Rally of Hope will be held Thursday in downtown St.Catharines to mark World Mental Health Day

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A rally of hope will be held in St.Catharines Thursday night to mark World Mental Health Day.

The event is being organized by Niagara United and will see residents gather at Memorial Park at 7pm.

Organizer Wendi Duggan from Niagara United says this year's event will celebrate the progress Niagara has made in the last year addressing suicide prevention, including getting the region to fund barriers at a downtown bridge.

Duggan says residents will then march down to the bridge as an expression of hope to the community.

World Mental Health Day is observed on 10 October every year, with the overall objective of raising awareness of mental health issues around the world and mobilizing efforts in support of mental health.

The Day provides an opportunity for all stakeholders working on mental health issues to talk about their work, and what more needs to be done to make mental health care a reality for people worldwide.

Here is a list of resources if you or someone you know needs help:


Suicide Prevention and Crisis/Distress Services Niagara:

Those at immediate risk for suicide call 911

If you or someone you know is in crisis or at risk for suicide:

COAST 1-866-550-5205 x 1   (Adults 16+)

Pathstone Mental Health 1-800-263-4944 (Children and Youth)

Distress Centre Niagara 905-688-3711 (St. Catharines, Niagara Falls and Area all ages)

Crisis Services Canada 1-833-456-4566

Kids Help Phone  1-800-668-6868 24/7 texting service is accessible immediately to youth anywhere in Canada by texting TALK to 686868

Jeunesse J’ecoute  1-800-668-6868 TEXTO to 686868 to reach a French-speaking Crisis Responder

First Nations and Inuit Hope for Wellness Help Line  1-855-242-3310

Ontario Text and Chat Service:

Dial 741741 from a mobile device  - service available 2 – 7 p.m., 7 days a week

Centralized Access Services for Mental Health, Addictions and Community Supports in Niagara:

Mental Health and Addictions Access Line:  1-866-550-5205 Ext 2  (Adult 16+)

Contact Niagara:  1-800-933-3617  (Children and Youth)

InCommunities:  211 (all ages)


Other Helpful Urgent and emergency resources:

Lesbian Gay Bi Trans Youth Line 1-800-268-9688

Domestic Violence Hotline : Gillian's Place 905-684-8331

Sexual Abuse Hotline: Niagara Sexual Assault Centre- 905-682-4584

Child Abuse Hotline: Family and Children's Services- 1-888-937-7731

Emergency Shelters :   Southridge 905-682-9901  Salvation Army 905-684-7813  (Full list available through 211)

Youth Shelter : The RAFT 905-984-4365  Nightlight (905) 358-3678  (Full list available through 211)

Adult Mental Health Urgent and Walk in services: Canadian Mental Health Association (times and locations of walk in available through Mental Health and Addictions Access Line – 1-866-550-5205 ext 2 Child and Youth Urgent and Walk in Services : Pathstone Mental Health 1-800-263-4944

Parent Resouce: Parent Talk Line 905-688-8248 or 1-888-505-6074 ext. 7555

Family Resources:  Mental Health: Family Mental Health Support Network 905-894-6808

Substance Abuse Urgent/prompt services: Community Addiction Services of Niagara 905-684-1183

Alcoholics Anonymous: Niagara (905) 682-2140

Housing Help (905) 984-8955

Seniors Services: Gatekeepers 905-684-0968