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 [...]
Amy Tunstall is dedicating a month to hike a million steps along the Bruce Trail to raise awareness of mental health for Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA) Niagara. Canada's oldest and longest marked footpath runs along the Escarpment from Tobermory to Niagara, spanning 900 km of main trail. Now having travelled nearly 700 km, Tunstall will conquer the last 200 km of her journey and is inviting people to join her on her trek at specific checkpoints. From October 22-27, she will be hiking through Hamilton and surrounding regions as she completes the home stretch to Niagara. "Amy's thru-hike of [...]
Did you know approximately 4000 Canadians die by suicide every year? That means approximately 11 people will die by suicide in Canada today, while 210 others will attempt to end their lives by suicide the same day. As one of the top ten leading causes of death, suicide in Canada is a critical public issue. It is the second-most common cause of death among young people, though men in their 40s and 50s have the highest rate of suicide. While men are 3 times more likely to die by suicide than women, women are 3-4 times more likely to attempt [...]
Last week we introduced you to Amy Tunstall, an incredible young woman who has taken on a bold expedition of the Bruce Trail with the goal to raise mental health awareness. As the founder of Aim Outside, Amy understands just how good ‘green’ is for your mental health—which is exactly what we’re going to talk about today. The notion that exposure to nature has healing properties isn’t new, but with the advent of Western science, medicine, and technology we’ve become distanced from this line of thinking. A growing body of research on the relationship between natural settings and our mental [...]
The first week of October brings with it the reminder that millions of Canadians live with mental illnesses every day. Oct 1-7 is Mental Illness Awareness Week (MIAW). MIAW is an annual national public education campaign coordinated by the Canadian Alliance on Mental Illness and Mental Health (CAMIMH). CAMIMH's mandate is to ensure that mental illness and mental health are placed on the national agenda so that Canadians receive appropriate access to care and support. CMHA is an active member of CAMIMH and is proud to support its annual Faces of Mental Illness campaign during MIAW. This year’s MIAW encourages [...]
This past May, Associate-Owners of the Shoppers Drug Marts in Fort Erie, Niagara Falls, Niagara-on-the-Lake, Pelham, Port Colborne, St. Catharines, and Welland hosted their Spring Beauty Gala in support of women's mental health. Thanks to their dedication to the campaign, and their customers' generosity, they were able to collectively raise $22,125 for CMHA Niagara's Women and Wellness! To all participating stores and individuals who supported the campaign, we cannot thank you enough. It's inspiring to see what incredible things can be accomplished when we work together. The funds raised by CMHA Niagara's Women and Wellness event help support our Walk-In Counselling [...]
On Monday, September 25 Amy Tunstall, the founder of Aim Outside, took her first steps for awareness on Canada’s oldest and longest marked footpath in memory of her father. She will travel 900km of the Bruce Trail from Tobermory to the Niagara Region with a steadfast determination to shatter stigma and connect individuals to mental health resources. As the founder of Aim Outside, a project that tackles mental health issues while bringing insight to the healing benefits of the great outdoors, Ms. Tunstall has travelled over 17,000 km across two continents, five countries, and ten provinces. Long, adventurous treks are [...]
We had the opportunity to showcase the spirit and energy of our incredible staff, volunteers, and their family members at the Niagara Grape and Wine Festival's Grande Parade for the second year in a row. There was no shortage of enthusiasm as our group danced to Justin Timberlake's "Can't Stop the Feeling" and Sarah Bareilles' "Brave" along the crowded streets of St. Catharines. We'd like to thank all the Niagara residents that cheered us on, waved, or shouted words of gratitude our way. Your encouragement made the blaring heat a lot more bearable to endure. A HUGE shout out goes to [...]
On September 9th our Board member Alex Pedersen married her husband Frank Riddle. In lieu of wedding favours, the newlyweds decided to make a donation on their guests' behalf to CMHA Niagara. Their heartwarming gesture will help support much needed local mental health initiatives. Thank you, Alex and Frank, for your generous and selfless contribution to our agency. We are so grateful to have support from individuals like you who make the work we do possible. We couldn’t do it without you. Please join us in congratulating Alex and Frank! We wish you both a lifetime of happiness together.