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Staff and volunteers within the agency share what’s happening at CMHA Niagara.

This can include:

– New programs coming up
– Funding that has been allocated to CMHA Niagara
– Upcoming events
– New hires welcomed to the agency
– Retirees acknowledged for their service

23 March, 2017

Canadian Mental Health Association on Budget 2017: ‘A great start’

2017-03-28T10:13:57+00:00 Categories: Announcements, CMHA News, Media|

(St. Catharines, March 23, 2017) CMHA congratulates the Federal Government for demonstrating a strong commitment to mental health in Canada in its 2017 Budget. The Government’s significant investment in mental heath is a great start toward correcting the historical, woeful underfunding of mental health in this country. However, there is some way to go before mental health care is funded on par with physical health care, and in proportion to the burden of illness. The Canadian Mental Health Association calls for continued investment in mental health – especially in community-based services and support – to bring Canada in line with [...]

13 March, 2017

New federal funding may help remedy historical deficits in mental health

2017-05-08T09:44:51+00:00 Categories: Announcements, CMHA News, Media|

The Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA), Ontario is pleased that the federal government and the Government of Ontario have reached a health funding agreement, which includes new targeted funding over 10 years for investments in mental health care. The Government of Canada has agreed to provide the province with an additional $4.2 billion, with $1.9 billion to be used in support of mental health initiatives and $2.3 billion for better home care. “We believe these additional funds will begin to remedy the historical funding deficits that have impacted those individuals and their families struggling with mental health and addictions challenges,” [...]

8 March, 2017

Living Life to the Full: Courses Coming SOON

2017-03-09T16:13:33+00:00 Categories: Announcements, Client & Family Information, CMHA News|

We are pleased to announce that the following Living Life To The Full (LLTTF) workshops will SOON be offered at each of our Morrison, Jarvis and Page Street locations: 6760 Morrison Street - March 27th through May 29th - 10:30 until noon 20 Jarvis Street - March 30th through May 18th - 10:30 until noon 36 Page Street - May 2nd through June 20th - 1:30 until 3:00pm This LLTTF course helps people to make a positive difference in their lives.  There are eight 90-minute weekly sessions that are open to adults who are willing and able to: complete homework weekly, and commit [...]

1 March, 2017

Mental health response expands in Niagara

2017-03-09T16:17:32+00:00 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!

2017-03-09T16:17:49+00:00 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

2017-02-09T10:55:03+00:00 Categories: Announcements, CMHA News|Tags: , , , , , , , |

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 [...]

2 December, 2016

Auditor’s Report: Why Can’t We Follow Our Own Advice?

2016-12-01T13:32:23+00:00 Categories: CMHA News, Mindful Musings (Executive Director)|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , |

The Auditor General just released a recent report regarding Child and Youth Mental Health. The report identifies a number of issues including inactivity on the previous plans. We know that mental health is an issue. We are well aware that 1 in 5 people will experience a mental health problem in their lifetime and most mental health problems start in childhood and adolescence. Consequently, in June 2011 the government of Ontario launched its Comprehensive Mental Health And Addictions Strategy focusing on children and youth and spending about $190 million. In 2012 the Moving on Mental Health strategy was launched to bring [...]

22 November, 2016

The “Women Who Care” support mental health in Niagara

2017-01-04T09:57:42+00:00 Categories: CMHA News, Donor Recognition|

On Monday we were greeted warmly at the “Christmas to Remember” display in the Fairview Mall to receive a very generous donation from the May Court Club of St. Catharines. These incredible women donated $1000 to Women and Wellness, an annual volunteer organized educational event supporting our Walk-In Counselling services. The May Court Club is Canada’s oldest women’s volunteer association dedicated to active volunteerism in the community. The St. Catharines club has been serving the Niagara Region for 81 years through service and fundraising projects, with a focus on women and children. We are incredibly grateful for their support and contribution [...]

17 November, 2016

Accreditation Success

2017-02-23T12:05:19+00:00 Categories: CMHA News, Mindful Musings (Executive Director)|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , |

Despite continuous funding pressures and increased demands for services, our Branch has shown that it can surmount all obstacles to providing quality care. We are very pleased to have achieved Accreditation with Commendation from Accreditation Canada, surpassing their high standards. Our emphasis is on continuous quality improvement and we have established a reputation for quality work that is evaluated not by peers, but by a credible third party. All of the credit goes to our very hard working Board of Directors, staff members, and clients; in particular our Client and Family Advisory Committee. Our overall score of 97.8 % of achieved [...]

8 November, 2016

Niagara Detention Centre Staff Fair

2017-01-04T09:57:42+00:00 Categories: CMHA News|

On October 28th, the Niagara Human Services and Justice Coordinating Committee sponsored a Staff Fair at the Niagara Detention Centre. We, along with representatives from Community Addiction Services of Niagara and Bethesda Services, provided Niagara Detention Centre staff with information about the various programs and services we all offer in Niagara, as well as community services available for staff and incarcerated individuals. Most staff members turned out to the event, asking lots of questions and picking up information. We're happy we could be invovled in this Staff Fair and would like to extend a big "thank you" to all involved!

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

The following 24/7 crisis and information is available:

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)