9 September, 2020

CMHA recognizes World Suicide Prevention Day 2020

2020-09-09T12:35:49-04:00Categories: Uncategorized|

CMHA joins the Canadian Association for Suicide Prevention (CASP) in inviting all individuals and communities to find a way to recognize and support World Suicide Prevention Day (WSPD) on September 10th. It can be as simple as sending a message to those who are in despair, those who are grieving, and those who are supporting someone who is struggling with life's challenges. By spreading the word that hope, help and healing are possible, we can work together to prevent suicide. CASP estimates that each day in Canada, 10 people end their life and 200 make a suicide attempt. Suicide occurs [...]

28 August, 2020

Most Ontarians fear second wave of COVID-19

2020-08-28T14:25:23-04:00Categories: Uncategorized|

Worries linked to actions of others: CMHA poll A new poll shows an overwhelming majority of Ontarians (84 per cent) remain concerned about the possibility of a second wave of COVID-19, primarily driven by worry of other people not following the proper distancing rules as businesses and schools reopen. The survey conducted by the Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA), Ontario Division indicates respondents are worried people are becoming too relaxed too quickly (83 per cent), about coming in contact with people who are not taking the proper precautions (78 per cent), and that others are not following physical distancing guidelines [...]

18 April, 2019

Mental Health Week

2020-04-28T10:05:50-04:00Categories: Uncategorized|

The Canadian Mental Health Association's annual Mental Health Week is May 6 - 12, 2019. It's a time where communities, schools, workplaces and the House of Commons rally around CMHA Mental Health Week. 2019 marks the 68th annual CMHA Mental Health Week. Mental health is a state of well-being, and we all have it. We might have a mental illness, and we might not. Either way, we can all feel well. One in five Canadians lives with mental health problems, mental illnesses or addiction. But the reality is, five in five of us have mental health, just like we all [...]

30 July, 2018

Free Arts Training coming to St. Catharines

2018-07-27T13:03:31-04:00Categories: Announcements, Client & Family Information, CMHA News, Media|

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 [...]

26 July, 2018

New study outlines ethical dilemmas faced by community mental health

2018-07-27T12:21:04-04:00Categories: CMHA News|

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 [...]

10 July, 2018

A “Truly Local” Commitment

2018-07-19T14:28:06-04:00Categories: Announcements, Donor Recognition|

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 [...]

26 June, 2018

Riders raise $1.83 million to support a judgment-free Canada and vital mental health programs and services

2018-07-19T14:55:41-04:00Categories: Events, Media, News Release|

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 [...]

20 June, 2018

Memorial Tournament Breaks Fundraising Record

2018-07-19T14:08:51-04:00Categories: Donor Recognition|

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 [...]

12 June, 2018

Celebrity suicide deaths – preventing “contagion”

2018-08-08T09:57:26-04:00Categories: Media|

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 [...]

29 May, 2018

Cast your vote on June 7th for mental health and addictions care

2018-05-29T12:01:50-04:00Categories: Campaign, CMHA News|

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 [...]

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