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30 July, 2018

Free Arts Training coming to St. Catharines

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

12 June, 2018

Celebrity suicide deaths – preventing “contagion”

2018-08-08T09:57:26+00:00 Categories: 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 [...]

20 October, 2017

Bruce Trail expedition raises awareness for mental health

2017-10-20T15:38:49+00:00 Categories: Campaign, Events, Media|

Amy Tunstall is dedicating a month to hike a million steps along the Bruce Trail to raise awareness of mental health for Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA) Niagara. Canada's oldest and longest marked footpath runs along the Escarpment from Tobermory to Niagara, spanning 900 km of main trail. Now having travelled nearly 700 km, Tunstall will conquer the last 200 km of her journey and is inviting people to join her on her trek at specific checkpoints. From October 22-27, she will be hiking through Hamilton and surrounding regions as she completes the home stretch to Niagara. "Amy's thru-hike of [...]

1 May, 2017

Ride Don’t Hide Press Release

2017-06-23T14:11:57+00:00 Categories: Announcements, Events, Media|

RIDE DON’T HIDE CMHA NIAGARA URGES CANADIANS TO BECOME MENTAL HEALTH MOTIVATORS Canada’s Largest Mental Health Bike Ride Brings Together Community Role Models to Fight Stigma & Encourages Help-Seeking Behaviour St. Catharines, Ontario – We all have the power to be a mental health role model and positively impact Canada’s mental health landscape. That’s the message from the Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA) as it gears up to host its annual Ride Don’t Hide event, Canada’s largest mental health bike ride, taking place in more than 30 communities across the country from Newfoundland to British Columbia on 25 June. A [...]

23 March, 2017

Canadian Mental Health Association on Budget 2017: ‘A great start’

2017-03-28T10:13:57+00:00 Categories: Announcements, CMHA News, Media|

(St. Catharines, March 23, 2017) CMHA congratulates the Federal Government for demonstrating a strong commitment to mental health in Canada in its 2017 Budget. The Government’s significant investment in mental heath is a great start toward correcting the historical, woeful underfunding of mental health in this country. However, there is some way to go before mental health care is funded on par with physical health care, and in proportion to the burden of illness. The Canadian Mental Health Association calls for continued investment in mental health – especially in community-based services and support – to bring Canada in line with [...]

13 March, 2017

New federal funding may help remedy historical deficits in mental health

2017-05-08T09:44:51+00:00 Categories: Announcements, CMHA News, Media|

The Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA), Ontario is pleased that the federal government and the Government of Ontario have reached a health funding agreement, which includes new targeted funding over 10 years for investments in mental health care. The Government of Canada has agreed to provide the province with an additional $4.2 billion, with $1.9 billion to be used in support of mental health initiatives and $2.3 billion for better home care. “We believe these additional funds will begin to remedy the historical funding deficits that have impacted those individuals and their families struggling with mental health and addictions challenges,” [...]

1 March, 2017

Mental health response expands in Niagara

2017-03-09T16:17:32+00:00 Categories: Announcements, CMHA News, Media, Services|

Mobile Crisis Rapid Response Team increases after successful pilot program (Niagara, March 1, 2017) – Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA), Niagara and the Niagara Regional Police Service are expanding the services of the Mobile Crisis Rapid Response Team (MCRRT) following the success of the program to date helping individuals in crisis. As of March 1, the MCRRT will work 12-hour shifts Noon until Midnight daily in St. Catharines and Thorold, up from seven-hour shifts. Through expanded Local Health Integrated Network (LHIN) funding, CMHA Niagara can now hire an additional full-time mobile mental health crisis worker. This expansion to the MCRRT [...]

10 June, 2016

MCRRT Program nears its first year anniversary

2017-01-04T09:57:45+00:00 Categories: Media, Services|

“Programs like this make a difference, and if we can weave them all together, we can accomplish something special here in St. Catharines.” On June 9, 2016, Bill Sawchuk of the St. Catharines Standard wrote an article highlighting CMHA Niagara's Mobile Crisis Rapid Response Team (MCRRT) program. As the program nears its one year anniversary, statistics show promising positive impacts for the Niagara community and individuals in crisis. Read the article here. No idea what the MCRRT program is? Here are some fast facts from the article. What happens: One social worker, seven days a week, from 6 p.m. to 1 a.m., [...]

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