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24 January, 2017

Keep Talking

2017-01-24T15:52:41+00:00 Categories: Campaign, Mindful Musings (Executive Director)|Tags: , , , , , , , |

The Bell’s Let’s Talk campaign encourages people to "start the conversation" about mental health. Talking about the stigma of mental health helps us realize how prevalent these issues are and what we need to do to change society, and we are changing society. Talk does lead to action. Since the launch in 2010, Bell Let’s Talk Day has engaged thousands of Canadians in this dialogue. I see this dialogue continued at all levels. At the policy level, the Federal government has recommended specific mental health funding in the transfer of payments to the provinces. Provincially CMHA Ontario has specifically proposed increases [...]

14 December, 2016

How far can we stretch?

2017-01-04T09:57:41+00:00 Categories: Mindful Musings (Executive Director)|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , |

The 2017-2018 provincial budget consultations have begun. One of the key issues for our sector, not surprisingly, is funding. We are used to stretching resources but the rubber band will snap back on us soon if the government doesn’t treat the issue seriously. In a ten year review for the Niagara branch, the cumulative Consumer Price Index increase was 20.08%, while over those ten years our major funder, the HNHB LHIN, provided cumulative base budget increases of 10.32%. Resources shrinking at that rate implicate dire consequences for us and other agencies in the same situation. In a recent local survey, [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

24 October, 2016

The Health Accord – Why it Matters

2017-01-04T09:57:43+00:00 Categories: Mindful Musings (Executive Director)|Tags: , , , , , , , |

All of the Ministers of Health including Ontario met with the Federal Minister of Health on October 18th, 2016 to discuss the Canada Health Transfer (“the Health Accord”). This is how the federal government transfers funds to the provinces to assist in paying for our healthcare. The meetings reaffirmed the importance of improving care for transitional aged youth mental health and addiction services as they move into adult systems. The ministers also discussed the need to further develop services for people living with mental illnesses and addictions. Health budgets are the largest expenditures for provincial and territorial governments but we [...]

19 September, 2016

Local charity baseball game raises $5,000 for mental health

2017-01-04T09:57:44+00:00 Categories: CMHA News, Donor Recognition, Events|Tags: , , , , , , , |

It’s amazing what a community can accomplish when residents and local businesses come together. On Sunday, August 7 the Welland Chiefs Baseball Club hosted their first charity baseball game, Strike Out Stigma, to support local mental health programs and services. Thanks to the dedication of Event Chairs Jennifer Richards and Steve Maurice, the Welland Chiefs baseball team, and their cohort of volunteers, the event was a great success! Nearly 200 people attended, including 30 players between the two Niagara District Baseball Association (NDBA) teams and 20 dedicated, friendly volunteers. While they lost a close game against the St. Catharines Cobras, their fundraising efforts counted as an inspiring win for anyone impacted by mental illness in the Niagara [...]

21 July, 2016

Important Service Announcement: Transforming the Delivery of Mental Health Services Across the Niagara Region

2016-12-15T09:44:25+00:00 Categories: Announcements, Client & Family Information, CMHA News|Tags: , , , , , , |

Mental health issues and addictions affect one in five people worldwide over their lifetime, which is why having access to good quality mental health and addictions services is essential. When it comes to transitioning between child/youth and adult mental health services there is little continuity of care between the two. Since "aging out" of programs leads to gaps in care, the Boards of Directors for CMHA Niagara and Pathstone Mental Health are exploring potential partnership opportunities to develop seamless services for the mental health needs of people of all ages across the region. “Having access to good quality mental health [...]

9 December, 2015

Rollercoaster

2017-01-04T09:57:46+00:00 Categories: Client Stories|Tags: , , , , , |

I was watching a tv show earlier today and I’ve been told by friends who also watch the show, that the main character reminds them of me.  The main character is incredibly dramatic, which I can’t relate to, but she’s also blunt and has a lot of anxiety/depression around things like self-worth, her purpose in life, and fear of failure.  For the most part, I’m energetic and positive.  But when the rollercoaster gets to the peak, it has to come down; my thinking changes from “I can do anything!” to “I’m not going anywhere and am stagnating in life”.  It’s [...]