Pathstone

We are so happy to be back and able to support you with face to face appointments.

Over the past 10 weeks Pathstone has been preparing for a gradual return to face to face appointments. It will be your choice as to whether you want to return to in person appointments and we will continue to support you and your level of comfort and how you are receiving your counselling/therapy services. We will communicate on our website, and social media accounts information as you prepare to return to seeing us in person.

Following the guidelines put in place by Public Health, outlined below is how we have prepared to keep you and staff safe.

Maintaining Physical Distancing and the Use of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)

The importance of physical distancing remains in effect.  We are asked to keep 2 meters (6 feet) from one another. When this is not possible, Public Health recommends the use of PPE.. To support these guidelines and promote physical distancing, the following steps have been put in place.

  • Access to the building by staff and clients is being limited. We are achieving this by staggering staff work hours and client appointment times. There will be limits to the number of clients per floor at one time, and staggered entry and exit to the building of both staff and clients.
  • Meeting rooms have been set up to ensure that physical distancing can be maintained.
  • Directional arrows can been found throughout the building to promote physical distancing.
  • Lobby seating has been re organized, with some seating removed, to ensure physical distancing
  • Plexi glass has temporarily been installed at reception areas to help protect you and staff
  • All staff have been provided with and trained in the appropriate use of PPE. When physical distancing cannot be maintained, staff will wear and provide the appropriate PPE.
  • Staff and clients are screened upon entry into the building for symptoms of COVID-19

Sanitizing

Nothing will fight the spread of this illness better than proper and frequent handwashing and diligent sanitizing.  Pathstone has taken the following measures to meet Public Health Sanitizing guidelines.

  • Installed multiple hand sanitizing stations.
  • Paper products, plastic toys, electronics have been removed from our lobby area
  • All “public rooms” in our building will be properly sanitized before and after meetings
  • Signs have been placed throughout our buildings describing proper handwashing practices, and proper sneezing/coughing techniques to reduce spread of the virus.
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Pathstone Mental Health Launches Video Counselling

Offering Mental Health support through the pandemic and beyond.

St. Catharines, ON (May 26th, 2020) – With COVID-19 not yet in our rear view mirror, Pathstone Mental Health has moved forward swiftly on a plan to bring innovative mental health treatment options to children, youth and families across Niagara.

This was a project we had identified ahead of the outbreak with a one year timeline to research, develop and launch. When COVID-19 shut down the country, we expedited this to the top of our priority list. This fully digital/virtual platform will be a complement to in-person mental health counselling services once they resume. In the meantime, counselling via video and phone will be our best options to meet the mental health needs of our existing and new clients. The overall goal of Pathstone remains the same. To reduce wait times for services and remove barriers whenever possible.

Shaun Baylis, Pathstone CEO

“After a diligent investigation we selected a virtual platform that will be used by clients, their families and Pathstone staff to provide effective mental health therapy sessions that are completely confidential. Doxy.me (dock-see-me) offers an unlimited length of time for sessions, live chat features and a virtual waiting room which will allow us to triage cases. Clients and staff can also fill out and sign documents whether they are working with iOS, Android or PC technology.  After surveys, testing, training and a soft launch. We are ready to take this platform to our Pathstone clients.”

Erin Clayton, Clinical Manager and Digital Team lead at Pathstone

As an organization, the video counselling platform will serve our families well in a variety of ways says Baylis. Families who lack reliable transportation, don’t need to leave their home to meet one-on-one with a Pathstone therapist. Inclement weather won’t result in cancelled appointments and situations like COVID-19 will no longer get in the way of effective mental health therapy. Once we resume “normal” operations clients and counsellors can together decide the best method to meet their mental health care needs.

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A BIG Thank you for supporting the first White & Bright > FREE Live Stream Affair!

As you know, a couple weeks ago, Pathstone Foundation made the tough decision to cancel our in-person event. We also decided up bump up the date by two months in order to bring content that mattered as we weather through the COVID -19 pandemic together.

Thanks to previously committed sponsors, a GIFT MATCH and YOUR generous support, we have raised to date, $53,000 and counting!

Your compassion and generosity have reinforced my belief that, together, we can accomplish so much. With that in mind, I wanted to share with you what your gift and those of our community’s will allow us to do at Pathstone.

Crisis Hotline – In an average year, we typically receive 1,500 calls to our 24.7 Crisis & Support Line. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we were forced to close all 8 Pathstone Hear & Now Walk-In clinics across Niagara. We redirected those clients to call 1-800-263-4944 for support and added additional front line staff to the lines to meet the increased demand.

Walk In Clinic Services- Once we resume normal operations. Pathstone will be opening a 9th Walk-In Clinic in the City of Thorold. Funds will support all 9 locations across Niagara.

Now we can serve more kids & families – Because of your support, Pathstone can meet the mental health needs of our community. This year, we are on track to see well over 8,000 children and youth. That is a 10 per cent increase from the previous year.

And there is still time … We haven’t yet reached our Gift Match potential!

There is still room and time to capture the full $10K donation opportunity. Any donation you make, will be doubled.

Online donations can be made at https://www.pathstonefoundation.ca/wbla/donation/

Know that your gift is a game changer for Niagara’s kids!

Be well and stay well!

With thanks, The Pathstone Team

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Pathstone’s preparedness, putting families first in the wake of COVID-19

A letter to our supporters,

In a time when anxiety and fear surrounds us all, we wanted to assure you that we are still here to support the needs of our community.

Despite our declared State of Emergency in Ontario, the professionals at Pathstone know the importance of staying connected with clients and supporting those across the Niagara Region, many of which are experiencing heightened stress and anxiety during this time.

We would like to share with you a few updates on how we are continuing to support our most vulnerable.

While our building sites are currently closed preventing face-to-face visits with clients, clinicians have reached out to arrange counselling sessions to be held over the phone. In the next few days, we will introduce encrypted end-to-end video chat sessions.

In addition, our Crisis Line is available 24.7 by calling 1-800-263-4944.

We have put extra staff on the lines to help with the higher volume of calls we have been experiencing since the outbreak hit home.

Online, at pathstonementalhealth.ca you will find a tip sheet on talking to your family about COVID-19, how to ease fears, and have accurate and calm conversations about staying healthy and safe. We have also provided a link to Niagara Region Public Health where the most up to date information can be found.

All Pathstone events that were planned from March through May have been postponed or cancelled in alignment with Public Health Ontario recommendations for social distancing. If you were planning on making a donation, your support is still needed. Please consider doing so online, at pathstonefoundation.ca/donate

We will continue to closely monitor the situation and the advice of public health officials. As such, we may make further decisions around the extent of fundraising activities in the future. We will keep you posted on our website and social media channels.

Twitter. @PathstoneMH  Instagram. @PathstoneMH_Niagara and on Facebook

Although this continues to be a rapidly evolving situation, I want to reiterate that, like Pathstone Mental Health, we at Pathstone Foundation will continue to do whatever we can to ensure every one’s well-being and safety.

I’d also like to recognize the tremendous work our clinical teams are doing to support our community in what has become a trying time for those who already struggle with their mental health.

With thanks for your continued commitment and ongoing support during these extraordinary circumstances.

Kim Rossi, Director of Philanthropy – Pathstone Foundation

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Mental Health Centre renamed to reflect services for all.

St. Catharines, ON– When you arrive at 1338 Fourth Avenue in St. Catharines, you will soon see a new name that graces the building. Formerly known as the Branscombe Mental Health Centre, the facility has now been named simply, The Branscombe Centre.

The conversation with the Branscombe Family Foundation and Pathstone’s CEO Shaun Baylis began after a cosmetic change was being made to the buildings’ exterior.

Over the past year, the cement panels at the front and back entrances had cracked. After our general contractor took down the letters to replace the tiles, we saw an opportunity to speak to the Branscombe Family Foundation about the building that was in the families’ name.

Shaun Baylis, CEO Pathstone Mental Health

Home of Pathstone Mental Health and Pathstone Foundation, The Branscombe Centre is no longer a place that is solely offering mental health programs and services. The Rankin Family Community Wing’s main floor is now home to the Niagara North Family Health Team made up of physicians and Pathway Pharmacy. The second floor of that wing will soon welcome a hearing clinic and a community partner agency.  Located in the lower level of The Branscombe Centre is Comfort Kitchen Cafe, a catering company offering on and off-site food services.

This building has transformed from a mental health facility to more of a community centre for all, and we wanted the Branscombe family name to be properly reflected in that change of landscape.

New signage on The Branscombe Centre is currently being installed on the front and back entrance of the building located at 1338 Fourth Avenue in St. Catharines.

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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Ontario Trillium Foundation supports Pathstone with safer school measures.

Funding of over $26,100 means a safer place for students to learn and grow.

St. Catharines, ON – Thanks to a $26,100 Capital grant that was awarded to Pathstone Mental Health by the Ontario Trillium Foundation (OTF) in 2019, a new generator has been installed at Pathstone’s school on Merrittville Highway. On Friday, MPPs Sam Oosterhoff, Wayne Gates and Jennie Stevens were joined by OTF volunteer Bill Williams as they met with representatives from Pathstone to hear more about the need for the grant and the long-term difference it will make for their programming.

“Investments such these demonstrate the importance of the Ontario Trillium Foundation’s work in local communities here in Niagara,” said Sam Oosterhoff, MPP for Niagara West. “With growing awareness of mental health needs, it is vital that organizations such as Pathstone have the capital funds they need to provide the world class mental health services our youth rely on. I wish to congratulate Pathstone on receiving this grant and thank them for the amazing work they do across Niagara.”

This Capital grant was a much-needed improvement to the building, as Pathstone has over 70 children and staff attending classes and mental health therapy sessions on site. The grant was requested as the building’s previous generator was over 30-years-old and was constantly breaking down. The age, fuel source, location, safety risk and efficiency of the unit made for a strong case to OTF for a replacement. With the grant, Pathstone unveiled its new natural gas generator that’s now installed outside of the building.

“This project aligned with OTF’s criteria for a Capital grant request. Being in a safe environment brings peace of mind to our clients, their families and our staff, which was at the heart of this project. We are grateful to OTF for recognizing the importance of this much needed improvement,” said Kim Rossi, Director of Philanthropy – Pathstone Foundation

 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. We are a lead agency and 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  o. 905.688.6850 x 167  c. 289.969.8342 e. krossi@pathstone.ca

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The White & Bright Affair welcomes “The 5 Love Languages” best- selling author, Dr. Gary Chapman

Do you know what your Love Language is?

Pathstone Foundation is thrilled to unveil the details of their NEW Signature event, The White & Bright Affair, (WABA) in support of Pathstone Mental Health.
This June 5th, we’ll welcome the author of “The 5 Love Languages,” Dr. Gary Chapman to Fallsview Casino Resort, as RBC presents The White & Bright Affair.”

First, let me start by acknowledging the incredible support that the Hope Award Gala received over the past decade. After much conversation with volunteers, major sponsors and our team, we have landed on a new name, look and feel for our annual event which will still do what the Hope Gala set out to do a decade ago, promote mental health awareness, highlight our mission and bring Pathstone stakeholders together.
Kim Rossi, Director of Philanthropy & PR – Pathstone Foundation

“The White & Bright Affair,” is designed to connect us as a community. In his 30 minute chat, Dr. Chapman will talk about how to strengthen and nurture the most important relationships we have in our lives, especially with our spouses, partners and children. Identifying your Love Language will be the first step at our “Ice Breaker” Reception either by taking the Love Language quiz in advance or on-site. Along with great food, entertainment, a grand raffle and a mental wellness immersive experience, we know guests will walk away with some unforgettable moments.

The name, “The White & Bright Affair,” speaks to a fun dress code for the event. With a date in early June, we are asking guests to wear white plus a POP of their favorite colour. We are looking forward to hosting this fresh and fun Signature Event and we are sure you can already envision the great photos that will come when our guests arrive in similar attire but with their own unique “splash” incorporated.
Kim Rossi, Director of Philanthropy & PR – Pathstone Foundation

 

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It’s Back … and BIGGER – “Fill the Pig, Feel Better” campaign expands in year two, in support of children’s mental health in Niagara

MEDIA RELEASE

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE- January 27th 2020

St. Catharines, ON– Pathstone Foundation and Meridian Credit Union are partnering for a second year on the “Fill the Pig, Feel Better” Community Campaign in support of children’s mental health across Niagara.

Year two will kick-off with a few NEW initiatives.

You will be able to “adopt” a pig at ANY of the 17 Meridian Credit Union branches across Niagara to pick up starting TODAY, January 27th. This year’s campaign runs until the end of February.

Those who “adopt” a pig are encouraged to fill it with donations in support of Pathstone Foundation.

Each filled pig, represents approximately two one-on-one sessions with a Pathstone clinician at any of Pathstone’s eight Hear & Now Walk-In Clinics located across the region.

When your pig is full, simply return it to any Meridian Credit Union branch. * You don’t need to bank at Meridian to participate.

This year, we are introducing NEW ways to get involved.

Members of our Niagara community are becoming “Guest Artists” and painting up their pig to put at the cash register/counter at their place of business, including EVERY STORE at the Pen Centre.

Join us, on Tuesday, February 4th from 4-8pm for our “Paint the Pig Night at the Pen Centre” – sign up on Eventbrite to reserve your spot. When you arrive (at the former Sear’s Entrance) your $25 on-site donation includes your very own piggy bank and seat at our art table where you can personalize it.

If you simply want to support the “Fill the Pig, Feel Better” campaign online, you can visit the following link www.pathstonementalhealth.ca/fillthepig and donate to our virtual pig. *an automatic e-receipt will be issued.

In year two, this campaign continues to be about supporting access to mental health support through Walk-In Clinics for kids and their families. This campaign is also a demonstration of how good it feels to give back, no matter your age. This year, we had businesses reach out to us to support this campaign. There will be over 200 of them with piggy banks at their counters throughout the month. – Kim Rossi- Director of Philanthropy & PR –Pathstone Foundation

Meridian is proud to partner with Pathstone Foundation for a second consecutive year, because we share a common goal of helping to grow lives and make them better. Finances are one the biggest stressors for parents as they carry out the demands of work and family while dealing with the challenges of mental health issues. Thanks to Pathstone, families have access to programs and support they otherwise would not have without significant financial costs. Together, we can make sure that Pathstone continues its vital work in supporting children’s mental health. We all benefit from the lasting positive impact Pathstone has on these young lives and their families. – Shelley Dix- District Vice President- Meridian

Campaign Details:

Adoption Locations- ALL 17 Meridian Credit Union branches across Niagara – https://www.meridiancu.ca/contact-us/Find-a-Branch-or-ABM.aspx

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Instagram & Twitter: @Fill_the_Pig
Tag: @PathstoneMH / @MeridianCU / @ThePenCentre
Hashtag: #fillthepig #Niagara #ChangeMatters #PigSpotting #KidsCount

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 Meridian
With over 75 years of banking history, Meridian is Ontario’s largest credit union and the third largest in Canada, helping to grow the lives of its more than 300,000 Members.   Meridian has $20.6 billion in assets under management as of November 30, 2018 and delivers a full range of financial services online, by phone, by mobile and through a network of 90 branches across Ontario, and commercial banking services in 11 locations. Meridian Members also have access to THE EXCHANGE® Network, with more than 3,500 no-fee ABMs across Canada and 500,000 ABMs in the United States. For more information, please visit: meridiancu.ca.

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

 

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Niagara man leaving Ottawa to begin a 36 hour ride home in support of Mental Health

St. Catharines, ON (November 18th, 2019) – Just after midnight (Nov 19th), Justin Turgeon will get on his bike in the Nation’s Capital and won’t get off until her arrives back in Niagara.

The more uncomfortable the better he says. Turgeon has decided to make point about the struggles you encounter when your mental health suffers at a time when the weather is anything but predictable.

Turgeon uses the “wolf pack” mentality in his training and in life, which is one of extreme loyalty and devotion to a group that binds wolves or in this case, people together as a unit. The 32 year old trainer is leaving downtown Ottawa in the dark of night with his “wolf pack” support team following close behind.

If all goes according to plan and the weather is somewhat on his side, Turgeon will arrive at the Branscombe Mental Health Centre in St. Catharines 36 hours later after clocking 560 kilometers.  *estimated arrival time in St. Catharines approximately 2pm, Wed. Nov. 20th.

The goal of his Ride Over Matter mission is to heighten awareness of those struggling with their mental health and to raise funds for Pathstone Foundation in the process.

The former hockey player was sidelined after suffering multiple injuries and concussions. Turgeon also lost a cousin, who was like a brother to him at the hands of a mental health and addiction struggle.

Justin has made a few visits to local schools talking to students about his ride. A class at Notre Dame Elementary had his trip turned into a science and math lesson with students tracking time, speed and distance. The grade 3 students were full of questions for Turgeon and sent him off with a pile of letters of encouragement and thanks.

A few kids were very vocal about the fact they go to Pathstone for treatment. This really hammers home the mission of this ride. It’s about kids in our community being able to talk about their mental health and be supported.

Justin Turgeon, Ride Over Matter

A personal fundraising page has been set up for Justin’s Ride Over Matter trek. Supporters can sponsor Justin in kilometers by visiting https://www.pathstonefoundation.ca/ride-over-matter/ and will receive a tax deductible charitable receipt.

This kind of feat needs to be celebrated and I know when we ask Niagara for support, they come out in droves. We are so excited for him and grateful for Justin’s support. We hope the communit will join us on November 21st, in welcoming Justin home and celebrating his important journey.

Kim Rossi, Director of Philanthropy & PR – Pathstone Foundation.

 You’re Invited

Justin’s Welcome Home Celebration!

Join Us at Pathstone Mental Health

 1338 Fourth Avenue, St. Catharines

Wednesday, November 21st – 1:00pm (Justin expected at approx. 2pm)

 Refreshments will be served *courtesy of Tim Hortons St. David’s Road

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. We have been helping kids for over 50 years in Niagara. Note, Crisis Services are offered 24/7 by calling 1-800-263-4944.

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Agents of Change Conference – 2019

Over 50 local youth becoming Agents of Change for Mental Health

(St. Catharines, ON) November 15 – Over 50 youth from across Niagara gathered at Pathstone Mental Health’s headquarters in St. Catharines for a full day of idea exchanging, brainstorming and future building at the “Youth Engagement: Becoming Agents of Change” conference.

The mostly teens in attendance representing youth groups including mayor’s youth advisory committees, are influencers in the community and are mental health champions.

Break-out sessions provided the opportunity to make recommendations about how mental health organizations can better their environment, programs and services as well as identify what the needs are and what services and programs may be missing.

This day-long conference funded through a generous grant from RBC provided youth with the opportunity to connect with others who are passionate about youth mental health.

The desired outcome was to provide a fulsome list of recommendations that can be put into action.

“I wouldn’t be at all surprised if many of the actionable items that will come out of the conference will make their way into Pathstone’s strategic plan.” Pathstone Mental Health CEO, Shaun Baylis

A brief is now being compiled by the New Mentality group, which is a youth led team with a provincial mandate to better children’s mental health services.

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.

For interview and inquiries – Please contact: Kim Rossi – Director of Philanthropy & Public Relations -Pathstone Foundation e. krossi@pathstone.ca

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