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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

8 November, 2016

Niagara Detention Centre Staff Fair

2017-01-04T09:57:42+00:00 Categories: CMHA News|

On October 28th, the Niagara Human Services and Justice Coordinating Committee sponsored a Staff Fair at the Niagara Detention Centre. We, along with representatives from Community Addiction Services of Niagara and Bethesda Services, provided Niagara Detention Centre staff with information about the various programs and services we all offer in Niagara, as well as community services available for staff and incarcerated individuals. Most staff members turned out to the event, asking lots of questions and picking up information. We're happy we could be invovled in this Staff Fair and would like to extend a big "thank you" to all involved!

26 September, 2016

Niagara Wine Festival Grande Parade

2017-04-06T13:39:15+00:00 Categories: CMHA News, Events|

On Saturday, September 24, 2016 we participated in the Niagara Wine Festival Grande Parade for the first time. The weather was perfect, the energy from our friends, family, and staff was high, and the encouragement and support we received from the community was incredible! It's okay to not be okay, and we decided to drive home that message in our inaugural float this year. All of our participants decorated a white t-shirt with two statements on the front and back. Personal insecurities, challenges, or mental health issues were displayed bravely on the front of each shirt, while the statement on [...]

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 [...]

17 June, 2016

CMHA Niagara Honours Dedicated Board Member

2017-01-04T09:57:44+00:00 Categories: Announcements, CMHA News, Volunteer|

Members of the Board of Directors presented fellow Board Member Elaine Edmiston with the inaugural "Friend of CMHA Niagara" honour at the recent Annual General Meeting, June 16, 2016.  This tribute acknowledges Elaine's many contributions to CMHA over the years.  In addition to her leadership as a long-serving member of the Board, Elaine brought the successful Women and Wellness event to Niagara.  Since 2011, this annual educational fundraiser has raised more than $170,000 to support CMHA Niagara's Walk-In Counselling.  Thank you Elaine!

10 June, 2016

CMHA Niagara Celebrates Two New Graduates

2017-01-04T09:57:44+00:00 Categories: CMHA News|

Wednesday June 8th was a special day for two members of the CMHA family! Susan Mifsud, a member of the Board of Directors at CMHA Niagara, received her Master of Education degree. Susan had been working toward a BEd in Adult Education since 2009, and in 2014 she started working on her MEd. She has recently landed a job as a Recovery Support Worker for the Niagara Region’s Mental Health Unit and runs her own consulting business. Kaitlyn Daw (right), CMHA Niagara's Communications & Events Facilitator Susan Mifsud, Member of CMHA Niagara's Board of Directors Kaitlyn [...]

30 April, 2016

Mental Health Week Launches May 2

2017-01-04T09:57:45+00:00 Categories: Campaign, CMHA News|

It’s Mental Health Week! Now GET LOUD! Canadians are hearing CMHA’s call to GET LOUD for mental health and they are raising their voices to end discrimination, stigma and shame, for someone at work, for someone at home, and for themselves. This Mental Health Week, they are going to be heard. “I think of ‘getting loud’ as a giant megaphone for mental health.” says Dr. Patrick Smith, CMHA’s National CEO. “Whether you’re shouting it from the rooftops, or talking quietly with someone at home or at work, getting loud means breaking the silence that can surround mental health issues.” For [...]

28 April, 2016

Green for Mental Health – LIUNA Station, Niagara Falls, Brant St. Pier

2017-01-04T09:57:45+00:00 Categories: Announcements, CMHA News, Events, Media|

LIUNA Station, Niagara Falls, Brant Street Pier among more than 40 local landmarks to shine green for Mental Health Week (Hamilton, April 28, 2016) – A mental health initiative launched earlier this month by Hamilton radio station AM900 CHML, in conjunction with several community partners, is growing rapidly. More than 40 businesses, organizations and buildings in the Hamilton, Halton and Niagara areas will be lit green during Canadian Mental Health Association’s (CMHA) 65th annual Mental Health Week from May 2 to 8. Lit buildings in Hamilton include city hall, LIUNA Station, First Ontario Centre/Hamilton Place, McMaster University’s University Hall, Hamilton [...]

29 February, 2016

CMHA Niagara at Talk Today!

2017-01-04T09:57:45+00:00 Categories: CMHA News, Events|

On Sunday, February 28th, CMHA Niagara staff, clients, volunteers, and general supporters, attended the Niagara IceDogs vs. Erie Otters afternoon game.  We got everyone's attention with our photo booth and our beautiful bright green hats with our logos proudly embroidered on them!  Another highlight was CMHA Niagara's very own Gary, Intake Coordinator for St. Catharines, getting to drop the puck (pictured below).  GREAT JOB, GARY! And a big thank you to everyone who came out, checked out our table and photo booth, and cheered on the Talk Today initiative, promoting positive mental health for all!

10 February, 2016

Talk Today

2017-01-04T09:57:45+00:00 Categories: CMHA News, Events|

Canadian Mental Health Association branches across Ontario have partnered with the Ontario Hockey League to provide their teams with mental health supports and training.  This partnership came to light after one of the OHL Players for Saginaw Spirit died by suicide in 2014. The OHL recognized that these young players needed help to keep their mental health in as good a shape as their physical health. CMHA Niagara partners with both the Niagara IceDogs and the Erie Otters to provide each team's players and staff training on how to recognize the symptoms of deteriorating mental health and how to ask [...]

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