Wednesday, January 8th at 8 p.m. at the St. Catharines Central Library in downtown St. Catharines, Ontario
An Invite to All from the Niagara District Council of Women
Posted January 6th, 2020 on Niagara At Large
At 8 p.m. on Wednesday January 8th, the Niagara District Council of Women is holding an public forum on ‘ Youth and Mental Health Changing Perspectives-Providing Services’ at the St. Catharines Central Library .
Our panel includes the advocacy team, ‘Change the Perspective’, whose members experienced mental health challenges as youth, and as adults are successfully living with mental illness.
As Co-ordinator of the team, Cheryl Booth, of Gateway Residential and Community Services says, “the key to the groups’ success lies in telling their life stories in order to break the stigma and reveal the face of mental illness through education and sensitivity.”
The Team members having faced many failures, but also successes , within our provincial, federal and local community service systems, will also share their knowledge about the successful resources related to mental illness, addiction, housing and peer support.
On the provision- of – services front , Panel member Bill Helmeczi, Director of Strategic Standards and Practices for Pathstone Mental Health, will highlight the efforts made by this organization to provide much needed youth services region-wide.
For instance, Pathstone, in partnership with the District School Board of Niagara, has recently set up day-treatment classes in Welland’s Eastdale Secondary School, and over the past few years has established youth “Hear and Now Walk- In clinics in Welland, Niagara Falls, Fort Erie, Niagara-on-the-Lake, Grimsby, Beamsville, Port Colborne and St. Catharines.
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