Mental Health Association,
John Street South
Opinion with CMHA Ontario
their families, front-line staff and others associated with this
branch of the Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA) have a
unique opportunity to contribute to the future direction of CMHA’s
Ontario is an organization that lends its voice to the positive
work delivered at 30 CMHA branches across the province. CMHA
Ontario regularly includes issues relevant to branches during
engagement with government and sector partners at the provincial
level. The Division advocates for changes in the mental health
and addictions system that, we believe, will improve peoples’
journey to recovery.
this context in mind, CMHA Ontario is asking for your help.
Currently, Ontario Division is developing a new three-year
strategic plan and is reaching out to front-line staff, clients,
their families and others associated with the branch for input.
you would like to contribute, please complete this brief online
survey. The survey is open from
Sept. 14-30, 2016. Hard copies of the survey are available at
marks World Suicide Prevention Day
September 10th CMHA joined people with lived experience of a mental health issue,
their families, policy makers,
advocates, researchers and others to raise awareness and share strategies to prevent the tragedy
than 800,000 people worldwide – including about 4,000
Canadians – die by suicide every year. World
Suicide Prevention Day is presented annually by the
International Association for Suicide Prevention to spread
awareness and break the silence about this issue. This year’s
theme, 'Connect, Communicate, Care' captures the heart of
suicide prevention. CMHA branches across the province, including
this one, work daily to share strategies to prevent the tragedy
Hamilton provides suicide awareness training such as safeTALK
and Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST)
workshops, as well as offer crisis intervention and prevention
services to the local community.
Though not all suicides can be prevented, some strategies
can help reduce the risk, such as:
Seeking treatment, care and support for mental health
concerns — and building a good relationship with a doctor
and other health professionals.
connected with a care team or community-based program to
help manage stress and monitor for thoughts of suicide
social support networks, such as family, friends, a peer
support or support group, or connections with a cultural or
good coping skills to deal with problems, and trusting in
Universal prevention strategies recommended by the World Health
Organization also include increasing access to health care and
responsible media reporting.
For more information or to learn more about the suicide
prevention or positive mental health, contact firstname.lastname@example.org
or (905) 521-0090 ext. 245 or email@example.com
(905) 521-0090 ext. 262
First Ride Don't Hide
a Resounding Success!
Sunday, June 26, 2016 the Canadian Mental Health Association
completed its very first Ride Don't Hide event in Hamilton and
it was a huge success!
We surpassed all of the goals that had
been set early in the planning process.
We had hoped to get 265 riders registering and in the end we had
over 300! Our
fundraising objective from both sponsorships and riders
fundraising was $66,500.
With money still coming in we are
already at $103,291 raised!
Our other objective for the Ride Don't
Hide was to raise the discussion around mental health in
Hamilton and to try and encourage people who are struggling to
come forward. To reduce the stigma around mental illness was a
focus. In partnership with our many sponsors and donors this
goal was accomplished! The support shown by local businesses was
the end we will have a significant amount of new funding to
assist the clients served by CMHA Hamilton.
you to everyone who participated and contributed to the success
of our ride. Your contribution made a difference!
look forward to June 25, 2017 when CMHA Hamilton will again host
Ride Don't Hide.
here to view a selection of photos from RDH 2016
here to register for CMHA Hamilton's 2017 Ride Don't Hide event.
the 2016 Ride Don't Hide Thank you video.
Poustie to run in support of CMHA
November 6, 2016 Andrew Poustie will be running in the Road to
Hope Marathon in support of the Canadian Mental Health
Association, Hamilton Branch. We applaud Andrew's commitment to
mental health and encourage you to support him.
here to download a donation form. Once complete, you
can return it via email to firstname.lastname@example.org,
fax 905-667-0393, or by mail to CMHA Hamilton, 131 John St. S.,
Hamilton, ON, L8N 2C3.
prefer to donate via telephone, please contact CMHA Hamilton at
Story . . .
name is Andrew Poustie. I am a Police Officer with the
Hamilton Police Service. On Sunday November 6th
2016, I will be running a half marathon (21.1 kms) at the
Road to Hope Road Race in Hamilton in my Police uniform
am completing this run because running helped and
continues to improve my own mental wellness. In August
2012, I lost my father after a lengthy illness. As a
Police Officer I had experience in dealing with other
people’s loss, and thought that I would be ok after my
father passed. I soon found out that it was struggling to
cope with the loss of my father and often felt I was
carrying grief like a weight. I withdrew from many of the
sports I loved as they reminded me of my father, and
slowly became physically unhealthy. As a father of young
children I realized I needed to change. I began running
and committed myself to improving both my physical and
mental health. Running became my outlet, taught me to
reach previously unachievable goals, and continues to help
me cope with the many stresses of work and life.
goal in running 21.1 kms in my equipment is that it will
represent the weight of mental injury and illness carried
by those who suffer. I hope that you will support me on
this journey and donate to the Canadian Mental Health
Association supporting its mission of promoting mental
health and helping those with mental illnesses.
you a family member, significant other, or supporter of a client
of CMHA Hamilton?
Please take a few minutes to
complete a survey. You can download a copy of the survey here.
When complete, please return to
CMHA Hamilton . . .
mail: 131 John Street
South, Hamilton, ON L8N 2C3
input is appreciated!
Hamilton warns residents of
(August 7, 2015) – The Canadian Mental Health Association
(CMHA) Hamilton is warning residents of an individual going
door-to-door seeking unauthorized donations.
Branch has received reports that individuals have visited at
least one Hamilton mountain neighbourhood, falsely identifying
themselves as affiliated with CMHA and then asking for
contributions as well as credit card or banking information.
Hamilton does not seek donations in such a way and people who
come to your residence making these requests are not doing so on
our behalf,” said Marilyn Jewell, Executive Director of CMHA
is not the first time that CMHA’s name has been used in
fraudulent activity. Last fall, there were similar reports of
door-to-door solicitation in the Hamilton area.
has notified authorities of this current scam.
here for printable version.
Hamilton's 2015/2016 Annual Report
2015/2016 Annual Report is
here to download a copy.
PATH TO MENTAL WELL-BEING
mental health isn’t about avoiding problems or
trying to achieve a “perfect” life. It’s about
living well and having the tools for coping with difficult
situations even during life’s challenges.
person’s path to mental well-being is unique. We all
have our own goals, our own challenges, our own talents
and our own supports. But good mental health is within