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Client Stories

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30 August, 2017

The Fishing Trip

2017-08-30T14:17:17+00:00 Categories: Client Stories|

This week I was camping with my family. After years of not being invited on family camping trips, last year the cycle was broken and I was once again allowed to go camping with my family. This year I went as well. We did a lot of fishing and spent a lot of time out on the water. This got me thinking about life. What if I was like a fish who was just about to get hooked on the end of someone's fishing pole? Would I try to swim away, or would I accept my fate? I am a [...]

26 January, 2017

“Inspirational Idiot”

2017-01-26T10:06:27+00:00 Categories: Client Stories|Tags: , , , , , , |

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 [...]

11 January, 2017

Thank you, Amber

2017-01-04T09:57:41+00:00 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

2017-01-04T09:57:41+00:00 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 [...]

28 December, 2016

Why I hold on

2016-12-20T15:22:02+00:00 Categories: Client Stories|

Why do I keep trying? Even though I suffer with mental illness and have gone through many traumas, I still hold great hope for a future – my future. I want a better relationship with my family and friends and I want to make new friends. I want to be able to be silly and laugh until my tummy hurts and just talk about nothingness instead of basing my relationships on my traumas. I want to travel to Italy and see all the beautiful architecture and visit the Augustem. A place that has been through hell but still stands in its beautiful essence. [...]

21 December, 2016

Home Sweet Home

2017-01-04T09:57:41+00:00 Categories: Client Stories|

Having a clean/safe place to live makes me feel like I do have control of myself and life. I feel better when my place is clean because sometimes I feel like my life is a mess but when I come home to a clean house and feel safe I forget about my problems outside of my home. It motivates me to do something each day, to not give up on myself. It feels like if I start from my home maybe I can get out and do something else that I’m afraid to do. Some other people may think it [...]

7 December, 2016

Touched by Fire

2017-01-04T09:57:42+00:00 Categories: Client Stories, Donor Recognition|

Barbara Collins, a Registered Art Psychotherapist with Kinark Child and Family Services, curates an art show entitled "Touched by Fire" every summer. This year, a youth participating in the art show created a painting and requested that the funds from the sale of the painting be anonymously donated to our agency in gratitude for the support they received from us. Attached with the donation was the following note: "Dear CMHA Niagara, I am a youth who has been touched by mental health, not only through my own struggles, but those of friends and family. I wanted to donate this money [...]

29 October, 2016

Find What Works Best For You

2017-01-04T09:57:42+00:00 Categories: Client Stories|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , |

My problems and lack of understanding regarding mental health continue to this day. And I am certainly not alone with any of these thoughts. When it all started over 12 years ago I was full of denial. The fear of being mocked and ridiculed by family and friends kept me in a state of existing but certainly not living to the fullest extent. Once I understood that my emotions were becoming unmanageable I sought out the help I was sure I needed. Four psychiatrists, countless psychologists and an endless supply of medication kept me just above the surface of a [...]

19 October, 2016

Thankful for CMHA

2017-01-04T09:57:43+00:00 Categories: Client Stories|

When I think about what I am thankful for at this time of year, I often come up empty. This year as the question comes up I will have an answer, as I am thankful for CMHA. They have no idea just how much they have helped me this year, without the help from CMHA I don't know where I would be, but probably doing a lot worse, and feeling unable to cope with life. Having spent the week at Safe Beds leading up to thanksgiving I learned I have a lot to be thankful for. I am thankful I [...]

6 September, 2016

Finding Purpose

2016-11-29T12:49:07+00:00 Categories: Client Stories|

When I think about trying to give my life some purpose, it is usually about trying to find a job, and something to do everyday, something to look forward to, a reason to wake up each morning, get out of bed and eat breakfast. I suffer with thoughts of self harm every day, but recently I have decided to try and put some purpose back into my life, a reason not to be trapped in my old ways. Recently I saw the movie finding Dory, now let me tell you that is a fish with a purpose. She had so [...]