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 [...]
Last week we talked about understanding suicide and the major warning signs to help reduce risk. While it's one thing to acknowledge invitations or warning signs for suicide, it's another thing entirely to take action and support a loved one displaying these warning signs. You may be wondering, "Where would I even start?" While not every suicide can be prevented, there are things we can do as individuals to help make a world of difference to someone who may be suffering in silence. How can I help a loved one? If you’re concerned about someone else, talk with them. Don't [...]
Did you know approximately 4000 Canadians die by suicide every year? That means approximately 11 people will die by suicide in Canada today, while 210 others will attempt to end their lives by suicide the same day. As one of the top ten leading causes of death, suicide in Canada is a critical public issue. It is the second-most common cause of death among young people, though men in their 40s and 50s have the highest rate of suicide. While men are 3 times more likely to die by suicide than women, women are 3-4 times more likely to attempt [...]
As students and parents prepare for back-to school-season, CMHA Niagara is reminding people to keep mental health in mind during the transition. While a new school year can be exciting, it can also cause stress and anxiety. CMHA suggests maintaining positive mental health during this seasonal shift with the following strategies: Take care of your body. Mental and physical health are fundamentally linked. Make sure to get enough sleep, drink water, exercise, and eat well. Build resiliency. Resiliency means coping well with problems, stress, and other difficult situations. Problems and stress are a normal part of life. Set aside time [...]
Family Law Information Clinics (FLIC) offer free assistance and information for clients who are either new to the court system or don’t have a lawyer. They are available in most family courts. Niagara Falls Family Law Advice is offered at our Niagara Falls office (6760 Morrison Street), no appointment necessary. Clients are seen on a first-come, first-serve basis with a maximum of 20 minutes allotted per client. Niagara Falls Family Law Advice Thursdays 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. CMHA Office, 6760 Morrison Street Niagara Falls, Ontario Important Announcements: The FLIC will be closed on December 28th, 2017.
CMHA Niagara joins individuals and organizations across the province to celebrate Seniors Month in June. Seniors Month is an important time to celebrate the valuable contributions older adults make in communities across Ontario and reflect on the way they are supported. CMHA Niagara is dedicated to supporting the well-being of all people throughout their lives, including an important focus on older people. One in four Canadian seniors currently lives with a mental health issue. In addition, seniors are often undertreated for mental health problems, due to symptoms of mental health issues being mistaken for other conditions, discrimination and stigma, service availability, and physical and financial challenges. CMHA Niagara offers [...]
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 [...]
In a given year, one in five people in Canada experiences a mental health problem or illness. There are no limitations to those who may be affected. High-performance athletes in their teenage and early adult years often face significant stress and life’s challenges can seem immense. Not only are they facing the pressures of excelling and reaching the next level in their sport, but they’re also doing so during critical educational and social periods in their lives. TalkToday was designed to provide support to these young people and to destigmatize the negative connotations associated with seeking help. Talk Today is [...]
“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., [...]
This brief report, which can be accessed here, highlights how helpful a Walk-In Counselling session is to someone experiencing a crisis. This is a great reminder of how important the Women and Wellness event is to the Walk-In Counselling program! CMHA Niagara is incredibly grateful for the dedicated volunteers who put the event together, and to the generous sponsors and attendees who make the evening a great success. Thank you for your continued support!