As students and parents prepare for back-to school-season, CMHA Niagara is reminding people to keep mental health in mind during the transition. While a new school year can be exciting, it can also cause stress and anxiety. CMHA suggests maintaining positive mental health during this seasonal shift with the following strategies: Take care of your body. Mental and physical health are fundamentally linked. Make sure to get enough sleep, drink water, exercise, and eat well. Build resiliency. Resiliency means coping well with problems, stress, and other difficult situations. Problems and stress are a normal part of life. Set aside time [...]
CMHA Niagara joins individuals and organizations across the province to celebrate Seniors Month in June. Seniors Month is an important time to celebrate the valuable contributions older adults make in communities across Ontario and reflect on the way they are supported. CMHA Niagara is dedicated to supporting the well-being of all people throughout their lives, including an important focus on older people. One in four Canadian seniors currently lives with a mental health issue. In addition, seniors are often undertreated for mental health problems, due to symptoms of mental health issues being mistaken for other conditions, discrimination and stigma, service availability, and physical and financial challenges. CMHA Niagara offers [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
“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., [...]
This brief report, which can be accessed here, highlights how helpful a Walk-In Counselling session is to someone experiencing a crisis. This is a great reminder of how important the Women and Wellness event is to the Walk-In Counselling program! CMHA Niagara is incredibly grateful for the dedicated volunteers who put the event together, and to the generous sponsors and attendees who make the evening a great success. Thank you for your continued support!
Please click here to read a letter from a Niagara Regional Police Officer to a Police Supervisor.
CMHA Niagara is part of a network of OTN service location providers. OTN (Ontario Telecommunications Network) allows for patients of doctors to connect without having to travel. An OTN patient's mother, Lili, wrote CMHA Niagara a heartfelt letter expressing her gratitude for the service which makes regular appointments with a Toronto psychiatrist a lot easier on her son and their family. Thank you for the letter, Lili, it truly makes us proud to provide this service! To read Lili's letter, please click here.
Introducing the Mobile Crisis Rapid Response Team, funded by the Hamilton Niagara Haldimand Brant Local Health Integration Network (LHIN). Find out more here. Read the article in the St. Catharines Standard.