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Pathstone Marks Pink Shirt Day 2021

Looking at bullying through the lens of a 9 year old.

Today, Wednesday, February 24, 2021 is Pink Shirt Day. It’s a day to combat bullying and raise awareness that bullying happens every day, everywhere.

What can you do if you witness bullying?

Say something.

Studies show that when someone intervenes, 50% of bullying ends within 10 seconds.

Today we are sharing the story of a Pathstone client who was bullied at every turn. After doing the work, and being supported by his therapist, Ash is thriving.

The Story

If you spend time with Ash, you will see he’s a sweet kind boy with a big heart full of love. You will learn, he’s obsessed with Pokemon, the TV show, The Mandalorian, and books. His favourite author is Rodman Philbrick.

Ash is all about the details. He will tell you about every Pokemon character and what makes each one so special. He’ll likely tell you a joke, because he loves to make others laugh.

Once he feels comfortable, Ash will tell you that he was the victim of endless bullying at school. He envisioned how his day would turn out before getting out of bed each morning.

When Covid-19 hit and schools were closed, this grade 4 student’s daily battle finally ended. No school meant the kid who was bullying him could no longer reach him. He couldn’t be stared down, pushed around, or threatened. Ash felt safe at home.

However, this didn’t solve everything.

Ash was at Pathstone, being supported by therapist Kathy Molloy, who talked about their sessions together.

“We worked on coping with his feelings of sadness, worry, confusion and anger. Fear was keeping him awake at night. Ash described it as being like a DVD that was always playing in his head. He’s since learned how to talk about his feelings, how to make the worries smaller and to focus on all of the good things about him, and his life. Most importantly, he learned how to trust again.

The Outcome

Today, Ash is at a new school, and is thriving socially, emotionally and academically. He still sees Kathy at Pathstone and is excited to tell her about the new friends he’s made

In his words, Ash says, “Pathstone has helped me deal with my issues, and I feel like I’ve been heard, and people want to help. I trust Kathy, and I know I can tell her anything.”

Today is PINK SHIRT DAY. A day to recognize that bullying still happens, and not only at school.

YOU can support Ash, and other kids just like him through found at www.pathstonefoundation.ca/donate Select PINK SHIRT DAY from the donation drop down menu.

Our job at Pathstone is to support kids and families across Niagara who need to lean on us for mental health support. Kids, just like Ash.

Media Questions / Interviews: Contact

Kim Rossi, Director of Philanthropy & PR – Pathstone Foundation
e. Krossi@Pathstone.ca  o. 905-688-6850 x 167

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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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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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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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Taps, Apps & Laughs

Taps, Apps & Laughs is a night to enjoy local beer & wine, tasty food and hilarious comedy with 150 guests. The comedy show will feature local comedian David Green with 3 opening performances by Michael Moses, Brenda Lennie and Marc Calaguiro. On April 4 from 7 to 11 p.m., guests will enjoy $2 app tasters and raffle prizes at Beechwood Golf and Social House.

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Turntable Trivia

Turntable Trivia is retro music-themed trivia night from the 70’s, 80’s & 90’s, taking place on March 29 from 7 to 11 p.m. at the Canadian Polish Society in St. Catharines. This sold out event of 272 guests, will feature music, mystery prizes and food & drinks.

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Rise and Shine Yoga

Rise and Shine Yoga is a wellness-packed morning starting with a yoga class followed by a breakfast buffet, mimosas and smoothies, silent auction on March 24 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Meridian Community Centre in Pelham. This event is sold out with 128 guests.

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Designer Handbag Bingo

Designer Handbag Bingo is a classic game with a stylish twist where designer bags are up for grabs on March 22 from 6 to 9 p.m. at Amici’s Banquet and Conference Centre in Thorold. This event is sold out with 281 guests.

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Past Event – Cut It Out

SAVE THE DATE – Sunday, November 18th. Thanks to our friends at Malia Hair Salon, YOU can help put an end to bullying and stop the stigma of mental health by joining us on November 18 from 11am to 6pm. Minimum $20 donation for all haircut and style services with 100% of the proceeds to support Pathstone Foundation. Support those who support us

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Past Event – Hike & Yoga with Movement Mobility Meditation

Join Nancy Drope of Movement – Mobility – Meditation on Saturday, December 15th from 8:30am to 11:30am as you stretch and hike the spectacular escarpment all in the name of a great cause. Witness the snow dusted trees and trails one last time before Mother Nature embraces winter. Your entry is a donation which will support Pathstone Mental Health in Niagara. For more info and to reserve your spot, please visitwww.movementmobilitymeditation.com. Space is limited so book TODAY! Support those who support us

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