Implementing the Niagara Mental Health and Addictions Charter: Focus Area Group Discussion Themes Summary

On November 12, 2014, fifty (50) people gathered for the initial Niagara Mental Health and Addictions Charter Implementation Phase working session. As a result of their work together, the following focus areas for examining essential building blocks to construct the Implementation Framework for the Niagara Mental Health and Addictions Charter emerged:

  1. Housing and Homelessness
  2. Collaboration for Addictions and Mental Health and Promotion, Prevention, and Primary Care
  3. People with Developmental Disorder/Dual Diagnosis
  4. Student and Workplace Mental Wellness
  5. Student/Youth Transition
  6. Evaluation, Environmental Scan, Communication, Shared Learning
  7. Niagara Suicide Prevention Coalition (NSPC)

A total of thirty-nine (39) people met on various dates in early 2015, to examine each Focus Area through the lens of the 9 Charter Principles. This document provides a summary of those discussions.

Published By: Niagara Connects

Publication Date: June, 2015

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Understanding Psychopathy: Personality, Victim Selection and Prevention @ Brock University - Sean O'Sullivan Theatre
Feb 20 @ 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm

We hear the word “psychopathy” on a regular basis, in the media, on tv, from friends – but individuals do not always understand what psychopathy is, and how psychopathy is associated with the tendency to victimize and victim selection.

This free talk will explore the following questions:

  • What is psychopathy?
  • How might people high on psychopathy engage with people and select victims?
  • What are some recommendations for how individuals can avoid future victimization?

This event is hosted by the Brock University Centre for Lifespan Development Research.

The HeARTistic Journey as Experienced Through Thematic Photography @ Rodman Hall Art Centre
Feb 20 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Dr. Sheila O’Keefe-McCarthy and the Heart Innovation Research Program Team invite you to the next phase of research in the He-ART-istic Journey – a series of photos depicting the words of men and women as they journey through recognition in developing heart disease.

This event is hosted by the Heart Innovation Research Program Team.

Black History Film Series @ Niagara-on-the-Lake Museum
Feb 21 @ 11:30 am

Pack a lunch and learn about the Black experience in Canada. Snacks and refreshments available for purchase. Free admission. Duration is about an hour.

February 14: Journey to Justice (47 min)
February 21: Remember Africville (35 min) & Black Mother, Black Daughter (29 min)
February 28: Speakers for the Dead (50 min)

This series is hosted by the Niagara Historical Society Museum.

Coldest Night of the Year – Project SHARE of Niagara Falls @ St. Paul Catholic High School
Feb 22 @ 4:00 pm – 8:00 pm

The Meridian Credit Union Coldest Night of the Year is a fantastically fun, family-friendly 2, 5 or 10km walk that raises money for the hungry, homeless & hurting in 80+ communities across Canada. By joining the walk in Niagara Falls you will support the 126 families who rely on Project SHARE’s emergency support services every day.

Project SHARE is looking for energetic and motivated community members to become Coldest Night of the Year Team Captains and recruit their families, friends and co-workers to walk and raise funds with them.

This event is hosted by Project SHARE.

Coldest Night of the Year Walk – Start Me Up Niagara @ St. Catharines Market Square
Feb 22 @ 4:00 pm

The Coldest Night of the Year is a family-friendly walk that raises money for charities serving hungry, homeless, and hurting people in our community. This national walk is being held in over 130 locations across Canada.

This event is hosted by Start Me Up Niagara.

Niagara Adapts Seminar @ Brock University - Cairns 207
Feb 25 @ 10:30 am – 12:00 pm

Niagara Adapts is a partnership designed to build innovative climate solutions right here in Niagara. By leveraging resources and expertise from seven municipalities in the Niagara Region and Brock’s Environmental Sustainability Research Centre, the partnership will support collaborative climate change adaptation assessment, planning and implementation.

In this session, municipal climate change coordinators and representatives from the participating municipalities will present on what challenges their municipalities are facing in terms of climate change. Dr. Jessica Blythe will follow these presentations by presenting the findings of the project.

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This event is hosted by the Environmental Sustainability Research Centre at Brock University.

Lunch and Learn: Fight Employee Turnover and Boost Employee Morale @ Johnny Rocco's
Feb 25 @ 12:00 pm – 1:30 pm


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Presented by Deanne D’Elia, Director of Employment and Newcomer Services, YMCA of Niagara

This session is hosted by the Greater Niagara Chamber of Commerce.


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