You Are Invited to a Public Forum on Youth and Mental Health Challenges and Services

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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