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Lifetime Impact Gift made to Pathstone Foundation

Pathstone’s School to be named after donor

St. Catharines, ON (July 20, 2021) – Today we are celebrating a significant gift that will leave a lasting impact for children who lean on Pathstone Mental Health for help.

A donation of $1 million from Mountainview Building Group owner Mark Basciano, will support Pathstone’s primary school on Merrittville Highway. Construction is already underway on outdoor play and education hubs that include two classrooms.

This school plays a vital role in Pathstone’s intensive therapy program where therapists work in collaboration with DSBN teachers. Students in grades 1 through 8 come from across the Region typically for one full school year. Our goal is to strengthen students’ emotional, social, and educational skills, to better equip them for future success when they return to their former school.

This Lifetime Impact gift has been earmarked for a number of major projects at Pathstone’s educational campus which includes an outdoor space designed to enhance student engagement and connect them to nature. Studies have long shown exposure to education and play in an outdoor environment improves focus and retention, reduces stress and anxiety, and instills an element of calm in young people. Kim Rossi, Director of Philanthropy & PR, Pathstone.

What I find incredibly inspiring is the passion of the people working at Pathstone and the way they splash their hearts all over, in the name of their students. We have seen first-hand the benefits of our past gifts and hope to continue to strengthen Pathstone’s ability to make a difference in people’s lives with this one. Watching people doing good moves me, and we at Mountainview want to do our part to make the walk easier for anyone who is struggling in any form. We are thankful to Pathstone for allowing us the opportunity to join their efforts in a significant way.
Mark Basciano, President of Mountainview Building Group.

Mountainview and Pathstone align in their core values, to strive for excellence in all that they do, lead by example, and demonstrate deep commitment to community. With Mark’s commitment to Pathstone, we are honoured to name our school after his company.

The Mountainview Centre for Innovative Learning will continue to serve as our primary school, and support other Pathstone programs. Our mission is to continue to move our organization forward through thoughtful, innovative thinking.

Mark truly understands the ‘big picture’ of investing in our children’s mental health. He is ultimately building a stronger and healthier community for generations to come and we are so fortunate to have Mark in our corner.
Shaun Baylis, CEO, Pathstone Mental Health.      

The entire team at Mountainview have been long-time supporters of Pathstone through sponsorships, lead gifts, and volunteer efforts. Mark’s first major project with Pathstone was the Mountainview Playground & Garden, a 10,000 square foot outdoor space, located at the Branscombe Centre in St. Catharines. Mark has also supported and mentored the philanthropic efforts of three local high school students who make up The Mane Event Team. This young group has raised over $40,000 for Pathstone over the past three years.

About Pathstone Mental Health

Pathstone Mental Health is a community-based organization whose mission it is to provide innovative and effective treatment for all children in Niagara who struggle with mental health issues. Thanks to support from our donors and volunteers, we are able to meet the needs of more kids and families in Niagara. Note, our Crisis & Support Line is open 24/7 at 1-800-263-4944.

About Mountainview Building Group

Calling the Niagara Region home, Mountainview Building Group has been constructing award winning communities and projects that meet the highest standards for more than 40 years. We aim to continuously improve the building industry, create sustainable and affordable options for future buyers, and to simply build excellence. Decade after decade, Mountainview continues to be honoured with awards for its work by the Ontario Home Builders’ Association, Niagara Home Builders’ Association, Avid Ratings, The National Association of Home Builders and Tarion to name a few. Our charitable commitments to Hotel Dieu Shaver, Niagara College, Community Care St. Catharines/Thorold, McMaster SickKids, Pathstone Foundation and others align with our mission to support the communities we so greatly value.

For more information and assistance in arranging interviews, please contact:

Kim Rossi, Director of Philanthropy and Public Relations – Pathstone Foundation / Mental Health
KRossi@Pathstone.ca or c. 289-969-8342.

 

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Evidence of pandemic shown in growing number of clients seen at Pathstone

Niagara’s children’s Mental Health agency sees 35 percent increase in cases.

St. Catharines, ON (June 1, 2021) – Long after the population is vaccinated, the mental health effects of the pandemic will still be felt. Evidence is presented in the growing number of clients Pathstone Mental Health has seen and continues to see.

Over the past 12 months (April 1st 2020-March 31st 2021), 9,449 children and youth received early intervention, prevention, and acute mental health support at Pathstone, which is a 35% increase last years number of 7,012.

Director of Strategic Initiatives, Standards, and Practises, Bill Helmeczi took a more in depth look at the numbers, and identified programs that experienced substantial pressure. Some of our therapy programs for individuals as well as families saw increases of over 200 per cent, which is 250 times more clients than we are funded to serve.

The lockdowns created challenges for individuals to receive support from both social and health agencies. Although Pathstone returned to in-person services in April 2020, the limits to in-person service created an overwhelming demand for our crisis and support department. That program supported over 1200 clients, which was nearly 65% more than the year prior.

We recognize that mental health support is essential and proves to be the case even more so in a pandemic; waiting for service becomes far more challenging. Nearly a quarter of the clients we helped over the past 12 months came to us through our Immediate Services Program. Under this umbrella is our in-person or video walk-in clinic program, and the 24/7, Crisis & Support line. This team worked with over 2,000 children and youth who were in need of immediate mental health care and support.

We know from numerous studies, during the pandemic, that people have reported, feeling alone or always lonely, feeling depressed or anxious, needing supports to manage their children, while alcoholism and depression were compounded and created mental health challenges for children and families. Any of these conditions do not support the optimal development of children’s cognitive, social, emotional or physical health. More specifically, we know from recent studies that 62 per cent of youth in Ontario report concerns with anxiety and only 32 per cent have spoken to a mental health professional about it. In Ontario, one-third of children have missed school due to their anxiety. In Niagara, that would be approximately 28,000 children. Further, 17 per cent of children under the age of five have met the criteria for mental health issues. It is important to note that 70 per cent of individuals have identified adolescence as the time when their mental health issues were first realized. All of this can affect the developing brain causing both immediate and potentially long term health consequences if not treated and supported properly.

To that end, one of the largest segments of growth Pathstone experienced were of kids aged 6-10. They accounted for 43 per cent of our clients compared to the year previous (pre-pandemic) which was slightly less than 25 per cent. Such an increase is likely due to the significant impact felt from leaving a structured school environment to a more relaxed home learning environment. This group is not typically able to use social media to the extent of older children, which further separated them from their peers. Social interaction for all children is critical. In this age group, children are transitioning from having only parents or siblings as their social group to now meeting other children of each sex, working in groups, partnering on homework projects and experiencing sleepovers. A big challenge for young people through the pandemic has been a result of changes to their school structure, the addition of online learning, and lack or elimination of social connection. This has caused an increase in cases of anxiety, particularly those in the primary grades. Experts suggest that it may take many years to crush the mental health curve.

Over the past few months, Pathstone Foundation addressed the need to support young children with Anxiety through the Worry Monster Campaign. The plush toys, that “eat worries” is a support tool kids are now using to better communicate their concerns to their Pathstone counsellors.

My young clients and their caring adults have been very appreciative of the worry monsters. It has been a great tool for helping children to contain big worries so that they can let them go and get back to the important work of being kids.
Sheri Eggleton, Pathstone Mental Health Therapist.

With a 35 per cent increase in overall cases over the past year, the effects have been particularly felt on our Brief Services program, which is now sitting with a wait list. Defined as six sessions or less of mental health support, this program did not have a wait pre-pandemic. As the primary care provider of children’s mental health care in the region, it is our responsibility to ensure families continue to get the service and support they need now, and in the future. With the increase in demand, we have long exhausted Ministry of Health funding, as such, we are now turning to the community to help us remedy the wait list issue. Support is needed to bulk up the Brief Services team and eat away at the wait list. In our estimation, it will take upwards of 18 months to solve.
Shaun Baylis, CEO, Pathstone Mental Health.

About Pathstone Mental Health

Pathstone Mental Health is a lead agency and community-based organization whose mission it is to provide innovative and effective treatment for all children in Niagara diagnosed with mental health issues. Thanks to support from our donors and volunteers, we are able to address and meet the needs of children and their families as the primary accredited provider of mental health services for children in Niagara.

Our Crisis and Support Line operates 24/7 by calling 1-800-263-4944.

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Local Kids burst the thermometer to help Niagara’s Kids Feel Better

Third Annual Fill the Pig, Feel Better Campaign surpasses goal in support of Mental Health

With a virtual effort in front of them, 15 local Youth Champions, powered by a Meridian Credit Union match raised over $31K for Pathstone.

With one month to hit a $30K goal, Pathstone’s Youth Champions knew what their marching orders were and hit social media with their message. They talked about the importance of good mental health, shared stories of their own struggles and encouraged the Niagara community to support the cause. Branch leads, at each Meridian Credit Union location across Niagara, were supporting these young volunteers too.

In past years, this campaign would kick off and wrap at a Niagara Ice Dog game with thousands of people watching and participating. With this year’s virtual effort, we relied on our exceptional partners at Meridian, and our Youth Champions to lead the way, tapping into their own network of people to elevate support for this campaign. One thing is certain; everyone’s mental health has been challenged at some point over the last year.

Our Youth Champions helped us expand our reach even further with their personal campaigns in support of children’s mental health. Kids helping other kids, no matter the cause is really, what this effort is all about. To be able to teach young people about philanthropy and the power of giving back, not to mention how good it feels should really be a community campaign in itself.
Kim Rossi, Director of Philanthropy & PR at Pathstone.

One of the most impactful stories of the campaign came just a few weeks ago. One of our younger Youth Champions, Aberdeen Smith was handing in the $2, 157 she had raised, at the Meridian on Kalar Road in Niagara Falls. A man, doing his banking asked her, “What is the money for?” When she told him, she was fundraising for Pathstone; he said to her, “We need more kids like you.” He then said to the teller, “I will match the amount she has raised, and take it out of my account.” And with that, Aberdeen had raised $4,288.

All funds raised through this campaign will support Pathstone’s Immediate Services Program, which means NO WAIT to get mental health support. Under the Immediate Services umbrella are our 8 in-person walk-in clinics, our video counselling program and our 24/7 Crisis & Support line which can be reached at 1-800-263-4944.

Meridian recognizes the importance mental health has played, especially through the pandemic. Today’s campaign wrap up means that Meridian has helped raise over $130,000 for Pathstone over the past three years. As a Meridian employee, and proud mom of one of this year’s Youth Champions, I know that together we are making a difference in our community.
Katarina Chataway, Grimbsy Branch Manager- Meridian

Aberdeen Smith, Age 8 – Fill the Pig, Feel Better, Youth Champion
Her Personal TOTAL, $4,288!


About Pathstone Mental Health

Pathstone Mental Health is a community-based organization whose mission it is to provide innovative and effective treatment for all children in Niagara diagnosed with mental health issues. Thanks to support from our donors and volunteers, we are able to address and meet the needs of children and their families as the primary accredited provider of mental health services for children in Niagara. Crisis Services are offered 24/7 by calling 1-800-263-4944.

About Meridian:

With more than 75 years of banking history, Meridian is Ontario’s largest credit union and the second largest in Canada, helping to grow the lives of 370,000 Members and customers. Meridian has $26.6 billion in assets under management (as at September 30, 2020) and delivers a full range of financial services online, by phone, by mobile and through a network of 89 branches across Ontario, and business banking services in 15 locations. Meridian Members also have access to THE EXCHANGE® Network, with more than 3,600 no-fee ABMs across Canada and 500,000 ABMs in the United States. For more information, please visit: meridiancu.ca, follow us on Twitter @MeridianCU or see our Facebook site.

Media Contact – Questions / Interviews;

Kim Rossi – Director of Philanthropy & Public Relations -Pathstone Mental Health/ Pathstone Foundation

Direct. 289.969.8342 Email. krossi@pathstone.ca

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Mental Health Walk-In Clinics Re-opening across Niagara

Appointments are needed and can be made, starting today

Starting Monday, Pathstone’s off-site mental health walk-in clinics will re-open for in-person counselling sessions.

With the recent provincial order, moving Niagara into RED zone, we are able to re-open all eight in-person clinics this week, which are located across the Region.

Through the pandemic, we continue to adjust services with the physical and mental well-being of our community being our top priority.
Kim Rossi, Director of Philanthropy & PR at Pathstone

Effective Monday, March 8, Pathstone Mental Health offers FREE, immediate, mental health support without a referral or health card needed.

*for children and youth from birth to age 18

You can visit Pathstone in ANY of three ways.

#1 Crisis & Support Line at 1-800-263-4944 this connects you to a Pathstone counsellor, 24/7, 365 days a year.

#2 Walk-In Clinic, accessed through VIDEO session, Monday-Friday.

#3 Walk-In Clinic, IN-PERSON session, in the following cities/towns:

  • EVERY Monday:  Thorold & Welland
  • EVERY Tuesday: Fort Erie
  • EVERY Wednesday: Port Colborne & Grimsby
  • EVERY Thursday: Niagara Falls & Beamsville
  • Monday – Friday: St. Catharines

*An appointment is required for in-person or video Walk-In clinic services and can be made by calling 1-800-263-4944 (same day or advance appointments are available for our off site locations)

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Pathstone Marks Pink Shirt Day 2021

Looking at bullying through the lens of a 9 year old.

Today, Wednesday, February 24, 2021 is Pink Shirt Day. It’s a day to combat bullying and raise awareness that bullying happens every day, everywhere.

What can you do if you witness bullying?

Say something.

Studies show that when someone intervenes, 50% of bullying ends within 10 seconds.

Today we are sharing the story of a Pathstone client who was bullied at every turn. After doing the work, and being supported by his therapist, Ash is thriving.

The Story

If you spend time with Ash, you will see he’s a sweet kind boy with a big heart full of love. You will learn, he’s obsessed with Pokemon, the TV show, The Mandalorian, and books. His favourite author is Rodman Philbrick.

Ash is all about the details. He will tell you about every Pokemon character and what makes each one so special. He’ll likely tell you a joke, because he loves to make others laugh.

Once he feels comfortable, Ash will tell you that he was the victim of endless bullying at school. He envisioned how his day would turn out before getting out of bed each morning.

When Covid-19 hit and schools were closed, this grade 4 student’s daily battle finally ended. No school meant the kid who was bullying him could no longer reach him. He couldn’t be stared down, pushed around, or threatened. Ash felt safe at home.

However, this didn’t solve everything.

Ash was at Pathstone, being supported by therapist Kathy Molloy, who talked about their sessions together.

“We worked on coping with his feelings of sadness, worry, confusion and anger. Fear was keeping him awake at night. Ash described it as being like a DVD that was always playing in his head. He’s since learned how to talk about his feelings, how to make the worries smaller and to focus on all of the good things about him, and his life. Most importantly, he learned how to trust again.

The Outcome

Today, Ash is at a new school, and is thriving socially, emotionally and academically. He still sees Kathy at Pathstone and is excited to tell her about the new friends he’s made

In his words, Ash says, “Pathstone has helped me deal with my issues, and I feel like I’ve been heard, and people want to help. I trust Kathy, and I know I can tell her anything.”

Today is PINK SHIRT DAY. A day to recognize that bullying still happens, and not only at school.

YOU can support Ash, and other kids just like him through found at www.pathstonefoundation.ca/donate Select PINK SHIRT DAY from the donation drop down menu.

Our job at Pathstone is to support kids and families across Niagara who need to lean on us for mental health support. Kids, just like Ash.

Media Questions / Interviews: Contact

Kim Rossi, Director of Philanthropy & PR – Pathstone Foundation
e. Krossi@Pathstone.ca  o. 905-688-6850 x 167

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In-person mental health support re-opens at Pathstone

Beginning today, Pathstone Mental Health has re-opened in-person walk in clinic service at the Branscombe Centre.

With the recent provincial order, lifting Niagara from the State of Emergency status and into GREY we are able to resume in-person mental health counselling for kids and families Monday through Friday at our St. Catharines building.
Kim Rossi, Director of Philanthropy & PR at Pathstone

Through the pandemic, we have made many adjustments to service, but have been able to keep a consistent connection to our community through some avenue of mental health support. Our Crisis & Support Team which operate our 24/7 hotline have been and continue to be our rock stars through the pandemic. We look forward to re-opening our off-site walk-in clinic locations once Niagara is moved into the RED zone.

Effective today, February 22, immediate, free, mental health support is in place at Pathstone Mental Health and accessible in 3 ways.*for children and youth from birth to age 18

#1 Crisis & Support Line at 1-800-263-4944 This connects you to a Pathstone counsellor, 24/7, 365 days a year.

#2 Walk-In Clinic, accessed through VIDEO, Monday-Friday.

#3 Walk-In Clinic, IN-PERSON, Monday-Friday, St. Catharines – The Branscombe Centre. *An appointment is required for in-person or video Walk-In clinic services and can be made by calling 1-800-263-4944 (same day or advance appointments are available)

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Youth Ambassadors Champion a Virtual “Fill the Pig, Feel Better” Campaign for Mental Health

Nothing has been spared from the pandemic treatment or so it seems. This February, and for a third straight year, marks the start of the month-long “Fill the Pig, Feel Better” campaign.

This time around, over a dozen children and youth from across Niagara have volunteered to become Youth Champions for the campaign which is powered by Meridian, Ontario’s largest credit union and second largest in Canada, in support of Pathstone Foundation.

In past years, we relied on “passing the pig (piggy bank)” to collect donations. This year, we are asking Niagara  to contribute online, and help grow our goal thermometer. Our Youth Champions will also be encouraging support through their own social media accounts. They received campaign kits to help them make videos, create content and go LIVE about why they wanted to support the campaign, the importance of mental health, and where donations will go.

Our front-line services have been crushed with demand through the pandemic, which is now entering an eleventh month. All donations will be directed to our front-line programs that include:

Our Crisis & Support Line which operates 24/7 as well as our in-person walk-in clinic and our video counselling walk-in clinic which offers services Monday through Friday. Not only is this campaign a great example of how kids are stepping up for other kids, they are doing so at a time that is so fragile to everyone’s mental health. Kim Rossi- Director of Philanthropy & PR –Pathstone Foundation

Youth Ambassadors who decided to join us for this campaign are quite familiar with it.

Aberdeen started knocking on doors asking for donations for Pathstone when she was just 6 years old. Sevin, Duncan and Aidia who make up The Mane Event Team have raised over $40,000 for Pathstone and will be representatives for the Meridian branch in Grimsby. Addison who at age 9, launched her own company with proceeds supporting Pathstone, will be one of the faces of the Stevensville & Fort Erie branches.

Over the past two years, this campaign has raised over $100K for Pathstone. The need now, is greater than it has ever been. We are especially delighted to launch the Youth Champion program this year. It involves kids who can speak first-hand to their peers, and our community, about the lasting and positive impact Pathstone makes. As a Meridian employee, and proud mom of one of this year’s Youth Champions, I know that together we make a difference in the lives of people in our communities. Katarina Chataway, Grimbsy Branch Manager- Meridian

This year’s Fill the Pig, Feel Better campaign runs from February 1- 28th. To read more about it, our Youth Champions, and to make a donation, visit www.pathstonementalhealth.ca/fillthepig

About Pathstone Mental Health

Pathstone Mental Health is a community-based organization whose mission it is to provide innovative and effective treatment for all children in Niagara diagnosed with mental health issues. Thanks to support from our donors and volunteers, we are able to address and meet the needs of children and their families as the primary accredited provider of mental health services for children in Niagara. Crisis Services are offered 24/7 by calling 1-800-263-4944.

About Meridian:

With more than 75 years of banking history, Meridian is Ontario’s largest credit union and the second largest in Canada, helping to grow the lives of 370,000 Members and customers. Meridian has $26.6 billion in assets under management (as at September 30, 2020) and delivers a full range of financial services online, by phone, by mobile and through a network of 89 branches across Ontario, and business banking services in 15 locations. Meridian Members also have access to THE EXCHANGE® Network, with more than 3,600 no-fee ABMs across Canada and 500,000 ABMs in the United States. For more information, please visit: meridiancu.ca, follow us on Twitter @MeridianCU or see our Facebook site.

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Counselling Kids Through the State of Emergency.

With the Province’s imposed State of Emergency in effect until at least mid-February, Pathstone Mental health is leaning on technology to keep Niagara’s kids connected to mental health support.

January to March is typically a time when kids and families need our support the most. This year, with the pandemic now 11 months old, we anticipate an even greater need. Tara Kelly, Clinical Manager – Pathstone Mental Health.

Thanks to the support of community and corporate donors, we were able to ramp up our video counselling platform, offering immediate face-to-face-connection when in-person visits are interrupted due to pandemic restrictions, inclement weather, or even lack of access to transportation. RBC was one of those donors, committing to a three- year gift totalling $90K, specifically supporting walk-in clinic services offered virtually or in-person.
Kim Rossi, Director of Philanthropy & PR at Pathstone

The COVID-19 pandemic has accelerated access to virtual and digital services across all areas of our lives, including how Canadians access healthcare. When we learned that Pathstone was taking steps to reimagine access to online therapy for youth, we knew we had to help. We’re proud to have a longstanding relationship with Pathstone and support their mission of helping young people and their families get access to the right mental health care when they need it most.
Steve Nixon, Regional Vice President – RBC

Through the State of Emergency, immediate access to mental health care is being offered at Pathstone in two main ways for children, youth and their families. *From birth to age 18 #1

Our Crisis & Support Line at 1-800-263-4944

This connects you to a Pathstone counsellor, 24/7, 365 days a year. #2 Our Walk-In Clinic, accessed through VIDEO ONLY, Monday-Friday. An appointment is required and can be made by calling 1-800-263-4944 (same day or advance appointments are available)

For existing clients, contact your Pathstone therapist/counsellor directly or, call our Main line, during regular business hours at 905-688-6850.

In an effort to measure the impact our front line services provide, we in partnership with RBC have created a survey that lives on the walk-in clinic landing page at pathstonementalhealth.ca.This survey allows kids and families using our front line services to feedback to us on how they felt after their session. Those who complete the survey also have the option to enter to win a $100 Visa Gift card. Kim Rossi, Director of Philanthropy & PR – Pathstone Foundation

Whether it is a video counselling session or call, there is no cost, referral or health card needed to connect one-on-one with a Pathstone therapist or counsellor.
Our goal always, is to be at the ready, to support Niagara’s kids and families.

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Mental Health support at Pathstone through Ontario’s State of Emergency

St. Catharines, ON (January 21, 2021) – As Niagara moves into a province imposed State of Emergency in mere hours, life in 2021 will be further complicated for kids and families in Niagara.

Typically, January to March is a time of year when kids and families lean on Pathstone the most for mental health support. This year, we expect to see an even greater increase in need with all students now learning online and the added stress on families with additional restrictions being imposed. Kim Rossi,
Direct or of Philanthropy & PR at Pathstone

Through Ontario’s State of Emergency, the following Mental Health support for children, youth, and their families will be in place at Pathstone Mental Health. *From birth to age 18 #1 Our Crisis & Support Line at 1-800-263-4944 This connects you to a Pathstone counsellor, 24/7, 365 days a year. #2 Our Walk-In Clinic, accessed through VIDEO ONLY, Monday-Friday. An appointment is required and can be made by calling 1-800-263-4944 (same day or advance appointments are available) For existing clients, contact your Pathstone therapist/counsellor directly or, call our Main line, during regular business hours at 905-688-6850. For additional resources, click HERE to access Pathstone’s Covid-19 Mental Health Tool Kit.

Families appreciate the virtual and phone option for a number of reasons. It offers immediate mental health supports with very flexible times and services are extremely confidential as you can receive them without even leaving your home. This move to virtual and phone allows families to stay safe at home through the pandemic. Teens can make their own appointment without needing a ride and parents can get help without needing childcare. Tara Kelly, Clinical Manager Pathstone Mental Health

My team shared a few instances of how kids and families used our phone and video counselling platform.
1) A teen client wanted to book on her own online session and did so on her lunch break from school, as this is what worked best for her.
2) A mother had two young children at home and wanted a counsellor to meet with her oldest, virtual was a convenient options.
3) A teen has been struggling to leave their bedroom (This has escalated since the Covid-19 Pandemic) but was open to talking on the phone for daily suggestions / strategies / support and then open to a virtual appointment for further support.

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Measures in place to support Mental Health through Holidays and Grey-lock down

From 24/7 Crisis & Support line, to in-person and video counselling for Niagara’s kids.

St. Catharines, ON- With the recent Grey-lock down issued across the province, Pathstone Mental Health has implemented measures to ensure Niagara’s children and families receive seamless support when they need it.

While Pathstone Mental Health will close in-person and video counselling walk-in clinic’s from Dec 24- Jan 3, their 24/7 Crisis and Support line will fill the need during that time.

We know how trying it has been for many through the pandemic. As we move into the holidays and another lock-down, we felt it crucial to have our front line staff ready to support the mental health pressures being felt in our community. As a result, our Crisis & Support team will be working through the holiday break to ensure those aged 18 and under who need mental health support can connect with us over the phone, in an instant, by calling 1-800-263-4944.

Shaun Baylis, CEO Pathstone Mental Health  

As an essential service, we will re-start our in-person walk-in clinics at four of our eight sites starting on January 4th.  Due to the fact some of our community clinics are in buildings affected by the province-wide lock down, we have had to pivot our plan slightly until the lock down is lifted.

Below are details as to how our services will be maintained.

By Phone ONLY

From December 24 – January 3 

  • Our Crisis & Support Line will operate as per usual, 24/7 at 1-800-263-4944

In-person Walk-In Clinics ( + Crisis & Support Line)

Starting January 4 until further notice,

  • In-person Walk-In Clinic Counselling, by appointment ONLY, will be offered as follows:

EVERY Monday through Friday / St. Catharines

EVERY Monday / Thorold

EVERY Wednesday / Grimsby

EVERY Thursday / Beamsville

*By Appointment ONLY, which can be made by calling 1-800-263-4944

By Video (+ Crisis & Support Line) 

Starting January 4 until further notice,

  • Video Counselling, by appointment ONLY, will be offered Monday – Friday.

*By Appointment ONLY, which can be made by calling 1-800-263-4944

To help with family mental wellness this holiday season, Pathstone Mental Health has provided the following tips that may help lessen the stress at home over the next few weeks.

  1. Keep the lines of communication with your children and youth open. Make time to check in with how they are feeling and doing over the holiday period. A little one-on-one time whether it is a walk, activity or a conversation can make a big difference in helping them cope.
  2. Make sure everyone is eating and sleeping, especially your younger children. Try not to vary too widely from meal times and sleeping routines. This may not be plausible all the time, but do your best. For teenagers, try to ensure they go to sleep and wake up at reasonable hours. While not a school day, sleeping until 2 pm and going to bed at 3 am isn’t recommended.
  3. Create and manage realistic expectations. You may again need to make some adjustments to your plan due to the Grey-Lock down in order to support your kids. Do what is best for your family.
  4. Be open to negotiate with your teens. Whether it’s an online debate about gaming, social, etc.
  5. Maintain healthy boundaries for yourself. It is ok to say no without guilt. Say yes when you want to, not out of obligation or to please others. Take care of your own physical, emotional and spiritual needs.
  6. Before and throughout the Holidays, know your local resources in case you or your youth need mental health support. Pathstone Mental Health – Crisis Services is available 24/7 by calling 1-800-263-4944.

Media Contact – for Questions / Interviews;

Kim Rossi – Director of Philanthropy & Public Relations
Pathstone Mental Health/ Pathstone Foundation
905.688.6850 x 167 c. 289.969.8342 e. krossi@pathstone.ca

About Pathstone Mental Health

Pathstone Mental Health is a community-based organization whose mission it is to provide innovative and effective treatment for all children in Niagara diagnosed with mental health issues. Thanks to support from our donors and volunteers, we are able to address and meet the needs of children and their families as the primary accredited provider of mental health services for children in Niagara. Crisis Services are offered 24/7 by calling 1-800-263-4944.

 

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