My problems and lack of understanding regarding mental health continue to this day. And I am certainly not alone with any of these thoughts. When it all started over 12 years ago I was full of denial. The fear of being mocked and ridiculed by family and friends kept me in a state of existing but certainly not living to the fullest extent. Once I understood that my emotions were becoming unmanageable I sought out the help I was sure I needed. Four psychiatrists, countless psychologists and an endless supply of medication kept me just above the surface of a [...]
All of the Ministers of Health including Ontario met with the Federal Minister of Health on October 18th, 2016 to discuss the Canada Health Transfer (“the Health Accord”). This is how the federal government transfers funds to the provinces to assist in paying for our healthcare. The meetings reaffirmed the importance of improving care for transitional aged youth mental health and addiction services as they move into adult systems. The ministers also discussed the need to further develop services for people living with mental illnesses and addictions. Health budgets are the largest expenditures for provincial and territorial governments but we [...]
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 [...]
Important Service Announcement: Transforming the Delivery of Mental Health Services Across the Niagara Region
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 [...]
The next Life Skills module begins January 12th! This module will focus on helping you to communicate assertively. To sign up, please contact your support worker, or call THSP Staff at 905-641-5222.
I was watching a tv show earlier today and I’ve been told by friends who also watch the show, that the main character reminds them of me. The main character is incredibly dramatic, which I can’t relate to, but she’s also blunt and has a lot of anxiety/depression around things like self-worth, her purpose in life, and fear of failure. For the most part, I’m energetic and positive. But when the rollercoaster gets to the peak, it has to come down; my thinking changes from “I can do anything!” to “I’m not going anywhere and am stagnating in life”. It’s [...]
My girlfriend lives in the small town of Ridgeway, located in the vicinity of Fort Erie, Ontario. The other night i was telling her a few stories (as I am very fond of doing) because she just can’t seem to hear enough of them. And so it goes. Nineteen years ago my home was Simpson Avenue, off the Lakeshore, in Toronto…A college student on the decline mentally and spiritually. There are so many fond memories of that wonderful time in my life, but in the end it became a genuine bummer. But as I walk the streets of Ridgeway during [...]