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8 March, 2017

CMHA celebrates International Women’s Day

Categories: Campaign, Events|

On March 8, CMHA Niagara joins individuals and organizations around the world in celebrating International Women’s Day (IWD), an annual event held to mark the social, economic and political achievements of women. The theme of IWD this year is Be Bold For Change, which highlights how everyone can be a leader by taking actions every day to support gender parity. CMHA recognizes that social determinants of health such as income, education and employment status have been found to put women at greater risk of poor mental health than men. CMHA Niagara offers a three to six month transitional housing support [...]

1 March, 2017

Mental health response expands in Niagara

Categories: Announcements, CMHA News, Media, Services|

Mobile Crisis Rapid Response Team increases after successful pilot program (Niagara, March 1, 2017) – Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA), Niagara and the Niagara Regional Police Service are expanding the services of the Mobile Crisis Rapid Response Team (MCRRT) following the success of the program to date helping individuals in crisis. As of March 1, the MCRRT will work 12-hour shifts Noon until Midnight daily in St. Catharines and Thorold, up from seven-hour shifts. Through expanded Local Health Integrated Network (LHIN) funding, CMHA Niagara can now hire an additional full-time mobile mental health crisis worker. This expansion to the MCRRT [...]

27 February, 2017

Talk Today is almost here!

Categories: Announcements, CMHA News, Events, Services|

In a given year, one in five people in Canada experiences a mental health problem or illness. There are no limitations to those who may be affected. High-performance athletes in their teenage and early adult years often face significant stress and life’s challenges can seem immense. Not only are they facing the pressures of excelling and reaching the next level in their sport, but they’re also doing so during critical educational and social periods in their lives. TalkToday was designed to provide support to these young people and to destigmatize the negative connotations associated with seeking help. Talk Today is [...]

9 February, 2017

Supportive housing, psychotherapy, youth services get funding boost

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Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA), Ontario commends the provincial government for its $140-million investment in mental health, while also recognizing the need for increased funding and enhanced services. The Ontario government has committed to investing $140 million over three years – and an additional $50 million over each of the following three years – in supportive housing, psychotherapy and services for youth. Minister of Health and Long-Term Care Eric Hoskins made the announcement at Routes, CMHA Toronto’s social resource centre, on Feb. 8, calling it a “big step forward” in an attempt to achieve parity between the importance of mental [...]

8 February, 2017

Keep Listening

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My last blog was titled "Keep Talking" and this one is Keep Listening for a reason;  I just live streamed a presentation by our Minister of Health and Long Term Care, Dr. Eric Hoskins who has committed to : More access to therapy to help thousands of people living with conditions like anxiety and depression learn strategies to improve their mental health and be more successful in their daily lives. Up to nine hubs where young people aged 12 to 25 can receive walk-in, one-stop access to mental health and addictions services, as well as other health, social and employment [...]

26 January, 2017

“Inspirational Idiot”

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For every story of joy, eternal bliss, and happy endings are another hundred stories of tragedy, sorrow, and nice guys finishing last.  No matter which of these stories you relate to the most, they inevitably mold you into the person you were destined to be for the rest of your life. Mental health can be the fork in the road of that journey. Whatever plans you made yesterday are about to be altered forever once you get that mental illness label slapped next to your name on a medical chart. It happens to the rich and the poor, the strong [...]

24 January, 2017

Keep Talking

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The Bell’s Let’s Talk campaign encourages people to "start the conversation" about mental health. Talking about the stigma of mental health helps us realize how prevalent these issues are and what we need to do to change society, and we are changing society. Talk does lead to action. Since the launch in 2010, Bell Let’s Talk Day has engaged thousands of Canadians in this dialogue. I see this dialogue continued at all levels. At the policy level, the Federal government has recommended specific mental health funding in the transfer of payments to the provinces. Provincially CMHA Ontario has specifically proposed increases [...]

16 January, 2017

Coping with the winter blues

Categories: Mental Wellness Tips|

With the holidays over and the grey winter weather setting in, some Canadians may notice a shift in mood and energy. While 'Blue Monday’ – the third Monday of January – once touted as the most depressing day of the year, has proven to be a myth (this claim has no scientific evidence to support it), the 'winter blues' are all too real. Research in Ontario suggests that 15% of the general population have experienced the winter blues, which can include changes in appetite and lethargy as the days grow shorter. The winter blues differs from Seasonal Affective Disorder, or SAD, [...]

11 January, 2017

Thank you, Amber

Categories: Client Stories, Feedback & Appreciation|

My worker is Amber K., and the last appointment I had with her I missed, which was completely left open, simply 'cause I did not contact her. The most important factor of this matter is when I missed my appointment with Amber only two days later she got the key and entered my apartment with Lindsay, and I want you know how grateful I am for her actions. Amber has gone above and beyond the call of duty, and I do firmly believe she should be acknowledged. She is not just an employee of CMHA, she is a person who [...]

4 January, 2017

This is how I cope

Categories: Client Stories|

I will begin by saying I suffer from BPD, PTSD, and have dissociation. I have a hard time coping with this but I do. I want to help people who are suffering like me so here is how I cope in hopes that it will help others. When it comes to dissociation, I can usually feel myself starting to dissociate. This is the best time to implement 5-4-3-2-1, which is where you look for things around you like 5 things you see, 4 things you can touch, 3 things you can hear, 2 things you can smell, and then 1 [...]