Experience can help you in your quest to find answers and better understand the services offered to your sister specifically. I recommend you start there:

Mayo Clinic Office of Patient Experience
Phone: 844-544-0036 (toll free)
Email: opx@mayo.edu

Thank you for turning this tragedy into action in the pursuit of improving mental health support for cancer patients. Speaking generally, there are a wide range of services available to cancer patients that deal with emotional, spiritual and mental impact of cancer.

I will list a few here and also ask my colleague @muradangie Angie to add or provide further clarification. You can also contact Angie or her team members at the Cancer Education Center (https://connect.mayoclinic.org/blog/cancer-education-center/tab/resource-5277/) who routinely help connect patients and family members with resources and services.

I'm confident that other Mayo cancer patients will also chime in with their experiences like @swenson did with her suggestion of palliative care services.

Mental Health Support for Cancer Patients at Mayo Clinic

- Patient portal questionnaire
Cancer patients often receive a questionnaire via the patient portal asking about the side effects they are experiencing including mental side effects like depression and anxiety. Patients requiring medical attention are referred to a symptom management nurse who coordinates mental health care. Patients with mild or moderate symptoms are informed about a range of services like support groups, classes, e-courses, and more.

- Classes, webinars, e-courses and one-on-one information consults
The Cancer Education department offers personalized support for individuals or in group settings or self-learning. See more about their webinars and classes here: https://connect.mayoclinic.org/blog/cancer-education-center/tab/newsfeed/#ch-tab-navigation

- Oncology Social Work
Oncology social workers play a key role in helping patients get services and referrals. Read more here:
* How an Oncology Social Worker Can Help https://connect.mayoclinic.org/blog/cancer-education-center/newsfeed-post/how-an-oncology-social-worker-can-help/

- Nurse Navigators
Nurse navigators do so much to support patients. Read more here:
* Patient Navigators: Meeting the Needs of Patients Along the Cancer Journey https://connect.mayoclinic.org/blog/cancer-education-center/newsfeed-post/patient-navigators-meeting-the-needs-of-patients-along-the-cancer-journey/

- Palliative Care
See more here:
* The Role of Palliative Care for Patients with Cancer: Supportive Oncology https://connect.mayoclinic.org/event/supportive-oncology-the-role-of-palliative-care-for-patients-with-cancer/

- Department of Psychiatry and Psychology
The department of Psychiatry and Psychology make up part of the inter-disciplinary team at the Mayo Cancer Center

- Facilitated Support Groups
See the listing of in person and online monthly support groups for cancer patients and caregivers here: https://connect.mayoclinic.org/events/

- Mayo Clinic Connect
And finally, I'd like to suggest that the community here helps support cancer patients and caregivers, including talking about mental health and the tough stuff that comes with serious illness.


Cohm, it is really hard to lose a loved one by suicide. I want you to know that there are services available for you too. I'll list some of those in a separate post, but want to leave you with this related discussion in the Loss & Grief support group:
- Suicide: Finding it hard to lose someone by suicide https://connect.mayoclinic.org/discussion/suicide-1/

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Thank you so much. This gives me a lot to work with and I really appreciate the support for grief. It’s a struggle for sure.

Thank you for including me Colleen into this conversation.
@cohm02, First of all I would like to start by saying I am so sorry for your loss.

I would agree with @colleenyoung that the Office of Patient Experience would be the first place to begin to find answers and better understand the services offered specifically to your sister.