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Family Mental Health Support Network of Niagara

Public Comments As of March 13, 2020 all in person groups were temporarily suspended. Groups are being offered on FACEBOOK LIVE until the danger of Covid-19 subsides. Visit the website or Facebook page for more information.
Contact Details
Office Phone 905-894-6808
Social Media Facebook
Primary Contact Dan Silver, Program Manager
Alternate Contact Ed Klassen, Facilitator
Site Details
Areas Served Niagara Region
Located In Community Niagara Region
Mailing Address c/o Family Support Network of Niagara 
Pelham Medical Centre 
245 Pelham Rd 
St Catharines, ON L2S 1X8
Service and Access Details
Description (Service) Offering coping skills support and education to families who have a relative with the following mental health issues: depression, bipolar disorder, anxiety disorders, personality disorders and/or schizophrenia. There is no charge to attend the coping skills groups. 
Fee for service includes Capacity Assessment for Property and Family Mediation. 
Groups are for family members and significant others who are providing support to the ill person. Groups run throughout the year in St Catharines, Niagara Falls, Fort Erie, Port Colborne and Welland.  
Topics include but are not limited to: 
* Understanding the symptoms of mental illness 
* Useful community resources 
* Setting limits 
* Problem solving as a family unit 
* Improving two-way communications 
* Effective ways to advocate for a relative 
* Non-violent crisis intervention 
* Psychiatric medications  
* Self-care for the care-giver.  
Guest speakers supplement the facilitators group work. All facilitators are registered mental health professionals as well as family members. Click the following link for more information on these groups 
Private counselling to families and/or the person with the serious mental health issue is offered both in the office and/or in the family home. Specializing in depression, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia and anxiety disorders. 
Capacity Assessment provided as a fee for service. Designated under the Substitute Decisions Act, 1992. 
* Additional suicide intervention training is offered throughout the year.  
* SafeTALK is a 3 hour alertness workshop that prepares anyone over the age of 15, regardless of prior experience or training, to become a suicide-alert helper. Most people with thoughts of suicide don’t truly want to die, but are struggling with overwhelming pain in their lives. Through their words and actions they either directly or indirectly invite help to stay alive. 
* SafeTALK trained helpers can recognize these invitations and take action by connecting them with life-saving intervention resources. Videos and facilitator led discussions illustrate both non-alert and alert responses. Discussion and practice stimulate learning. To learn more, click this link, Suicide Interventions
Hours Mon-Fri hours vary, voice mail checked regularly
Eligibility Ages: 16 year(s) and up 
Adult family members of those with mental health problems
Application Call for information
Languages English
Fees Program - $50/person - SafeTALK workshop ; Service - $80 - Private Counselling Service ; Donation - Voluntary User Fee suggested for the groups ; None - Coping Skills Workshops ; Fee assistance available for counselling services - on a sliding scale basis.
Physical Access Not Applicable - Varies by location - call for details
Other Details
Legal Status (50) Non Profit
Established 1996
Funding Fundraising ; Donations ; United Way - of Niagara Falls and Greater Fort Erie
Meetings Call for information
Service Categories General Counselling Services ~ Mental Illness/Emotional Disabilities ; Mental Health Related Support Groups ~ Mental Illness/Emotional Disabilities ; Suicide Prevention Programs