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.
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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.