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Wednesday June 27, 2018

This safe, outdoor space will be an extension of the support and care we give children within the walls of the Branscombe Mental Health Centre. Children will be able to spend time in our sideways tree, spotting butterfies, tucking inside a log tunnel and foraging in the garden. Our clinicians can also utilize this space for outdoor group therapy. Our greenspace will also be a supportive place for children to deconstruct their session with their parents/caregivers as they work towards recovery. 

Natural Playground and Healing Garden

Monday May 7, 2018

May 7-13, 2018 is Children's Mental Health Awareness Week!

This week is about increasing awareness of the signs of child and youth mental health problems, decreasing stigma, understanding that help is available and "Treatment Works".  Keep an eye out for landmarks across the Niagara Region that will shine green to raise awareness of this week (Niagara Falls, Peace Bridge, Skylon Tower, Welland Bridge, Pelham arches) 

Why green?  Today we use green to signify new life, new growth and new beginnings. 

Wear green coloured clothing or a green ribbon to help raise public awareness and show support to children, youth and families dealing with mental health issues. 

Friday April 27, 2018
Tuesday April 10, 2018

To our fellow Canadians from Sasketchewan, the Humboldt Broncos Junior Hockey Team:

Our hearts go out to all the families, friends, Humboldt community and all who have been affected by this terrible tragedy.

#saskatchewanstrong #humboldtbroncos #humboldtstrong #putyoursticksout

Monday February 26, 2018


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE- February, 26th 2018

Walk-in clinic opening, offering immediate Mental Health Counselling for children/ youth.

St. Catharines, ON - As of Tuesday, February 27th, Walk-in Mental Health counselling for children and youth and their parents and caregivers will be available at Pathstone Mental Health.

This clinic will operate three days per week at the Branscombe Mental Health Centre, in St. Catharines, offering single session, one-on-one service with a Pathstone Mental Health therapist.

Those aged six to 17 who are experiencing feelings of sadness, worry or anger, are being bullied, are getting into trouble at school, home or in the community, are dealing with a personal issue, feel they may hurt themselves or have other concerns on their mind can visit the clinic. 

Important to note, there is no fee for service, no appointment necessary and you do not require a health card.

Parents and caregivers can also use the walk-in clinic for children under the age of six, if they are concerned about social and emotional challenges their children may be having.

The Walk-In Clinic will be held at Branscombe Mental Health Centre located at 1338 Fourth Avenue in St. Catharines, Ontario each Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday from 9 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. (The last appointment will be taken at 3:00 p.m.)

Please note, fees to park on-site are as follows: $2 for the first hour $4 max 

Accepted payment methods include: credit, debit and cash.

Media Contact – for Questions / Interviews;

Kim Rossi – Director of Philanthropy & Public Relations

Pathstone Mental Health/ Pathstone Foundation

p. 905.688.6850 x 167  e. [email protected] 

Tuesday February 13, 2018

Starting Tuesday, February 27th, Walk-in Mental Health counselling for children and youth and their parents and caregivers will be available at Pathstone Mental Health.

Located at the Branscombe Mental Health Centre, in St. Catharines, this three day per week clinic will offer single session, one-on-one service with a Pathstone Mental Health therapist.

Those between the ages of six and 17 years old can come to the walk-in clinic if they are:

  • Feeling sad, worried or angry
  • Having fights with your parents
  • Being bullied
  • Dealing with a personal issue
  • Feeling like you might hurt yourself
  • Suffering because someone has hurt you
  • Getting in trouble at school, home or in the community
  • Feeling like you are being treated unfairly

Or if there is anything else on your mind!

*Parents and caregivers can also use the walk-in clinic for children under the age of six, if they are concerned about child related ages and stages, are constantly arguing with their child or are worried about their child’s social and emotional challenges.

Walk-In Clinic

Dates: Every Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday (beginning Tuesday, Feb 27th)

Time:  9:30 – 4:30 pm (last appointment will be taken at 3:30 pm)
Location:  Branscombe Mental Health Centre, 1338 Fourth Avenue in St. Catharines, Ontario

One-on-one therapy with a Pathstone Mental Health Therapist

No Appointment * No fee * No Health Card required

Monday January 29, 2018

Pathstone Foundation is pleased to announce this year’s Hope Award Gala Signature guest speaker is Steven Page.

As one of Canada’s most recognized artists, Page enjoyed two decades of success as the co-founder and lead singer of Barenaked Ladies with whom he will be inducted into the Canadian Music Hall of Fame in March, 2018.  As a solo artist, Page has continued his musical evolution; writing six Stratford Festival scores, touring with Art of Time Ensemble and TransCanada Highwaymen all while continuing to release and perform  original music under his own name across North America and beyond.

In 2011, while serving as a guest host on CBC’s “The Current,” Page acknowledged his own struggles with depression. Response to his intelligent, honest and candid approach to the subject was overwhelmingly positive and since then, Page has been in demand as a speaker on the topic.

He’s addressed countless audiences of all ages, including college and university students, speaking about his experiences, mental health awareness and fighting the stigma. “When we educate everyone about the truths and myths of mental health, we can open up the dialogue and get down to business of promoting good mental health.”

A witty, articulate and refreshingly forthright speaker, Page is utterly at home onstage. Expect his keynote speech to be filled with personal stories and observations, intertwined with performances of some of his original music. 

This truly unique night is not to be missed. Trust, this year’s the Hope Award Gala in support of Pathstone Foundation will be a sold out event.

Date: Friday, June 1st
Location: Fallsview Casino’s Grand Ballroom
Itinerary: Reception (6PM) – Dinner (7PM) – Steven Page (8:30PM)
Tickets: $155 pp / $1,550 per table (10)
Box Office: Secure Online Purchase

For sponsorship opportunities – Please contact:
Kim Rossi – Director of Philanthropy & Public Relations -Pathstone Foundation
c. 289.969.8342  e. [email protected]

Sunday January 7, 2018

Niagara Falls Mayor's Youth Advisory committee along with many community partners created this video to highlight Mental Health resources for youth in Niagara

You are not alone! Mental Health Resources for teens at high schools in the Niagara Region.

Thursday December 21, 2017

Written by Children’s Mental Health Ontario with clinical advice provided by Children First, Crossroads Children’s Centre and Central Toronto Youth Services

Many Ontario families will be juggling more than just the normal stress of challenging relatives and shopping this holiday season. Currently, one in five Ontario children and youth are suffering from mental health issues and a recent Children’s Mental Health Ontario (CMHO) Ipsos Public Affairs poll shows that over half of parents have had concerns over their child’s anxiety. The holidays can be stressful for all families but are an especially trying time for children who have previously, or who are currently, struggling with behavior or mental health issues. This time of year can bring up negative feelings for kids who have suffered a traumatic event, or can be a renewal of grief for those who have lost loved ones. Reduced sunlight and time outside can also trigger bouts of depression or seasonal affective disorder.

All of this would be stressful enough without the added expectation that this should be “the happiest time of the year.” This is why CMHO and some of its Toronto member agencies Children First, Crossroads Children’s Centre and Central Toronto Youth Services, have gathered the following tips to help everyone enjoy their holidays just a little bit more.

Holiday Mental Wellness Tips:

  1. Plan your schedule in advance. Allow your child the prep time to prepare for what will happen before an event, party or outing. Share with them who will be at each event, where you are going and try to answer all their questions. Discuss what situations may arise and come up with a plan that will work for all of you. If your child is a teenager, you can discuss and negotiate what the plan will be.
  2. Make sure everyone is eating and sleeping. Especially for your younger children, try not to vary too widely from meal times and sleeping routines. This may not be plausible all the time. But do your best. For teenagers, try to ensure they go to sleep and wake up at reasonable hours, it’s not a school day, but sleeping until 2pm and going to bed at 3 am isn’t recommended.
  3. Have realistic expectations. Things don’t need to go perfectly, adjust where needed. For example, does it make more sense for your family to spend one hour at the party rather than five hours?
  4. Communicate openly about feelings with your child. Discuss with them how they are feeling, or what’s making them anxious. Be available throughout any outings or parties so they know they can come to you for support if they need it. A little one-on-one time throughout the holidays will help you get a better sense of how your child is feeling.
  5. Find a quiet place and plan ahead for boredom. Find a spot during a holiday activity or party where your child (or you) can go for a break. Don’t force your child to interact with other kids or adults if they don’t want to. Let them have that time on their own to regroup. If your child is young, bring books or a bag of special toys. If your teenager needs to decompress with a game on their phone, that’s ok. Make sure to check in periodically with how they are doing to make sure everyone is still enjoying the activity, or if maybe some quiet time is needed.
  6. Don’t worry about other people’s judgements. People may ask insensitive questions or make comments about your child’s behaviour. Sometimes they are trying to be rude, other times, they’re just trying to understand. Have a quick sentence or two ready that explains your child’s issues. This will help you stay calm and to keep from overreacting.
  7. Take care of you. The holidays can be a stressful and anxious time for parents too. Make sure that you are eating, sleeping and enjoying the holidays as well. Maintain healthy boundaries. Take time when you need it, don’t feel guilty saying no when you need to. Do what is best for you and your family.

If your child is in a crisis, please call 911 or go to your nearest emergency department directly.

If you need mental health crisis support for children / youth please contact Pathstone Crisis Services 24/7, 365 days a year at 1-800-263-4944