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 [...]

27 November, 2017

Support mental health this GivingTuesday

2017-11-28T09:59:53+00:00 Categories: Campaign|

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 [...]

15 November, 2017

Recovery Language: A Guide

2017-11-16T14:21:59+00:00 Categories: Campaign|

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 [...]

12 November, 2017

It’s National Addictions Awareness Week

2017-11-16T11:36:31+00:00 Categories: Campaign|

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 [...]

20 October, 2017

Bruce Trail expedition raises awareness for mental health

2017-10-20T15:38:49+00:00 Categories: Campaign, Events, Media|

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 [...]

1 October, 2017

CMHA Niagara recognizes Mental Illness Awareness Week

2017-10-04T11:27:59+00:00 Categories: Campaign, CMHA News, Events|

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 [...]

28 September, 2017

A Million Steps for Mental Health

2017-09-28T11:31:04+00:00 Categories: Campaign, CMHA News, Events|

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 [...]

31 August, 2017

Overdose is preventable: know the signs

2017-08-31T13:35:46+00:00 Categories: Campaign, CMHA News|

An annual event on preventing overdose is more pertinent than ever this year in Ontario. There is an estimated opioid related overdose death every 14 hours in Ontario. To combat this crisis, CMHA Ontario joins individuals and organizations in recognizing International Overdose Awareness Day (IAOD) on August 31. IAOD aims to raise awareness of overdose and reduce the stigma of a drug-related death. An overdose is a toxic amount of one or more substances that stop the body from working properly. Signs of opioid overdose include: Person is not moving or responsive Slow, shallow breathing or no breathing Slow heartbeat [...]

21 June, 2017

There’s still time to register, raise funds, and win!

2017-06-22T11:59:54+00:00 Categories: Campaign, Events|

Ride Don't Hide is just around the corner, but there's still time to get involved! Online registration closes on Saturday, June 24 at 6:00 p.m. After this date, day-of registration rates will increase to $50 per person, though children 12 and under still ride free. If you haven't already, register today: There's also time to raise funds, and we have some pretty great prizes to be won if you help us reach our $30,000 goal! Not sure how to fundraise? We have some tips to get you started: We've raised $14,118 (47% of our goal) so far. With 4 [...]

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