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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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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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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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