September 14, 2016


  Ontario, Canada

 Hamilton | Ancaster | Dundas | Flamborough| Glanbrook | Stoney Creek


131 John Street South
Hamilton, Ontario
L8N 2C3

(905) 521-0090

(905) 521-0211




CMHA Hamilton is an identified French Language Service organization

Accreditation Canada

Ministry of Health

and Long-Term Care


Canadian Mental Health Association,

Hamilton Branch 

131 John Street South

Hamilton, ON

L8N 2C3


tel: (905) 521-0090

email: info@cmhahamilton.ca



Share Your Opinion with CMHA Ontario


Clients, 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 Division.

CMHA 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.

With 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.

If 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 the branch.

CMHA Hamilton marks World Suicide Prevention Day

On 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 of suicide.

More 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 of suicide.

CMHA 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.

  • Staying connected with a care team or community-based program to help manage stress and monitor for thoughts of suicide

  • Building social support networks, such as family, friends, a peer support or support group, or connections with a cultural or faith community.

  • Learning good coping skills to deal with problems, and trusting in coping abilities

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 cmarenick@cmhahamilton.ca or (905) 521-0090 ext. 245 or jdennison@cmhahamilton.ca (905) 521-0090 ext. 262


Our First Ride Don't Hide

Was a Resounding Success!

On 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!  Incredible!

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 outstanding.

In the end we will have a significant amount of new funding to assist the clients served by CMHA Hamilton.

Thank you to everyone who participated and contributed to the success of our ride. Your contribution made a difference!

We look forward to June 25, 2017 when CMHA Hamilton will again host Ride Don't Hide.

Click here to view a selection of photos from RDH 2016

Click here to register for CMHA Hamilton's 2017 Ride Don't Hide event.

Watch the 2016 Ride Don't Hide Thank you video.



Andrew Poustie to run in support of CMHA

On 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.  

Click here to download a donation form.  Once complete, you can return it via email to info@cmhahamilton.ca, fax 905-667-0393, or by mail to CMHA Hamilton, 131 John St. S., Hamilton, ON, L8N 2C3.

If you prefer to donate via telephone, please contact CMHA Hamilton at (905) 521-0090.

Thank you Andrew!

Andrew's Story . . .


My 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 and equipment.


I 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.


My 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.


We welcome your feedback

Are 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 . . .

email: info@cmhahamilton.ca

fax:  905-667-0393

mail:  131 John Street South, Hamilton, ON   L8N 2C3

Your input is appreciated!

News Release

CMHA Hamilton warns residents of fraudulent donor solicitation

(August 7, 2015) – The Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA) Hamilton is warning residents of an individual going door-to-door seeking unauthorized donations.

The 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.

CMHA 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 Hamilton.  

This 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.

CMHA has notified authorities of this current scam.

Click here for printable version.

CMHA Hamilton's 2015/2016 Annual Report

Our 2015/2016 Annual Report is now available. Click here to download a copy.





Good  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.

Each 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 everyone’s reach.



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