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 [...]
RIDE DON’T HIDE CMHA NIAGARA URGES CANADIANS TO BECOME MENTAL HEALTH MOTIVATORS Canada’s Largest Mental Health Bike Ride Brings Together Community Role Models to Fight Stigma & Encourages Help-Seeking Behaviour St. Catharines, Ontario – We all have the power to be a mental health role model and positively impact Canada’s mental health landscape. That’s the message from the Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA) as it gears up to host its annual Ride Don’t Hide event, Canada’s largest mental health bike ride, taking place in more than 30 communities across the country from Newfoundland to British Columbia on 25 June. A [...]
Our Board President, Stuart Dorricott, and Executive Director, George Kurzawa, were featured on an episode of Our Home with Mayor Sendzik. In this episode, Stuart and George discuss Mental Health and our 7th Annual Women and Wellness event that took place on February 16, 2017. Check it out!
(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 [...]
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,” [...]
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 [...]
“Programs like this make a difference, and if we can weave them all together, we can accomplish something special here in St. Catharines.” On June 9, 2016, Bill Sawchuk of the St. Catharines Standard wrote an article highlighting CMHA Niagara's Mobile Crisis Rapid Response Team (MCRRT) program. As the program nears its one year anniversary, statistics show promising positive impacts for the Niagara community and individuals in crisis. Read the article here. No idea what the MCRRT program is? Here are some fast facts from the article. What happens: One social worker, seven days a week, from 6 p.m. to 1 a.m., [...]
LIUNA Station, Niagara Falls, Brant Street Pier among more than 40 local landmarks to shine green for Mental Health Week (Hamilton, April 28, 2016) – A mental health initiative launched earlier this month by Hamilton radio station AM900 CHML, in conjunction with several community partners, is growing rapidly. More than 40 businesses, organizations and buildings in the Hamilton, Halton and Niagara areas will be lit green during Canadian Mental Health Association’s (CMHA) 65th annual Mental Health Week from May 2 to 8. Lit buildings in Hamilton include city hall, LIUNA Station, First Ontario Centre/Hamilton Place, McMaster University’s University Hall, Hamilton [...]