With the Province’s imposed State of Emergency in effect until at least mid-February, Pathstone Mental health is leaning on technology to keep Niagara’s kids connected to mental health support.
January to March is typically a time when kids and families need our support the most. This year, with the pandemic now 11 months old, we anticipate an even greater need. Tara Kelly, Clinical Manager – Pathstone Mental Health.
Thanks to the support of community and corporate donors, we were able to ramp up our video counselling platform, offering immediate face-to-face-connection when in-person visits are interrupted due to pandemic restrictions, inclement weather, or even lack of access to transportation. RBC was one of those donors, committing to a three- year gift totalling $90K, specifically supporting walk-in clinic services offered virtually or in-person.
Kim Rossi, Director of Philanthropy & PR at Pathstone
The COVID-19 pandemic has accelerated access to virtual and digital services across all areas of our lives, including how Canadians access healthcare. When we learned that Pathstone was taking steps to reimagine access to online therapy for youth, we knew we had to help. We’re proud to have a longstanding relationship with Pathstone and support their mission of helping young people and their families get access to the right mental health care when they need it most.
Steve Nixon, Regional Vice President – RBC
Through the State of Emergency, immediate access to mental health care is being offered at Pathstone in two main ways for children, youth and their families. *From birth to age 18 #1
Our Crisis & Support Line at 1-800-263-4944
This connects you to a Pathstone counsellor, 24/7, 365 days a year. #2 Our Walk-In Clinic, accessed through VIDEO ONLY, Monday-Friday. An appointment is required and can be made by calling 1-800-263-4944 (same day or advance appointments are available)
For existing clients, contact your Pathstone therapist/counsellor directly or, call our Main line, during regular business hours at 905-688-6850.
In an effort to measure the impact our front line services provide, we in partnership with RBC have created a survey that lives on the walk-in clinic landing page at pathstonementalhealth.ca.This survey allows kids and families using our front line services to feedback to us on how they felt after their session. Those who complete the survey also have the option to enter to win a $100 Visa Gift card. Kim Rossi, Director of Philanthropy & PR – Pathstone Foundation
Whether it is a video counselling session or call, there is no cost, referral or health card needed to connect one-on-one with a Pathstone therapist or counsellor.
Our goal always, is to be at the ready, to support Niagara’s kids and families.