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Pathstone continues in-person Mental Health Services

St. Catharines, ON (January, 5th, 2022) – Deemed an essential service, Pathstone Mental Health remains open for in-person mental health support.

With nearly two years of pandemic restrictions and measures, mental health support is not only an essential service, it’s become a life-line for so many children and youth in Niagara. Preventing access to care would be more harmful than beneficial for the thousands of young people we see each year. January and February as well as September and October tend to be two of the busiest mental health seasons at Pathstone. Shaun Baylis, CEO Pathstone Mental Health

We also know that the preference of many is to speak to someone in person, privately, versus over the phone or over video. Clients come first. Being able to offer mental health support and access in many forms ensures we are best supporting our youngest clients the way they are most comfortable and in a way that will be most beneficial to them. Kim Rossi, Director of Philanthropy & PR

Our Pathstone team is reaching out to their clients and families to make arrangements for their sessions in the format best for them. Those options include, in-person, video, or over the phone.

 With any in-person appointment, clients will be screened in advance, asked to sanitize their hands, and masks will be mandatory. A physical distance of 6ft (2 meters) will also be respected.

Speaking specifically to our off-site walk-in clinics located across Niagara. In-person support will also be available, by appointment only, beginning the week of January 10th. That appointment can be made by calling 1-800-263-4944.

Keeping in mind, Pathstone staff are not immune to COVID-19 and may need to make other arrangements with clients should they become sick themselves.

Appointments for all in-person or video counselling sessions are to be made in advance by calling the Pathstone Mental Health’s Crisis & Support line at 1-800-263-4944

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 struggling with mental health issues. Thanks to support from our donors and volunteers, we are able to address and meet the needs of more children and their families. We are the primary provider of mental health services for children in Niagara and have been helping kids for over 50 years. Note, Crisis Services are offered 24/7 by calling 1-800-263-4944.

 Media Contact / Interviews: Kim Rossi p. 905.688.6850 x 167 e. krossi@pathstone.ca

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Niagara WINS! Community responds overwhelmingly to Mental Health Movement, #ProjectPlaid

With a goal to raise $30,000 throughout the November campaign, thanks to generous support from across the Niagara Community and a powerful gift match from Meridian, today we are proudly celebrating that $119, 610.38 has been raised for Pathstone through the #ProjectPlaid Campaign, four times the projected goal!

At a time where the news continues to be less than glowing, this financial boost for Pathstone will expediate our efforts to reduce wait times for kids who continue to need exceptional mental health support. These are wait times that didn’t exist ahead of the pandemic.

Project Plaid’s creation was rooted in community and family following the tragic loss of Amelia Durocher to suicide in February of 2019. Plaid was Amelia’s signature style and has served as the backdrop for this movement. This past November 26th, dubbed Plaid Friday, our community wore plaid, rolled out fundraisers and came together to share and talk with one another about mental health.

The response from across Niagara and beyond was overwhelming. It seemed every other post on social was around #ProjectPlaid. 900 toques and thousands of stickers were sold. But most important, true conversations were being had in schools, offices and with families around mental health and how to seek support. We are still stuck in what is being called a dual crisis, the lingering global pandemic and the further detriment it’s inflicting on our mental health. This year, we felt that the campaign provided an atmosphere welcoming of conversation around mental health. Kim Rossi, Director of Philanthropy & PR- Pathstone Foundation.

 Mental Health matters, and regardless of the VERY successful fundraising efforts in our community and boosting power Meridian provided by way of matching donations, the real value was in opening up conversations. We need to talk about it and provide support to help our Employees, our Members and people in our community. Shelley Dix, District Vice President, Niagara District – Meridian

 From here on in, every year, Black Friday will be known as Plaid Friday, in support of #ProjectPlaid. But the conversation around mental health isn’t a one day, or one-month affair, It’s a 24/7 effort.

 *Special thanks to the Niagara Ice Dogs, Meridian Centre, and the Portraits in the Vineyard event which added $10,000 to our fundraising efforts.

 About Pathstone Mental Health

A community-based organization with a mission to provide innovative and effective treatment for all children in Niagara struggling with mental health issues. Thanks to support from our donors and volunteers, we are able to address and meet the needs of more children and their families each year. We are the primary accredited provider of mental health services for children in Niagara and also a lead agency for the province of Ontario. Pathstone has been helping kids for over 50 years in Niagara. Note, Crisis & Support is 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 second largest in Canada, helping to grow the lives of 380,000 Members. Meridian has $27.6 billion in assets under management (September 30, 2021) 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 cardholders also have access to over 43,000 surcharge-free ABMs in North America with THE EXCHANGE® Network and the Allpoint Network in the US. For more information, please visit: meridiancu.ca, follow us on Twitter @MeridianCU or visit us on Facebook

 

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TODAY is #PlaidFriday! Mental Health Movement, #ProjectPlaid encourages community to wear plaid.

Today, the Niagara community and even Niagara Falls is turning Plaid in support of #ProjectPlaid, a mental health movement in support of Pathstone Mental Health.

Following the tragic loss of Amelia Durocher to suicide in February of 2019, her mother Shanta Rangaratnam channeled her energy and grief into #ProjectPlaid. Plaid was Amelia’s signature style, whether she was out with friends, heading to class at Brock or to work at Winner’s you would typically see something plaid on Amelia.

Today, is Plaid Friday, where you are encouraged to wear plaid, talk about mental health and donate to Pathstone. A number of companies, schools, clubs and individuals have joined the movement including the Niagara Catholic District School Board with more than 50 schools planning their own #Projectplaid events. Earlier this week a number of schools and companies launched into the #ProjectPlaid spirit, including St. Michael’s Secondary School in Niagara Falls.

St. Mike’s Students with Mascot – Left to Right Trisha Solomon, Lindsey Panganiban, Mikey the Mascot, and Josh Post

Colouring table, designed by St. Mike’s students.

Staff and Students – including (far left) Camillo Cipriano Director of Education at the NCDSB.

Madison Todd

At Niagara Catholic, we are excited to join #ProjectPlaid. It is our goal to have students join this mental health movement by wearing plaid on November 26th, to continue to raise awareness about mental health in our schools. Our goal is to reduce stigma, while raising funds to support the excellent mental health programs at Pathstone Mental Health, that all work to support our students and their families.
Camillo Cipriano, Director of Education, Niagara Catholic District School Board.

We are so thrilled at the response from our community to this campaign and the conversations that are being held at work, play, and in schools around mental health and wellness. Those who are donating to the campaign should know that we are inching closer to our $30,000 goal, which will alleviate some of the pressure that Pathstone programs have been under especially through the pandemic.
Kim Rossi, Director of Philanthropy & PR- Pathstone Foundation.

Special offers to the public to mark #ProjectPlaid include:

  • ALL Meridian locations are selling #ProjectPlaid signature toques for $25 each. You can also donate to receive a #ProjectPlaid sticker.
  • Urban Cravings – 3 locations in St. Catharines and Foothill will donate $1 for every rice bowl sold today.
  • Harvey’s – Niagara Falls locations will donate $2 for every Angus Burger Combo sold.
  • Upper Deck – St. Catharines is donating 10% of food sale profits.
  • Zippy Drive– This driver service, donating ALL revenue this week.

At 10:15 tonight, Niagara Falls will be illuminated Black & Red, to mark #ProjectPlaid.

About Pathstone Mental Health

A community-based organization with a mission to provide innovative and effective treatment for all children in Niagara struggling with mental health issues. Thanks to support from our donors and volunteers, we are able to address and meet the needs of more children and their families. We are the primary accredited provider of mental health services for children in Niagara and a lead agency for the province of Ontario. We have been helping kids for over 50 years in Niagara. Note, Crisis & Support is offered 24/7 by calling 1-800-263-4944.

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 or 289-969-8342.

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When a mission turns into a movement

Niagara mom aims to turn Niagara PLAID In Memory of her daughter and others lost to suicide

St. Catharines, ON (November 1, 2021) – A passion project that began with a few family and friends has quickly grown to become a movement to turn Niagara plaid in November.

Following the tragic loss of Amelia Durocher to suicide in February of 2019, her mother Shanta Rangaratnam channeled her energy and grief into #ProjectPlaid. Plaid was Amelia’s signature style, whether she was out with friends, heading to class at Brock or to work at Winner’s you would typically see something plaid on Amelia.

In its first year, #ProjectPlaid encouraged people to wear plaid on what would have been Amelia’s 19th birthday, November 27th and to donate to the campaign. In under two years, over $20,000 has been raised for Pathstone Mental Health.

With the addition of corporate support from Meridian and the Niagara Ice Dogs, and interest from many local companies and community members, this mission is evolving into a movement. “This was never just about Amelia, says Shanta, this campaign was about talking openly about mental health with the hope that something like this never happens to another child or their family.”

This year, Black Friday, will become Plaid Friday, on November 26th.  At 10:15 pm Niagara Falls will be illuminated Black & Red In Honour of #ProjectPlaid. The night before, (Nov. 25th) will be Plaid Eve at the Niagara Ice Dogs game when they take on the Hamilton Bulldogs. Those attending the game are encouraged to wear plaid and can also donate to Pathstone on-site to receive a #ProjectPlaid sticker and or purchase a signature #ProjectPlaid toque. (available on the concourse level)

Companies, clubs, schools and teams can also JOIN THE MOVEMENT and support Pathstone in a variety of ways. More info on how can be found at www.pathstonefoundation.ca

“It is an honour to take part in this growing, important and meaningful movement” said Janice Calverley, Interim Chief Operating Officer, Meridian. “At Meridian, we are committed to building resilience, and that includes mental health resilience. We are thrilled to be a part of the conversation, wearing our plaid and supporting Pathstone Foundation.”

“We are still in this, and the mental health cases we are seeing at Pathstone clearly shows that the pandemic has made a troublesome impact on many. This campaign will bring some light and much love to those who are struggling.”
Kim Rossi, Director of Philanthropy- Pathstone Foundation.

About Pathstone Mental Health

A community-based organization with a mission to provide innovative and effective treatment for all children in Niagara struggling with mental health issues. Thanks to support from our donors and volunteers, we are able to address and meet the needs of more children and their families. We are the primary accredited provider of mental health services for children in Niagara and a lead agency for the province of Ontario. We have been helping kids for over 50 years in Niagara. Note, Crisis & Support is 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 second largest in Canada, helping to grow the lives of 380,000 Members. Meridian has $27.6 billion in assets under management (September 30, 2021) 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 cardholders also have access to over 43,000 surcharge-free ABMs in North America with THE EXCHANGE® Network and the Allpoint Network in the US. For more information, please visit: meridiancu.ca, follow us on Twitter @MeridianCU or visit us on Facebook 

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 or 289-969-8342.

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Finalist for CharityVilliage Awards

We are very honoured to be a finalist in two categories of the CharityVillage Awards this year.

The two categories are:

SPECIAL AWARD FOR A CHARITYVILLAGE HOSTED CROWDFUNDING CAMPAIGN

  • Nonprofit Employer – under 20 staff

This award recognizes excellence in crowdfunding through CharityVillage’s own Crowdfunding Platform. Finalists will be chosen by a special panel of judges from CharityVillage and its crowdfunding advisors.

And BEST FUNDRAISING CAMPAIGN

  • Nonprofit Employer – under 20 staff

Never has there been such a wide array of fundraising tools available to help nonprofit organizations raise money for their important mission work. This award recognizes an outstanding fundraising campaign by a nonprofit or charity across any fundraising channel. A panel of fundraising experts will judge this award.

The awards will be given out at the 2021 CharityVillage Annual Conference & Awards on Wed, Nov 3, 2021.

 

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Outdoor Ceremony & Tour Mark Unveiling of the Mountainview Centre for Innovative Learning at Pathstone

School renamed after donor

Thorold, ON (September 22, 2021) – Today, donors, stakeholders, community members and staff gathered at Pathstone’s school on Merrittville Hwy to re-open the campus as the Mountainview Centre for Innovative Learning. Guests then took part in an outdoor exploration tour of Pathstone’s newly developed play and learning hubs.
The new naming comes after Mountainview Building Group, made a Lifetime Impact Gift of $1M to Pathstone.

This donation provided not only an overhaul of the HVAC system, replacement of interior lights and skylights, it also helped fund the development of a series of outdoor learning and play hubs on the property which includes two outdoor classrooms.

This site plays a vital role in Pathstone’s intensive therapy program where counsellors work in collaboration with DSBN teachers tailoring a plan for each student they support. Kids in grades 1 through 8 come from across the Region typically for one full school year to receive this specialized care. Pathstone’s goal is to strengthen students’ emotional, social, and educational skills, to better equip them for future success when they return to their former school.

Today, was about gathering with people who were immensely moved by what happens at this school. No longer referred to as the school on Merrittville Highway, it was officially named after a company and organization that are both forward thinking, invested, committed, and filled with passion for the work they do.
Kim Rossi, Director of Philanthropy & PR, Pathstone.

Creation of the outdoor learning and play hubs were the work of Bienenstock Natural Playgrounds, considered innovators in designing rich, natural and restorative outdoor spaces. Founder and lead designer, Adam Bienenstock shared their overall vision for Pathstone. “Our goal was to create a respite from the stress our children face, especially now, and a place for every child to grow and find joy and success. Our team at Bienenstock is so proud of our collaboration with Pathstone Foundation. It is rare to find clients and sponsors and community who have fully dedicated their lives to improving the lives of others”

Of course, none of these projects would have been possible without the commitment that came from Mountainview Building Group, and in addition, commitments from the late Rosslyn Reed, Rob & Patricia Neill, The Memme Family, The Basciano Family, Meridian, Lowe’s Canada, Walker Industries, Ontario Power Generation, and the Djebbari Family.

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.

The Mountainview Centre for Innovative Learning will continue to serve as Pathstone’s primary school, as well as 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 and well-being, and he is ultimately building a stronger and healthier community for generations to come. We feel so fortunate to have Mark in our corner on a number of our major projects.
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.

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Building stronger families: Participants Needed

Research study focussed on the overall betterment of families.

Kids and their families have been subjected to monumental change through the pandemic. A collaboration on a parenting and family support study will take a closer look at two new parenting programs.

The Offord Centre for Child Studies out of McMaster University and Pathstone Mental Health have collaborated on this effort and hope to gain an overall understanding if families in this study benefit from one program over the other, or see benefit in both.

The Triple P (Positive Parenting Program) and the Circle of Security Parenting Program (COSP) each offer ways for parents and caregivers to develop practical skills, which can help decrease challenging behaviours and emotions in young children, and help, better the families’ relationship. This fall, the study will also address an important evidence gap – “we want to see which of the programs will benefit families and their children more, and whether these programs are better than existing ones”. Andrea Gonzalez, Associate Professor, Canada Research Chair in Family Health and Preventive Interventions, Offord Centre for Child Studies at McMaster University. This project comes at a time when COVID-19 continues to add challenges to kids and families.

40 per cent of parents indicated their children’s behaviour/mood had deteriorated and there were findings of extremely high levels of depression among caregivers. *Offord Centre’s landmark 2020 Ontario Parent Survey.

As students head back to class, we know there will be a new set of challenges that families experience. Research suggests that parenting programs can improve emotional and behavioural adjustment of children and enhance the psychosocial well-being of parents. By taking part in this study, parents/caregivers may find they feel more positive about themselves and caregiving skills and strategies, but also helping other parents/caregivers in the future.

“We are actively looking for families with children aged 2 -6 to enrol in this study,” says Gonzalez. If families need technology in order to participate, we can help with that too. In recognition of the time and effort as participants in the study, parents will receive gift cards for completing required interviews.

Interested in participating?

If you are a family with children aged 2-6 and are interested in participating in this study, contact Pathstone Mental Health at 905.688.6850 x 319 or email clinicresearch@Pathstone.ca

About Pathstone Mental Health
Pathstone Mental Health is the primary provider of mental health services for children and youth in Niagara. Our mission is to provide innovative and effective treatment to those children and youth from the start of their life to age 18. Note, Crisis Services are offered 24/7 by calling 1-800-263-4944.

About The Offord Centre for Child Studies
A multi-disciplinary research institute established in 1992. Through collaboration across fields such as child psychiatry, pediatrics, policy development, and social work. The Centre’s aim is to better understand children’s mental health problems with the overall goal of improving the lives of children and youth.

Contact for Questions / Interviews on the study:
Andrea Gonzalez, Associate Professor
Tier II Canada Research Chair in Family Health and Preventive Interventions
McMaster University Department of Psychiatry and Behavioural Neurosciences Offord Centre for Child Studies.

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Pelham Community supports a 9th Youth Mental Health Walk-In Clinic.

Ahead of what is typically their busiest time of year, Pathstone Mental Health is announcing the creation of a ninth in-person walk-in clinic, to be located in the town of Pelham.

The opportunity for an in-person mental health walk in clinic was presented to Pelham Town Council and approved unanimously. Funding for this clinic, ($20,000 annually) which is not covered by the Ministry of Health is coming from a variety of funding streams that include, the Town of Pelham, The Fenwick Lions Club, Fonthill Lions Club, the Fonthill Kinsmen Club, and the Pelham Library.

This kind of commitment from so many groups show a collaborative spirit in support of children and youth in our community. Kim Rossi, Director of Philanthropy & PR at Pathstone

The youth mental health clinic will be hosted on the second floor of the Meridian Community Centre in Fonthill, every TUESDAY from 11:30- 7:30pm, beginning Tuesday, September 7, by appointment. As always, mental health support will be offered in-person by a Pathstone clinician with no referral, cost or health card needed. Same day or advance appointments can be made by calling 1-800-263-4944.

It’s great news for Pelham to be able to have the clinic opening. Right now, it is really important to have mental health support available for youth and their families. We are very happy to see this partnership happen.
Mayor Marvin Junkin, Pelham

It is a privilege for the Fonthill Lions Club to support this program in Pelham. We are in the midst of a time when Mental Health has come to the forefront. Going through this pandemic has been hard on all of us, especially the youth. We have to remember they are our future, so it is paramount that we have the best resources available to them.
Fred Arbour, Past District Governor, Fonthill Lions

The Fabulous Fenwick Lions are always ready to support youth as part of our commitment to the community. Our Club unanimously supported a Motion made to support this clinic with the understanding that our youth need all the resources available to them so that they may become adults who will change our world, making it a better place to live.
Jeff Pickup, President & Secretary, Fabulous Fenwick Lions Club

Having heard from countless members of the Pelham Community that COVID and the shutdowns have increased their concern for their children’s mental health, the Pelham Public Library Board was extremely happy to offer its support for a local, weekly, walk-in clinic in our community.
Nicole Nolan, Pelham Public Library Board Chair.

The Kinsmen of Fonthill and District have supported Pathstone in the past. They have spoken at one of our dinner meetings, so it was an easy vote by our club, when we heard they could provide a clinic right here in Pelham”.
Len Doyle, President, Kinsmen Club of Fonthill & District

Over the past 12 months, Pathstone saw close to 10,000 kids. This was a 35 per cent increase from the previous year, and projections show a further increase to come. With In-person Walk-In Clinic’s open and available in so many locations across the Region, accessing mental health support, in-person, the moment it’s needed is more robust than its ever been.

This program is serving the purpose we knew it would which is to reach children and youth right when they need us. Localized walk-in clinics also mean we are removing barriers to service. With this commitment from the Town of Pelham, they become the ninth in-person walk-in clinic currently operating in Niagara. All sites are open to Niagara’s children and youth up to age 18 as well as their parents / caregivers who want to talk about their children. We understand that sometimes kids do not want to come, but their parents can reach out for support. Tara Kelly, Clinical Manager at Pathstone

In-Person Walk-In Clinic Locations

EVERY Monday – Thorold & Welland
EVERY Tuesday – Fort Erie & Pelham (New Clinic at the Meridian Community Centre in Fonthill)
EVERY Wednesday – Grimsby & Port Colborne
EVERY Thursday – Beamsville & Niagara
MONDAY-FRIDAY – St. Catharines
Video Counselling; MONDAY-FRIDAY – From ANYWHERE in Niagara

All clinics (in-person or video) require an appointment to be made by calling Pathstone’s Crisis & Support line at: 1-800-263-4944

About Pathstone Mental Health

Pathstone Mental Health is a community-based organization with a mission to provide innovative and effective treatment for all children in Niagara struggling with mental health and addictions issues. Thanks to support from our donors and volunteers, we can help meet the needs of more children and families. As the primary accredited provider of mental health services for children in Niagara, helping Niagara’s kids is not only our job, it’s our passion. Note, Crisis Services offered 24/7 by calling 1-800-263-4944.

Media Contact – for Questions / Interviews: Kim Rossi – Director of Philanthropy & Public Relations
office. 905.688.6850 x 167 email. krossi@pathstone.ca

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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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