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Fowler Family Foundation marks World Mental Health Day with a multi-year gift to Pathstone’s Walk-In Clinic.

On this, World Mental Health Day, Pathstone Foundation is thrilled to announce an inspirational commitment of $140,000 over four years to the Walk-In Clinic services.

The Fowler Family Foundation has been privileged to be a supporter of Pathstone’s work over the past several years. Their move to extend hours and areas of where mental health Walk-In clinic services can be accessed speaks to the Pathstone Team’s commitment to the community. We are proud to support such a strong initiative to deliver care as quickly as possible to kids and families across Niagara who need it.
Dave Fowler, Fowler Family Foundation

Pathstone’s Hear & Now Walk-In Clinic is open five days per week at the Branscombe Mental Health Centre in St. Catharines and one day each week in Grimsby, Beamsville, Niagara Falls, Niagara-on-the-Lake, Port Colborne, Welland and Fort Erie. There is no appointment, cost or health card required to meet one-on-one with a Pathstone clinician.

We at Pathstone know that a major step to prevent suicide includes having immediate access to mental health care and the ability to identify and manage a mental health struggle at its onset. Our Walk-In clinics can accomplish that, but is a service that is completely reliant on donations. We are grateful to the Fowler Family Foundation board for their financial commitment and for recognizing that this model of care is a game changer in how we address the mental health concerns of children and youth in our community. Kim Rossi, Director of Philanthropy & PR –Pathstone Foundation

The goal of World Mental Health Day is to unite to improve the mental health of people around the world and in our own community. This year’s theme is suicide prevention.

Did you know?

  • Every 40 seconds, someone loses their life to suicide
  • Close to 800 000 people die by suicide every year and for each suicide, there are more than 20 suicide attempts.
  • In 2018, 66 suicides were reported in Niagara *Niagara Regional Police data
  • Among young people, aged 15-29, suicide is the second leading cause of death
  • Suicides and suicide attempts have a ripple effect that impacts on families, friends, colleagues, communities and societies.
  • Suicides are preventable. Much can be done to prevent suicide at individual, community and national levels.

How we can intercept/ prevent suicide;

  • Restricting access to means
  • Helping young people develop skills to cope with life’s pressures (Walk-In Clinic)
  • Early identification and management of people who are thinking about suicide or who have made a suicide attempt, keeping follow-up contact in the short and longer-term (Walk-In Clinic)
  • Educating the community about the help and resources that are available to them. (Walk-In Clinic)
  • Ensure mental health support is immediately accessible (Walk-In Clinic)

Today, on World Mental Health Day,
join Pathstone in taking action to prevent suicide.
On Twitter @PathstoneMH @WMHDay
 #WorldSuicidePreventionDay

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 only accredited provider of mental health services for children in Niagara. This year, we celebrate 50 years of helping kids in Niagara. Note, Crisis Services are offered 24/7 by calling 1-800-263-4944.

About Fowler Family Foundation

Established by the late Ken Fowler in 1987, the Foundation was established to provide support to many local groups including Pathstone, Start Me Up Niagara, Quest Community Health Care, R.E.A.C.H and Wellspring.

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Pathstone and Niagara Regional Native Centre form partnership to support the mental health needs of Indigenous youth.

This new partnership to be signed between two Niagara organizations is designed to build a children’s mental health system that will be more inclusive and supportive.

Pathstone Mental Health and The Niagara Regional Native Centre’s Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) will be signed this Saturday, October 5th at Montebello Park in St. Catharines during the NRNC’s Annual Community Pow Wow.

This collaboration was constructed to not only build on a more inclusive children’s mental health environment, but also to explore potential opportunities to support counselling services and programming, co-develop workshops for parents and professionals on youth mental health and well-being but also to engage in reciprocal trainings and lectures allowing staff from both organizations to be better informed and foster healthy relationships that are mutually beneficial.

As a Lead Agency for the province and the largest provider of children’s Mental Health services in Niagara we are enthusiastic about the work we can do together in supporting the mental health needs of children and youth being served by the Niagara Regional Native Centre. This partnership will also bring a greater knowledge of the cultural needs and practises of Indigenous people. We believe this MOU represents a tremendous foundation that will build capacity, improve services, and help children and youth across the region.
Shaun Baylis, CEO-Pathstone Mental Health

 This three year MOU will also involve the creation of a joint governance committee made up of an equal number of representatives from both organizations. Their job will be to provide insight, oversight and foresight, and to discuss and review joint programs, initiatives and opportunities.

We are pleased to be collaborating with Pathstone to provide culturally relevant and supportive mental health services to the Urban Indigenous community in Niagara. This formal understanding is an extension of the relationship the two agencies have shared for many years.  Indigenous traditional teachings speak of respect, friendship, interconnectedness and having a Good Mind.  Additionally, as professionals, we use a two lens concept with respect to Mental Health treatment of our people.  We understand the need for the Western way of treatment, but also recognize that our original teachings embody the concepts of trauma informed practices.  We will put our Good Minds together to service our next 7 Generations.
Dawn Moughtin, Interim Executive Director- Niagara Regional Native Centre

About Pathstone Mental Health
Pathstone is the primary and only Accredited Children’s Mental Health Agency in the Niagara Region. It is the designated Lead Agency for Children’s Mental Health services and programs in Niagara. Pathstone offers over fifteen specialized mental health services, which are evaluated annually.  Pathstone also provides formalized training and execution to graduate students who ae fulfilling their internship and practicum requirements.

About Niagara Regional Native Centre
Niagara Regional Native Centre is an Indigenous Social Service agency that addresses the needs of the Urban Indigenous Community in Niagara. Made up of 25 culturally relevant programs/services, NRNC strives to promote awareness of the various traditions and Cultures of Indigenous persons in Niagara, and foster healthy relationships with both Indigenous and non-Indigenous organizations/services.

 For more information or for assistance arranging interviews, please contact:

 Kim Rossi,
Director of Philanthropy and Public Relations,
Pathstone Foundation / Mental Health
krossi@pathstone.ca
289-969-8342

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A hand up from Ontario Trillium Foundation to Pathstone will improve childhood for Niagara families.

A 2018 OTF Grant of $68,400 Launches Appropriate Childhood Experiences (ACE) Program at Pathstone.

St. Catharines, ON – Thanks to a $68,400 Seed grant that was awarded by Ontario Trillium Foundation one year ago, a new program has been launched at Pathstone Mental Health. This pilot will examine parents/caregivers with children up to the age of three.

Those participating in the program have a history of Appropriate Childhood Experiences and their children may as well. Over the course of eight weeks, these 90-minute mostly group sessions will offer counselling, education and therapy to reinforce what childhood should be. This is an emerging mental health issue, as those who have been identified to have ACE are 12 times more likely to commit suicide. Research shows that more immediate therapy at an early age through this type of program could reduce or eliminate the need for mental health support later in life. Other benefits that have been shown include: a drop-in children accessing welfare, reduction in poor academic performance, improved social skills, a reduction in suicide and drug use and fewer cases where child and welfare services are involved.

“With this investment from the Ontario Trillium Foundation, Pathstone has the opportunity to improve the outcome of Niagara’s families and their children, as well as demonstrate the immense importance of this work. The hope is to make the ACE program a permanent one at Pathstone.” – Bill Helmeczi, Director of Strategic Initiatives, Standards, and Practices

About OTF
The Ontario Trillium Foundation (OTF) is an agency of the Government of Ontario and one of Canada’s leading granting foundations. OTF awarded more than $108 million to 629 projects this year to build healthy and vibrant Ontario communities. For more information, please visit: www.otf.ca

About Pathstone
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 only accredited provider of mental health services for children in Niagara. Crisis Services are offered 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 e. krossi@pathstone.ca

 

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Youth in Niagara-on-the-Lake gain access to free mental health services in their own backyard.

Thanks to a joint commitment and true community effort, mental health services are now being offered in Niagara-on-the-Lake through a Walk-In Clinic operated by Pathstone Mental Health.

This collaborative effort involved Lord Mayor Betty Disero, the Town of Niagara-on-the-Lake, the Lord Mayor’s Youth Advisory Council, Red Roof Retreat, Niagara Community Foundation and Pathstone.

Youth Mental Health support is incredibly important and we are thrilled to be working with our partners to bring this crucial service into Niagara-on-the-Lake. It’s important for all youth to know there is a safe place for them to come and discuss and receive support for any mental health issues they may be dealing with. With Council and the Lord Mayor’s Youth Advisory Council on board we are excited to get started and to be able offer this critical support to our citizens.
Lord Mayor of Niagara-on-the-Lake, Betty Disero

Having a welcoming environment where our NOTL youth can go to feel safe, and to find someone who is caring and listening to their needs and concerns, is a very positive step to reaching the youth in our community. I hope that every youth will see this as a place they can go to ask questions, learn strategies, and find answers.
Chair, Lord Mayor’s Youth Advisory Council, Bethany Poltl

The Walk-In Clinic will be open each Monday, from 11:30 am until 7:30 pm(last appointment taken at 6pm) at Red Roof Retreat on Concession 6, starting Monday, September 9th. Mental Health support is offered one-on-one by a Pathstone clinician at no cost, with no appointment or health card required.

With approximately 3,000 children and youth in Niagara-on-the-Lake it was important that they had mental health services locally. With this commitment, they become the eighth Hear & Now Walk-In Clinic across Niagara and all sites are open to anyone under the age of 18, living in Niagara.
Director of Philanthropy & PR at Pathstone, Kim Rossi,

The Town has already solidified a two year commitment to provide walk-in services in partnership with Niagara Community Foundation.

We are able to provide funding for this program through the Niagara-on-the-Lake Healthcare Foundation Fund which was created in 2018 for the purposes of supporting the delivery of healthcare services to the residents of Niagara-on-the-Lake. To be able to assemble such a collection of groups to come together to make this project come to fruition in NOTL, as it has in a number of other municipalities, speaks to the positive impact we can have when we work together.
Executive Director Niagara Community Foundation, Bryan Rose

In search of a space that was safe, private and accessible, Red Roof Retreat was the ideal location.

Our space and property have been helping so many families for the past 20 years, and we welcome the opportunity to share it with children and youth seeking mental health support. Together, we hope the walk-in clinic can give hope and positive growth to the young people who need it the most.  We are honored to be part of this initiative.
Executive Director at Red Roof Retreat, Steffanie Bjorgan

All eight locations of the Hear & Now Walk-In Clinic are open to all Niagara residents up to age 18.

Locations:

NEW Satellite Hear & Now Walk-In Clinic – Niagara-on-the-Lake
Day / Time:  EVERY Monday – 11:30 am – 7:30 pm (last appointment taken at 6pm)
Location:  Red Roof Retreat- 1594 Concession 6 Road
*Beginning September 9th

Satellite Hear & Now Walk-In Clinic – Welland
Day / Time:  EVERY Monday– 11:30 am – 7:30 pm (last appointment taken at 6pm)
Location: John Howard Building, 225 East Main Street

Satellite Hear & Now Walk-In Clinic – Fort Erie
Day / Time:  EVERY Tuesday– 11:30 am – 7:30 pm (last appointment taken at 6pm)
Location: Bridges Community Health Centre – 1485 Garrison Road

Satellite Hear & Now Walk-In Clinic – Port Colborne
Day / Time: EVERY Wednesday – 11:30 am – 7:30 pm (last appointment taken at 6pm)
Location: Bridges Community Health Centre – 380 Elm Street

Satellite Hear & Now Walk-In Clinic – Grimsby
Day / Time:  EVERY Wednesday– 11:30 am – 7:30 pm (last appointment taken at 6pm)
Location: Grimsby Public Library, 18 Carnegie Lane
*Beginning September 11th

Satellite Hear & Now Walk-In Clinic – Niagara Falls
Day / Time:  EVERY Thursday – 11:30 am – 7:30 pm (last appointment taken at 6pm)
Location:  The Niagara Falls Community Health Centre; 4790 Victoria Avenue

Satellite Hear & Now Walk-In Clinic – Beamsville
Day / Time:  EVERY Thursday – 11:30 am – 7:30 pm (last appointment taken at 6pm)
Location:  Fleming Centre, 5020 Serena Drive

Hear & Now Walk-In Clinic – St. Catharines – OPEN 5 days per week
Days / Times:  EVERY Monday- Thursday– 9am – 7pm (last appointment taken at 6pm)
EVERY Friday– 9am – 4pm (last appointment taken at 3pm)
Location: Branscombe Mental Health Centre, 1338 Fourth Avenue
*Please note, parking at BMHC is $2.50 for the first hour, $5 MAX.

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 only accredited provider of mental health services for children in Niagara. Helping kids in Niagara for over 50 years. Note, Crisis Services are offered 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

 

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Town of Grimsby and Pathstone, looking for space to house mental health Walk-In Clinic

Grimsby town council has approved the creation of a child and youth mental health walk-in clinic. The only issue standing in the way, is the need for a free, safe space to house it.

Earlier this week, council heard from Pathstone CEO Shaun Baylis and GBF ED, Stacy Elia about why this kind of outreach is important.

We acknowledged the need to get further into communities across our region and this is the most effective way to do it. Offering immediate mental health counselling which we know is essential, means kids are heard as soon as they seek support without delay. Town and city councils are walking with us shoulder to shoulder on this effort and as a result, we have been able to establish seven Hear & Now Walk-In Clinic sites across Niagara.
Shaun Baylis, CEO Pathstone Mental Health

The GBF team is proud to have been a part of bringing Pathstone’s walk-in-clinic to Grimsby. We appreciate the efforts of all involved as we continue to further expand mental health supports in Grimsby, and feel this is a brilliant way to remove barriers to treatment in our community.
Stacy Elia, Executive Director GBF Community Services

The Grimsby Benevolent Fund is very excited to have built a relationship with the Pathstone Mental Health group. The Town of Grimsby’s decision to bring a walk-in clinic to the youth of our community is an example of what can be done when passionate and motivated groups collaborate to reach a common goal. The walk-in clinic is another “box checked off” for the GBF as it continues to deploy its resources, and have a positive impact on the mental health of our community.
Tom Beach, Chair of GBF Mental Health

This partnership ensures that families don’t have to go far for immediate mental health support for their children. Once a space has been found, the Hear & Now Walk-In Clinic will be open one day per week in the town of Grimsby. There is no appointment, no cost and no health card needed to see a Pathstone clinician for mental health support.

On behalf of Council we are delighted to partner with Pathstone and GBF Community Services to bring this important support for mental health to Grimsby. The walk-in clinic will provide youth and families access to crucial resources in our community.
Jeff Jordan, Mayor of Grimsby

The ideal space will be donated one day per week. It needs to be private, easy to access, (public transportation or centrally located) safe and offers a public reception until 7:30 pm on the chosen walk-in clinic day. Ideally a community health centre is suitable, while the Town of Lincoln will house their walk-in clinic in a room off of the library at the Fleming Centre. We are open to having a conversation and site inspection with anyone looking to support this effort through the offer of a free space.
Kim Rossi, Director of Philanthropy & PR Pathstone Mental Health

Currently, Hear & Now Walk-In clinic sites are open in Fort Erie, Welland, Port Colborne, Niagara Falls, St. Catharines, Beamsville and soon, Grimsby. Available to children, youth and families living in the Niagara Region, a Pathstone clinician will meet with parents with children who are 6 and under and youth up to age 18 on a first come first serve basis.

*Those interested in offering a free space to house Grimsby’s Hear & Now Walk-In Clinic can connect with:
Kim Rossi p. 905.688.6850 x 167  c. 289.969.8342  e. krossi@pathstone.ca

Locations:

Coming Soon Grimsby
One day per week / 11:30 am – 7:30 pm / Location TBD

Satellite Hear & Now Walk-In Clinic – Welland
Day / Time: EVERY Monday- 11:30 am – 7:30 pm (last appointment taken at 6pm)
Location: John Howard Building, 225 East Main Street, Welland, ON

Satellite Hear & Now Walk-In Clinic – Fort Erie
Day / Time: EVERY Tuesday- 11:30 am – 7:30 pm (last appointment taken at 6pm)
Location: Bridges Community Health Centre – 1485 Garrison Road, Fort Erie, ON

Satellite Hear & Now Walk-In Clinic – Port Colborne
Day / Time: EVERY Wednesday – 11:30 am – 7:30 pm (last appointment taken at 6pm)
Location: Bridges Community Health Centre – 380 Elm Street, Port Colborne, ON

Satellite Hear & Now Walk-In Clinic – Niagara Falls
Day / Time: EVERY Thursday – 11:30 am – 7:30 pm (last appointment taken at 6pm)
Location: The Niagara Falls Community Health Centre; 4790 Victoria Ave, Niagara Falls, ON

Satellite Hear & Now Walk-In Clinic – Beamsville
Day / Time: EVERY Thursday – 11:30 am – 7:30 pm (last appointment taken at 6pm)
Location: Fleming Centre, 5020 Serena Dr., Beamsville, ON
*Beginning August 15th

Hear & Now Walk-In Clinic – St. Catharines – OPEN 5 days per week
Days / Times: EVERY Monday- Thursday- 9am – 7pm (last appointment taken at 6pm)
EVERY Friday- 9am – 4pm (last appointment taken at 3pm)
Location: Branscombe Mental Health Centre (BMHC), 1338 Fourth Avenue in St. Catharines, ON
*Please note, parking at BMHC is $2 for the first hour, $5 MAX.

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Niagara Falls welcomes Pathstone Mental Health Walk-In Clinic for Youth

The City of Niagara Falls is taking steps to ensure families don’t have to go far for mental health support. Niagara Falls City council approved and committed funding to opening a satellite one-day per week walk-in clinic called the Hear & Now Clinic, run by Pathstone Mental Health in the City of Niagara Falls.

Every Thursday, starting tomorrow, July 4th, from 11:30am until 6pm, Pathstone clinician Rebecca Bufalino will see children up to age 18 at the Niagara Falls Community Health Centre at 4790 Victoria Avenue. There is no appointment needed, no cost and a health card is not required.
In addition, one-on-one mental health counselling for children, youth and their parents and caregivers is available Monday through Friday at the Branscombe Mental Health Centre in St. Catharines.

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Supporting Pathstone’s Walk-In Clinic for youth in Niagara Falls is a way that we can make a real contribution toward safe, accessible mental wellness in our community. The bottom line is that we have a need here, and we are filling the gap by partnering with Pathstone so they can provide this important service to our young people.
Jim Diodati, Mayor of Niagara Falls

The goal is to create easier accessibility and give support to youth and their families who are in need of mental health services. It’s my hope that Pathstone’s additional Hear & Now Walk-In Clinic sites will be a great access point for youth and families who need our services but found it difficult to get to St. Catharines. I’m looking forward to offering guidance to kids and families and working on new strategies to best support their mental wellness.
Rebecca Bufalino, Pathstone clinician

We needed to get further into communities across the region and this was the best way to do it, while offering immediate mental health counselling which we know is essential for kids. Collaborative efforts between Pathstone and town and city councils, have resulted in the opening of four new Hear & Now Walk-In Clinics, located in Niagara Falls, Welland, Fort Erie and Port Colborne.
Shaun Baylis, CEO Pathstone Mental Health

Locations

NEW Satellite Hear & Now Walk-In Clinic – Niagara Falls
Day / Time: EVERY Thursday – 11:30 am – 7:30 pm (last appointment taken at 6pm)
Location: The Niagara Falls Community Health Centre; 4790 Victoria Ave, Niagara Falls, ON

Satellite Hear & Now Walk-In Clinic – Welland
Day / Time: EVERY Monday- 11:30 am – 7:30 pm (last appointment taken at 6pm)
Location: John Howard Building, 225 East Main Street, Welland, ON

Satellite Hear & Now Walk-In Clinic – Fort Erie
Day / Time: EVERY Tuesday- 11:30 am – 7:30 pm (last appointment taken at 6pm)
Location: Bridges Community Health Centre – 1485 Garrison Road, Fort Erie, ON

Satellite Hear & Now Walk-In Clinic – Port Colborne
Day / Time: EVERY Wednesday – 11:30 am – 7:30 pm (last appointment taken at 6pm)
Location: Bridges Community Health Centre – 380 Elm Street, Port Colborne, ON

Hear & Now Walk-In Clinic – St. Catharines
Days / Times: EVERY Monday- Thursday- 9am – 7pm (last appointment taken at 6pm)
EVERY Friday- 9am – 4pm (last appointment taken at 3pm)
Location: Branscombe Mental Health Centre (BMHC), 1338 Fourth Avenue in St. Catharines, ON
*Please note, parking at BMHC is $2 for the first hour, $5 MAX.

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Mountainview Natural Playground & Healing Garden, opens at Pathstone

This afternoon, over 150 members of the Niagara community gathered at the Branscombe Mental Health Centre and cut the entrance ribbon to the new Mountainview Natural Playground & Healing Garden.

This is the first Natural Playground & Healing Garden, built at a children’s mental health facility in Canada.

Calling it a brain sanctuary, Pathstone CEO Shaun Baylis spoke about the sensory experience the outdoor space will provide for Pathstone’s clients. “Kids will rediscover the harmony found in being part of nature and will experience natural mindfulness that comes from digging into the earth, touching water and smelling trees and flowers.

The idea for the space came about after seeing repeated research validating the health benefits that come with spending time in a natural setting, especially among children with mental health issues, which is the core of Pathstone’s services.  “This type of reconnecting play will increase energy, improve focus and boost serotonin and endorphin levels of our kids says Baylis.”

While the space will be used to improve the mental wellness of our clients from active therapy outside to being able to play before or after therapy, we are proud to have partnered with the Niagara Peninsula Conservation Authority to create monthly outdoor education sessions, to teach children more about our natural world.”
Kim Rossi – Director of Philanthropy & PR – Pathstone Foundation

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 only accredited provider of mental health services for children in Niagara. Crisis Services are offered 24/7 by calling 1-800-263-4944.

Media Contact – Questions / Interviews;
Kim Rossi – Director of Philanthropy & Public Relations -Pathstone Foundation
289.969.8342 e. krossi@pathstone.ca

Photo credit to Bill Augerman Photography

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KO for Kids raises $107,585 for Kids in Niagara

(Niagara Falls, ON) May 9th – Today, members of the KO for KIDS committee, are pleased to announce a grand total of $107,585 raised in support of Children’s Mental Health and Childhood Cancer.

On Friday, April 12th, amateur boxers from across the Niagara Region joined forces at the the 3rd annual KO for Kids event at the Scotiabank Convention Center (SCCN). ALL Proceeds from are being directed to Pathstone Mental Health and Box Run Charitable Foundation, both of which support children and families across Niagara.

This year, we were sold out a month before event night. Our team of boxers truly brought their “A-game” and heart to the table through their training and fundraising efforts. Many dove into a strict training regime, dropping pounds and inches and improving their overall athleticism.

With this week being Children’s Mental Health Awareness Week, we found it fitting to announce this total as well as stress the need for immediate mental health support in Niagara. We know that when a family is struggling with a cancer diagnosis, their mental health and wellness also become a major factor in their journey.
Kim Rossi, KO for KIDS Co-Founder & Director of Philanthropy & PR at Pathstone

Sanctioned by Boxing Ontario, KO for Kids 2019 featured 21 boxing matches, ranging in various weight classes, skill levels and divisions. Competitors met weekly to train in groups and one-on-one with Former Olympian and Professional Boxers Mike Strange and Billy Irwin in preparation for their fights.

This was the first true sell-out year. We added as many tables that the space could allow in order to ensure we didn’t have any disappointed fans. The team at Scotiabank Convention Centre have been hosting this event each year and have committed to KO for KIDS 2020, a date will be announced in the coming months.

“We couldn’t be more excited to support such a great event for these amazing charities,” said Noel Buckley, President of SCCN. “We take no short cuts in how we prep and execute events and as a result, we were thrilled to provide a 5 star experience to those in attendance.”

For more information about KO for KIDS and the causes it supports visit:

Announcement of KO for KIDS 2020 coming soon!

About KO for Kids

KO for Kids is an annual boxing charitable event that takes place “in the round” at the Scotiabank Convention Centre in Niagara Falls, Canada in support of Pathstone Mental Health, Ronald McDonald House and Stem Cell Research.

Sanctioned by Boxing Ontario, KO for Kids features a stacked card of amateur boxing matches, ranging in various weight classes, skill levels and divisions. Competitors participate in a rigorous training schedule with Former Olympian and Professional Boxers Mike Strange and Billy Irwin in preparation for their fights.

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 only accredited provider of mental health services for children in Niagara. Crisis Services are offered 24/7 by calling 1-800-263-4944.

About BoxRun Charitable Foundation

On May 8th, 2014, BoxRun started fundraising activities. Our founder, 3-time Olympian and Commonwealth Champion boxer Mike Strange ran a marathon a day for 94 days from St. John’s, Newfoundland, to his hometown of Niagara Falls, Ontario. Since then, BoxRun has raised hundreds of thousands of dollars for cancer research and family support services.

BoxRun Charitable Foundation is a 100% volunteer charity focused on raising funds through athletic activity events. We place donations made by you directly with Childhood Cancer researchers and Childhood Cancer family support services.

Media Contact:

Chris Dabrowski
High Impact PR
Phone: (289) 241-4164 e. chris@highimpactpr.ca

Or

Kim Rossi
Pathstone Foundation – Director of Philanthropy & PR
289.969.8342 e. krossi@pathstone.ca

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Niagara College Many Hands Project raises more than $40,000 for Pathstone Mental Health

Funds raised will support play therapy for children who have experienced trauma

(Above Photo: Students and emcees (from left)  Olivia Johnson and Holly Calvert,  coordinator of NC’s Event Management program Christine Blaine, and director of philanthropy at Pathstone Mental Health Kim Rossi.)

Students and faculty from Niagara College’s Event Management program celebrated the successful completion of their 2019 Many Hands Project with a donation for mental health services in Niagara.

As a result of this year’s Many Hands Project, $40,800 was donated to Pathstone Mental Health – a community-based organization that provides innovative and effective treatment for all children in Niagara diagnosed with mental health issues. The funds were announced at a Many Hands Project reveal ceremony held at Branscombe Mental Health Centre in St. Catharines on April 15. The donation included $35,858 raised by NC student fundraisers and $5,000 from Canadian Tire Bank, a sponsor and long-time supporter of NC’s Many Hands Project.

“Mental health services are integral to the Niagara community and we are proud to support Pathstone through this year’s Many Hands Project,” said Damian Goulbourne, associate dean of NC’s School of Hospitality, Tourism and Sport. “The Many Hands Project gives our Event Management students the opportunity to make significant contributions to the community while applying their skills and knowledge to the real-world event industry. I applaud what our students were able to achieve through their efforts and creativity in hosting a series of unique and engaging events.”

Kim Rossi, director of philanthropy and public relations at Pathstone Foundation, noted that the funds will be used to support play therapy – a type of psychotherapy which involves using toys as words and play as the primary mode of communication. Used with children who have experienced trauma, play therapy allows children to express their inner worlds and work through problems, in the presence of a caring adult who has been trained to understand metaphors, play patterns, and how to interact with the child in a way that creates safety and change.

“We are so grateful for the gift the NC students have given us this year. Non-profit organizations need events like those organized through the Many Hands Project to be able to hit their fundraising goals,” said Rossi. “We thought the events the students organized were really well put together from start to finish. We were impressed by the way the NC events team supported one another, paid extra attention to guests as they arrived and provided a five-star experience to attendees.”

Through their involvement in the Many Hands Project, students not only had the opportunity to contribute to the community but gained valuable real-world experience in their chosen industry. They raised funds and awareness for Pathstone by organizing and hosting a series of events including a Designer Handbag Bingo (March 29), Rise and Shine Yoga (March 24), Turntable Trivia (March 29) and Taps Apps and Laughs comedy show (April 4). With no budget, students built all aspects of their campaign, from venue selection, sponsorship and fundraising, to social media, marketing and execution.

Student Olivia Johnson noted that she values the extensive training she is gaining in the program. “It allows you the opportunity to have hands-on learning throughout the entire year as we plan and execute each of the events for the Many Hands Project,” she said. “You are given real-world experience throughout the process of planning the event.”

“The opportunity to apply what we are learning in the classrooms directly to the fundraising events through the Many Hands Project is very unique,” said student Leah Letford, who was honoured with a Student Leadership Award from  Festivals and Event Ontario earlier this year.

Each year, the College’s Many Hands Project supports a different Niagara-based non-profit organization with fundraising, marketing and increasing public awareness. NC has been committed to the Many Hands Project since its launch in 1998, and has made a lasting impact on the Niagara region over the past two decades,  thanks to the creative efforts of students and faculty, and community support for local non-profits. Visit niagaracollege.ca/manyhands.

Sponsors of the 2019 Many Hands Project include Canadian Tire Bank, The Tribune, The Standard, Niagara Falls Review, YourTV Niagara, Sullivan Mahoney LLP Lawyers, and Boston Pizza.

 

Event Management is a one-year graduate certificate program at Niagara College that prepares graduates for a career in a fast-paced and multi-faceted industry. Students develop skills in planning and logistics, public relations, marketing and sponsorship strategies, and volunteer and risk management in a highly experiential learning environment. 

Niagara College offers more than 130 diploma, bachelor degree and advanced level programs; as well as more than 600 credit, vocational and general interest Part-Time Studies courses. Areas of specialization include food and wine sciences, advanced technology, media, applied health and community safety, supported by unique learning enterprises in food, wine, beer, horticulture and esthetics. For more information visit niagaracollege.ca.

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Pathstone and Brock working to provide improved understanding of childhood mental health issues

A new partnership between two Niagara organizations will mean a direct connection between the people conducting leading-edge research on child mental health and the caregivers who work with families dealing with related issues.

Pathstone Mental Health and Brock University signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) on Friday, March 22 that solidifies a collaboration that will positively impact children suffering with mental health in Niagara and beyond.

“This partnership with Brock University will have a far-reaching impact and it will provide mutual benefits to the well-being of the Niagara community,” said Shaun Baylis, CEO, Pathstone Mental Health. “It creates the opportunity for co-developed research to advance brain health knowledge, and to crystalize our existing supportive and collaborative relationship.”

Friday’s announcement took place at Pathstone’s Branscombe Mental Health Centre in St. Catharines, where Brock faculty members and students have been provided with office and lab space, giving them direct access to children and families interested in participating in groundbreaking research.

“These collaborations with partner organizations are critically important to the health and well-being of our Niagara community,” said Brock President Gervan Fearon. “This collaboration will provide our students with invaluable hands-on experience as they work alongside Pathstone’s team of support workers and clinicians.”

Together with their undergraduate and graduate student research teams, Brock professors have started, or are about to begin a number of important research initiatives:

• Associate Professor of Psychology and Director of Neuroscience Dawn Good and PhD candidate Caitlin Gallant are researching the neuropsychological and socioemotional factors that predict the severity and complexity of mental health challenges in children and youth.
• Professor of Psychology Sid Segalowitz and Associate Professor of Child and Youth Studies Ayda Tekok-Kilic, along with a number of students, are using an electroencephalogram (EEG) installed at Pathstone to study anxiety disorders and ADHD. By examining brain activity, researchers are able to evaluate in what way interventions are effective when appearing to use standard psychological measures.
• Professor of Recreation and Leisure Studies Colleen Hood and PhD student Lauren Cripps are examining the impact of therapeutic recreation intervention designed to support the development of positive identity for youth with mental health challenges.
• Associate Professor of Psychology Angela Book and PhD student Nathalie Gauthier are examining factors around anti-social behaviour and specifically looking at how parenting style may mitigate the effect of childhood adversity on these behaviours.
• Associate Professor of Child and Youth Studies Tricia Vause is launching a project evaluating the benefits of blending behaviour therapy with recreational dance to equip children with coping strategies while giving them the added benefit of improved motor skills, self-esteem and helping them form new friendships.
• A collaboration between Professor of Linguistics Gary Libben, Professors Tekok-Kilic, Segalowitz, and their students and postdocs will develop an EEG tool for assessing reactivity to common words with negative/positive versus neutral connotations (such as ‘destroy’ vs ‘build’ vs ‘change’) to assess vocabulary and emotional reactivity in children and youth with psychological challenges.

In addition, Brock’s Faculty of Education is working with Pathstone to develop a training program aimed at helping teachers deal with complex mental health issues in the classroom.

Segalowitz, Director of Brock’s Centre for Lifespan Development Research, which has worked with Pathstone for a number of years, said the MOU also offers Brock students across various faculties unique opportunities for experiential education.

“Students are often very interested in clinical issues, but to get involved in clinical research is sometimes difficult and certainly you need a special kind of partnership,” he said. “With this partnership, we’ll be able to boost their career development in this direction in ways we haven’t been able to in the past.”

Bill Helmeczi, Pathstone Director of Strategic Planning, Standards and Practices, called it a dynamic and positive partnership.

“The research presents great opportunities not only for Pathstone staff and Brock faculty, but also the entire Niagara community,” he said. “By bringing clinical staff together with researchers, I think we can build a dynamic research program that fosters a great deal of benefit as researchers become more aware of the specific challenges we face in dealing with children’s mental health in the region.”

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