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 [...]
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 [...]
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!
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 [...]
UPDATE: Please be advised that the Family Law Information Clinic (FLIC) will be cancelled Thursday, December 7, 2017 in Niagara Falls as a result of staff shortages due to illness. If you are in need of support, please call 1-800-668-8258. Family Law Information Clinics (FLIC) offer free assistance and information for clients who are either new to the court system or don’t have a lawyer. They are available in most family courts. Niagara Falls Family Law Advice is offered at our Niagara Falls office (6760 Morrison Street), no appointment necessary. Clients are seen on a first-come, first-serve basis with a [...]
CMHA Niagara invites you to join us in supporting mental health as we participate in GivingTuesday on Nov. 28. In the same way that Black Friday opens the shopping season, GivingTuesday opens the giving season, uniting charities, companies and individuals in the spirit of giving. Canadians participating in the international GivingTuesday movement are encouraged to join in, give and volunteer for their favourite cause. For those coping with mental health issues, the holidays can represent a daunting, overwhelming challenge every year. That’s why CMHA Niagara offers support and information to people affected by mental health issues – so no one [...]
Here are some ways to avoid using words that stigmatize substance use and addiction: Use “people-first language.” For instance, refer to a “person who uses substances”, or a “person who has a substance use disorder”; and not a “drug user”, “addict” or “alcoholic”. This is more neutral language that helps to maintain the individuality of the person. Refer to “substance use” rather than “substance abuse”. “Abuse” or “abuser” has been shown to contribute to negative judgments about people with substance use disorders, and may suggest that people should be punished rather than receive treatment. Choose to recognize that substance use [...]
The language around substance use issues can help or hinder recovery. That’s the message of this year’s National Addictions Awareness Week (NAAW), an annual campaign from November 12 to 18 led by Canadian Centre on Substance Abuse. This year’s NAAW theme is Words Matter, drawing attention to how the use of stigmatizing language can perpetuate false and harmful myths around substance use, and act as a barrier to recovery. To help combat stigma, CMHA encourages the public to STOP and consider whether language used: Stereotypes people with substance use issues? Trivializes people with substance use issues? Offends people with substance [...]
On November 8th, members of our Fund Development Committee met with representatives from the Omega Sigma Chi of Brock University to celebrate their noteworthy fundraising efforts. They have been supporting mental health through our agency since 2015, and raised an incredible $2,263.15 this year! With over 7000 hours dedicated to various philanthropic efforts over the years, we're grateful to have their support! To the wonderful students of Omega Sigma Chi: we simply cannot thank you enough for your generosity.
Last week we talked about understanding suicide and the major warning signs to help reduce risk. While it's one thing to acknowledge invitations or warning signs for suicide, it's another thing entirely to take action and support a loved one displaying these warning signs. You may be wondering, "Where would I even start?" While not every suicide can be prevented, there are things we can do as individuals to help make a world of difference to someone who may be suffering in silence. How can I help a loved one? If you’re concerned about someone else, talk with them. Don't [...]