ST. CATHARINES, ON, July 30, 2018 – People with lived experience of mental health and addiction issues in St. Catharines will soon have access to free, year-long multidisciplinary arts training classes thanks to a new partnership between Workman Arts (Toronto), Willow Arts Community, Rodman Hall Art Centre, Niagara Artist Centre, Niagara Region Mental Health, CMHA Niagara, Start Me Up Niagara, Oak Centre Clubhouse, and Mahtay Cafe. The project aims to bring meaningful opportunities outside of the mainstream mental health system to people with lived experience of mental health and addictions issues. Through this initiative, the project partners want to raise [...]
A new study in the Journal of Ethics in Mental Health (JEMH) highlights the variety of ethical questions that community mental health organizations are faced with on any given day. Based on a true account set in a fictional Canadian city, the feature addresses several ethical issues, including questions of client confidentiality vs community safety, consent and capacity, and how to support clients who are living at risk. Practical considerations in case studies are also presented. For example, in one scenario staff discuss whether they are obligated to report animal cruelty if they perceive pets to be at risk in [...]
You might have heard about the grand opening of PenFinancial’s new branch on Fourth Avenue earlier this month. As part of their “truly local commitment to helping improve lives and strengthen communities in Niagara,” CMHA Niagara was selected as one of its 12 community partners! What does this mean, you ask? The branch has committed to thanking new members by giving them the opportunity to choose where they’d like PenFinancial to invest their “new member truly local community investment.” When new members choose CMHA Niagara, they support the investment of a one-on-one session with a mental health counsellor at our [...]
Riders raise $1.83 million to support a judgment-free Canada and vital mental health programs and services
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE ST. CATHARINES (ONTARIO) June 26, 2018 – On Sunday, more than 7,750 Canadians in 31 communities across the country cycled in the 7th annual Ride Don’t Hide event, raising an estimated $1,830,000 for the Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA). The largest mental health bike ride in Canada, Ride Don’t Hide raises much-needed funds for a variety of community mental health programs and services, and helps to eliminate the stigma of mental illness by inviting participants to “ride in plain sight.” “Accepting, understanding and talking about mental illness can help alleviate the pain of stigma and stereotypes,” says [...]
On Saturday, June 2nd the sun was shining for enthusiastic golfers ready to bring mental health into the spotlight while raising funds to support local programs and services through the 3rd annual Paul Everest Memorial Golf Tournament. This year, 48 golfers came together to play a round of 18 holes and were joined by an additional 16 people for steak dinner afterwards at the Innerkip Highlands Golf Course. In its third year, the Paul Everest Memorial Golf Tournament raised a record-breaking $6,500 for local mental health programs, bringing the collective total raised from this event to approximately $13,500 to-date! The [...]
Written by: the Canadian Mental Health Association’s Centre for Suicide Prevention In our culture, we are mostly silent about suicide. But when celebrities die by suicide – as Kate Spade and Anthony Bourdain did last week, the issue becomes front-page news. Anyone who has lost a loved one to suicide can attest to its utter devastation. This devastation becomes widespread when famous people die, as evidenced by the waves of social media posts and tributes to Spade and Bourdain. We try to make sense of celebrity suicides and we turn to the media for details. Robin Williams’ death in 2014 [...]
Election Day in Ontario is fast approaching which means now is a crucial time to ensure that mental health and addictions care remains a core ballot box issue. All three main political parties have, in fact, made mental health and addictions care a key commitment in their platforms. Let’s let candidates know this is a promise you expect them to keep. CMHA Niagara is encouraging all Ontarians to sign an online petition with a message to candidates: fund mental health and addictions care the same as physical health care. Sign the petition and join the 12,000 other Ontarians who’ve already [...]
The 3rd annual Paul Everest Memorial Golf Tournament is coming up on Saturday, June 2 at the Innerkip Highlands Golf Course. To date, this memorial golf tournament has raised $5,435 in support of local mental health initiatives. Enjoy 18 holes of golf, dinner, and fantastic prizes. Proceeds from this third-party fundraising event will support mental health in Niagara. Please contact Peter Everest (firstname.lastname@example.org) for more details.
In the spirit of Police Week, the Niagara Regional Police Service (NRPS) is hosting an event where we will be talking about our crisis collaboration that WORKS. Come out to this public event on May 15th at the St. Catharines Public Library. The event will run from 6:30 - 8:30 p.m. in the Rotary & Banker's Room. This event is open to the public, FREE to attend, and refreshments will be provided.
Number of days to election: 30 Number of Ontarians demanding funding parity for mental health: 10,000+ (Niagara, May 7, 2018) – If there’s one simple thing you can do for Mental Health Week (May 7-13), it's join the 10,000 other Ontarians who’ve signed CMHA’s online petition urging political parties to fund mental health and addictions care like physical health care. With a provincial election one month away, now is a crucial time to add your voice and demand funding parity. Visit erasethedifference.ca and sign the petition. “We all know someone who’s been touched by mental health issues. Whether it's a challenge [...]