Check-in with McBride - Psychology in Space!

Posted June 1, 2023, 12:26 p.m. by Captain Jonathan McBride (CO, USS Centurion) (Lindsay B)

Posted by Lieutenant Séan Iven (Counselor) in Check-in with McBride - Psychology in Space!

Posted by Captain Jonathan McBride (CO, USS Centurion) in Check-in with McBride - Psychology in Space!


Jonathan ordered the coffees and set them down before retaking his seat. “You may, but there are civilian mental health professional working at Sacred Heart. Your department does have twenty to twenty-five thousand people to manage, but there may be times when the hospital will call us for extra hands on deck. We haven’t experienced that yet since I’ve been here, so I can’t say for sure what that looks like, just that we are ready to help out if needed.” He took a moment to take a generous couple of sips of his coffee, letting it wash away some of the stress for a brief moment. Even if he was an easy going person, there was a lot going on around the place.

Captain McBride, Starfleet CO

Séan was shocked when McBride said the amount of potential patients. No wonder Mika was so frazzled seeming when he had first met her. “That is a lot more people than on a starship.” He softly stated the obvious then took a drink from his own coffee. “Is that just Starfleet personnel? Lieutenant Mika mentioned that Oed’s population was around four million, so if we were called in to provide counselling with those sort of numbers it’d be a mad house.”

Counselor Iven

Jonathan studied Iven for a moment. “Civilian populations don’t have required check-ins, unlike Starfleet personnel. And yes, the number I mentioned is for Starfleet only. Even in a worst case scenario, not all four million people on Oed are going to need mental health services at the same time, so try not to look at it as everyone is your patient. They won’t be. And except in a crisis situation, Sacred Heart isn’t going to be calling you for backup. They have a good system of their own. Ours looks a little different even though we share medical services given that beyond whatever our small infirmary handles, our personnel are treated at the hospital too. But the medical side of things is a bit more complicated than the mental health side.”

Captain McBride, Starfleet CO

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