CMHA News

/CMHA News

Staff and volunteers within the agency share what’s happening at CMHA Niagara.

This can include:

– New programs coming up
– Funding that has been allocated to CMHA Niagara
– Upcoming events
– New hires welcomed to the agency
– Retirees acknowledged for their service

30 July, 2018

Free Arts Training coming to St. Catharines

2018-07-27T13:03:31+00:00Categories: 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+00:00Categories: 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 [...]

29 May, 2018

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

2018-05-29T12:01:50+00:00Categories: 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 [...]

10 December, 2017

NOTICE: Temporary Change in Service Hours

2017-11-24T10:05:31+00:00Categories: Announcements, CMHA News, Services|

Please note that some of our programs and services will experience temporary adjustments to their hours due to statutory holidays. While some of our offices will be closed on certain days, Urgent Support Services will remain operational at a minimum of one location as specified below. Date Admin, Community Support, and Employment Services Urgent Support Services (11:30 - 5:30 p.m.) Friday, December 22 8:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. St. Catharines & Niagara Falls Monday, December 25 Closed St. Catharines ONLY Tuesday, December 26 Closed St. Catharines ONLY Friday, December 29 8:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. St. Catharines & Niagara [...]

1 October, 2017

CMHA Niagara recognizes Mental Illness Awareness Week

2017-10-04T11:27:59+00:00Categories: Campaign, CMHA News, Events|

The first week of October brings with it the reminder that millions of Canadians live with mental illnesses every day. Oct 1-7 is Mental Illness Awareness Week (MIAW). MIAW is an annual national public education campaign coordinated by the Canadian Alliance on Mental Illness and Mental Health (CAMIMH). CAMIMH's mandate is to ensure that mental illness and mental health are placed on the national agenda so that Canadians receive appropriate access to care and support. CMHA is an active member of CAMIMH and is proud to support its annual Faces of Mental Illness campaign during MIAW. This year’s MIAW encourages [...]

28 September, 2017

A Million Steps for Mental Health

2017-09-28T11:31:04+00:00Categories: Campaign, CMHA News, Events|

On Monday, September 25 Amy Tunstall, the founder of Aim Outside, took her first steps for awareness on Canada’s oldest and longest marked footpath in memory of her father. She will travel 900km of the Bruce Trail from Tobermory to the Niagara Region with a steadfast determination to shatter stigma and connect individuals to mental health resources. As the founder of Aim Outside, a project that tackles mental health issues while bringing insight to the healing benefits of the great outdoors, Ms. Tunstall has travelled over 17,000 km across two continents, five countries, and ten provinces. Long, adventurous treks are [...]

13 September, 2017

Living Life to the Full: Fall registration open

2017-09-14T10:18:46+00:00Categories: Client & Family Information, CMHA News|

We are pleased to announce that the following Living Life To The Full (LLTTF) workshop will soon be offered at our Morrison Street office in Niagara Falls: 6760 Morrison Street - October 5 through November 23 from 10:00 until 11:30 a.m. This LLTTF course helps people to make a positive difference in their lives. There are eight 90-minute weekly sessions that are open to adults who are willing and able to: complete homework weekly, and commit to attend sessions (no more than 2 sessions can be missed). There is a sliding fee scale upon request. Please contact Saddaf at smian@cmhaniagara.ca with your name and [...]

31 August, 2017

Overdose is preventable: know the signs

2017-08-31T13:35:46+00:00Categories: Campaign, CMHA News|

An annual event on preventing overdose is more pertinent than ever this year in Ontario. There is an estimated opioid related overdose death every 14 hours in Ontario. To combat this crisis, CMHA Ontario joins individuals and organizations in recognizing International Overdose Awareness Day (IAOD) on August 31. IAOD aims to raise awareness of overdose and reduce the stigma of a drug-related death. An overdose is a toxic amount of one or more substances that stop the body from working properly. Signs of opioid overdose include: Person is not moving or responsive Slow, shallow breathing or no breathing Slow heartbeat [...]

26 July, 2017

Register now: Mental Health for All Conference

2017-07-26T13:28:08+00:00Categories: CMHA News, Events|

From September 18 to the 20, the Canadian Mental Health Association will be hosting the second annual Mental Health for All Conference at the Hilton Toronto. Brought to you in partnership with the Mental Health Commission of Canada (MHCC) and the Canadian Centre on Substance Use and Addiction (CCSA), this unique forum in the mental health arena brings together hundreds of leaders and thinkers, all working toward one goal: mental health for all. This year, the conference is built on the theme: “it takes a nation.” The chronic underfunding of mental health is a Canadian reality and Canadians have been [...]

26 June, 2017

Record-breaking Ride Don’t Hide event raises over $1.5 million for mental health across Canada

2017-06-26T17:58:28+00:00Categories: Announcements, CMHA News, Events|

176 Niagara riders take part in Canada’s largest mental health bike ride, breaking down stigma and building a community of hope (St. Catharines, ON) – 6,700 mental health supporters took part nationally in the Canadian Mental Health Association’s (CMHA) Ride Don’t Hide charity bike ride Sunday, June 25 raising over $1.5 million for mental health programs and services. Niagara’s 3rd annual ride was hosted at Brock University this year. In Niagara, 176 riders raised approximately $28,223 for local community mental health programs. Additionally, Freedom 55 Financial: A Division of London Life will be matching their corporate team’s $6,000 donations, bringing [...]

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