Offering Mental Health support through the pandemic and beyond.
With the re-opening of Pathstone Mental Health’s Walk-In Clinic, the Foundation is able to provide further enhancement to the mental health support services offered at Pathstone thanks to two grants. One made by TD and the other coming from the Government of Canada’s Emergency Community Support Fund (ECSF) and Niagara Community Foundation. This funding is being directed to support Walk-In clinic and Video Counselling program through the COVID-19 pandemic and beyond.
In a move to bring more innovative mental health treatment options to children, youth and families across Niagara, Pathstone approached TD and ECSF with a request to support a new video counselling platform.
We made this form of service a priority with COVID-19 but it will be a part of the fabric of Pathstone beyond the pandemic. Our goal has always been to reduce wait times for services and remove barriers whenever possible for children and youth across Niagara.
Video counselling allows this to happen more readily. 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.
Shaun Baylis, Pathstone CEO
We are proud to support Pathstone Mental Health with this donation, through the TD Ready Commitment, that will help to give children and families in St. Catharine’s better access to mental health support services. The past few months have been extremely challenging for many and we recognize the importance of organizations like Pathstone who deliver the services and support that our communities need to help overcome these challenges, today and into the future.
Yasmin Zalac, TD Bank District Vice President -Escarpment District
The Niagara Community Foundation is proud to partner with the Government of Canada’s Emergency Community Support Fund to support the crucial and tireless work being done by Pathstone to provide mental health support for the youth across Niagara. “COVID-19 has unfortunately added to the challenges to deliver services to those who really need it in our community and these funds will go a long way in providing Pathstone the resources they need to connect with their clients and provide much needed support.”
Bryan Rose, Niagara Community Foundation Executive Director