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17 April, 2018

A Special Evening of Story & Song for Mental Health

2018-04-17T14:48:49+00:00 Categories: Events|

On Friday, April 20th, Essential Collective Theatre will present “Around The World And Home Again: A Benefit for Canadian Mental Health Association” at the FirstOntario Performing Arts Centre in downtown St. Catharines. This one-woman show is about a Niagara singer who travels the world only to discover there’s no place like home. The show promises to be a wonderfully eclectic evening of music and stories and will be available for ONE NIGHT ONLY! Tenja Hagenberg, the show’s star, and Monica Dufault, Artistic Director of Carousel Players, began this project a year ago. When Tenja tragically lost her brother to his [...]

20 March, 2018

Wishlist Niagara supports Safe Beds

2018-04-03T10:41:27+00:00 Categories: Donor Recognition|

This month we were grateful to receive a generous donation of essential toiletries from Wishlist Niagara in support of our Safe Beds program. Safe Beds provides short term crisis support (3-5 days) in a safe, therapeutic environment as an alternative to hospitalization. During their stay, clients work with staff members to develop short terms goals, coping strategies, and an individualized recovery plan to work towards during and after their stay at Safe Beds. Each client receives a “welcome kit” with essential toiletries and is provided with 3 healthy meals per day. Thank you to all the friends and family of [...]

19 March, 2018

Join our Board of Directors!

2018-03-20T08:55:12+00:00 Categories: Volunteer|

The Canadian Mental Health Association, Niagara Branch, is currently seeking volunteer members for its Board of Directors. As the oldest and largest adult mental health agency in Niagara, we are looking for a resident of Niagara who is committed to continuing our work in system integration and continuous quality improvement.  The successful candidate will be required to serve until June 2019 with the option of additional years to a maximum of 8 years, with a time commitment of approximately 10-12 hours per month. This includes board meetings on the fourth Thursday evening of each month, committee work and preparation. We [...]

1 March, 2018

Talk Today makes noise for Mental Health

2018-03-01T13:23:44+00:00 Categories: Events|

Talk Today is one of the most comprehensive mental health programs for amateur sports in Canada. Its aim is to promote the mental health of young athletes and to spread awareness about the benefits of positive mental health throughout communities across the country. On February 22 and 23, 2018 we celebrated our partnership with the OHL with a game day. We work with the Erie Otters and Niagara IceDogs through the Talk Today program, and both teams won their games against Saginaw Spirit, 4-1! Thank you to everyone who attended and visited us at our table. How Talk Today helps [...]

29 January, 2018

Bell Let’s Talk Day a reminder about Ontario’s lack of mental health and addictions services

2018-01-29T13:27:10+00:00 Categories: News Release|

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: (St. Catharines, Monday, Jan. 29, 2018) – This year, people in Niagara have an opportunity to push for lasting change for mental health and addictions care on Bell Let’s Talk Day. For decades, mental health and addictions services in communities throughout Ontario have been chronically underfunded compared to other parts of the health system, making it impossible to meet the needs of each community. That’s why Canadian Mental Health Associations (CMHA) across Ontario are urging people to join the call to erase the difference in the lead up to the June provincial election. “Awareness campaigns such as [...]

15 January, 2018

Tips to beat the winter blues

2018-01-09T09:33:32+00:00 Categories: Campaign, Mental Wellness Tips|

This is the time of year when many Ontarians may notice a shift in mood and find themselves lacking energy. Research in Ontario suggests that 15 percent of the general population experience these winter blues, which can include changes in appetite and lethargy. The winter blues differs from Seasonal Affective Disorder, or SAD, which affects about two percent of the population and is a serious form of depression. People experiencing the winter blues can benefit from: Maximizing exposure to sunlight. Spend more time outdoors during the day and arrange indoor environments to receive maximum sunlight. Trim tree branches that block [...]

8 January, 2018

Join CMHA in the call to erase the difference

2018-01-08T15:12:32+00:00 Categories: Campaign|

For decades, mental health and addictions services in communities throughout Ontario have been chronically underfunded compared to other parts of the health system. The result: it’s impossible to meet the needs of Ontarians. Wait times are up. Programs have been cut. People are falling through the cracks. But we’re on the cusp of something big. For the first time in a long time, there’s widespread acceptance about the urgent need for quality mental health and addiction services. The federal government is providing an unprecedented amount of money for mental health and addictions services. And with the provincial election coming this [...]

22 December, 2017

Coping with the Holidays

2017-12-22T11:55:18+00:00 Categories: Mental Wellness Tips|

Do you have a ‘to-do’ list that feels a mile long? Or feel the pressure of unrealistically high expectations? This time of year can be particularly overwhelming, especially for individuals living with a mental health condition. Here are some tips to keep in mind for coping with the holiday season. Maintain a healthy routine & practice self-care Try as much as possible to maintain healthy routines like sleeping, eating regular meals, exercising, and attending any groups and appointments during the holiday season. Time can feel scarce when your schedule tightens up with all of the ‘extra’ tasks you have to [...]

15 December, 2017

SAVE THE DATE: Women and Wellness

2018-01-03T13:27:58+00:00 Categories: Events|

Only two months until our 8th annual Women and Wellness event! Here's what you need to know: Date: Thursday February 15, 2018 Location: Club Roma, St. Catharines Time: Doors open at 5:45 p.m., program starts at 6:45 p.m. Keynote Speaker: Ann Dowsett Johnston Theme: Mental Health and Addiction Eventbrite registration opens January 11, 2018. For table reservations of 10, please call 905-937-4351. We hope to see you there!

10 December, 2017

NOTICE: Temporary Change in Service Hours

2017-11-24T10:05:31+00:00 Categories: Announcements, CMHA News, Services|

Please note that some of our programs and services will experience temporary adjustments to their hours due to statutory holidays. While some of our offices will be closed on certain days, Urgent Support Services will remain operational at a minimum of one location as specified below. Date Admin, Community Support, and Employment Services Urgent Support Services (11:30 - 5:30 p.m.) Friday, December 22 8:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. St. Catharines & Niagara Falls Monday, December 25 Closed St. Catharines ONLY Tuesday, December 26 Closed St. Catharines ONLY Friday, December 29 8:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. St. Catharines & Niagara [...]

For general inquiries on our programs and services, please call 905-641-5222.

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Distress Centre Niagara: 905-688-3711

COAST: 1-866-550-5205 (Press 1)

Mental Health and Addictions Access Line: 1-866-550-5205 (Press 2)