As the nationwide leader and champion for mental health, CMHA facilitates access to the resources people require to maintain and improve mental health and community integration, build resilience, and support recovery from mental illness and addiction. CMHA York Region and South Simcoe (CMHA-YRSS) is leading the way, driving innovation and integration of services for the best outcomes and experience for clients, families, staff and community partners.
CMHA-YRSS experts work closely with media across York Region, South Simcoe and Ontario to spread public awareness about mental health issues, services and innovations.
All media inquiries and interview requests should be directed to CHMA-YRSS’s communications team by contacting email@example.com.
In The News
Helping teens take control of their thoughts and emotions
September is Suicide Prevention Month: What you can do to provide support
These warning signs and tips can help you protect your loved ones, writes Rebecca Shields
CMHA rolls out new mobile youth walk-in clinic
Since program started as first of its kind in 2015, MOBYSS has served 16,000 York Region and South Simcoe youth
10 charities and non-profits picked for Magna’s Community Fund
“We are incredibly grateful to be chosen as one of the 10 charitable beneficiaries for this year’s Magna Community Fund. This generous contribution to our Mobile Youth Walk-in Clinic (MOBYSS) will help us continue to deliver free medical and mental health support to youth across our community. On behalf of all of us at CMHA-YRSS, thank you for supporting youth mental health!”
'Kids are feeling the pressure': Canadian Mental Health Association rolls out new mobile youth walk-in clinic
Since program started as first of its kind in 2015, MOBYSS has served 16,000 York Region and South Simcoe youth
‘They forget that they’re human too’: Mental health issues peak among York Region high school students
Since the beginning of the pandemic Michelle Hermans, a nurse practitioner with the Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA) York Region South Simcoe, has noticed a decline in the mental health of high school age children.
New mobile mental health clinic will help CMHA reach more students in York, South Simcoe
Since its launch in 2015, the Canadian Mental Health Association of York Region and South Simcoe’s Mobile Youth Walk-In Clinic (MOBYSS) has welcomed more than 2,000 students and youth each year to its safe and welcoming space to receive free medical and mental health care.
You're never too old to find your voice: York Region senior speaks out against mental illness stigma
As part of Mental Health Awareness Month, YorkRegion.com spoke with three people about their personal experiences and insight into how we can all support each other on the road to wellness. Read Jon’s story.
'The first step is the hardest': York Region-Simcoe program helps clients bounce back to mental health
'Such a weight off my shoulders': Markham woman says sharing mental health journey helps with healingRead Constantina’s story.
Aurora family preparing to help break stigma around mental health in upcoming ride
Check out our recent interview on pg. 11 of The Auroran with Ashley Hogue, CMHA’s Sr. Director of Provincial Initiatives who discusses why participating in Mental Health in Motion is important to her
Pedals at the ready as CMHA gears up for Mental Health in Motion
Pedals at the ready as CMHA gears up for Mental Health in Motion! Check out our recent article on pg. 9 of The Auroran featuring CMHA’s Sr. Director of Philanthropy, Catherine Matzig.
105.9 The Region - Coping with Loneliness
CEO, Rebecca Shields joins Ann Rohmer on 105.9 The Region’s podcast to talk about loneliness.
Neighbour Media Charity Spotlight
CMHA was selected as Neighbour Media’s May 2023 Charity Spotlight. It was a pleasure to host Neighbour Media in our Aurora community space for the cover of the May Neighbour Paper featuring Mental Health Advocates, Manha and Laiba. Read the full page feature story on page 38!
CTV Interview on the Dangers of Loneliness
CEO, Rebecca Shields joins CTV News to discuss the topic of loneliness.
Mental Health Week focuses on normalizing conversations
CEO, Rebecca Shields talks about the importance of normalizing conversations about mental health to create safe spaces
How to create a safe space for mental health conversations
Normalize talking about your feelings so others know they’re not alone, writes Rebecca Shields
FairChild TV Interviews Rebecca and CMHA Client
FairChild TV interviews with CMHA-YRSS CEO, Rebecca Shields, and a Community Connections client.
CMHA York Region and South Simcoe Awarded for Commitment to Workplace Culture
Canadian Mental Health Association York Region and South Simcoe (CMHA-YRSS) has been recognized for its extraordinary commitment to creating and maintaining a healthy work environment.
CMHA's York Region South Simcoe wants us to get serious about mental health
Bell Let’s Talk, taking place on Jan. 25, is the perfect catalyst to talk about mental health, writes Rebecca Shields
Local Desjardins agent matching donations for youth mental health
George Rappos is supporting the local CMHA branch for the third year in a row
'Look at what you have and what you can give': Despite darkness, there is light to be found this holiday season
CEO of Canadian Mental Health Association York Region, rabbi and pastor weigh in on bringing back festive cheer amid these challenging times
"Beacons” of support honoured by CMHA York Region-South Simcoe
People who go the extra mile for non-profits are shining stars, and this fall CMHA-YRSS turned the spotlight on their own “Beacons” who have helped light the path for 2022.
Telus Barrie and Simcoe County community board donates to local mental health
Telus Friendly Future Foundation has donated $10,000 to support MOBYSS and youth mental health programs
‘We all want to feel seen’: York Region Santa Fund in business of giving holiday hope
It is an honour to be selected as one of the local nonprofits being supported through the Metroland Santa Fund! Being a part of this special initiative means our clients will receive a token of hope this holiday season.
Aurora Bell Box Murals unify local artists through creativity
Residents can reflect at any one of nine brightly-coloured art pieces located around town
Newmarket, Aurora organizations honoured with Queen's Jubilee pins
Thank you to MP Tony Van Bynen for recognizing and awarding CMHA with the Queen’s Jubilee Pin for the leadership and compassion provided in Newmarket-Aurora.
Chamber announces finalists for 2022 Business Excellence Awards
Representing the non-profit sector this year will be finalists Abuse Hurts, CMHA, and Rose of Sharon.
9-8-8 mental crisis and suicide hotline number to launch November 2023
Rebecca Shields, Chief Executive Officer of the Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA) for York Region and South Simcoe, said that the CMHA is in “complete support” of a 9-8-8 number.
CMHA, Aurora Cultural Centre partner on Bell Box mural program
The new art initiative will transform nine run-of-the-mill Bell telephone boxes into art pieces, responding to Call to Action #83 from the Truth & Reconciliation Commission’s Report.
Let’s think about mental illness Oct. 3 – 9
“Mental illness is an actual health care condition. It’s an illness, so we need to talk about it just like we talk about cancer. It’s an actual biophysical illness,” says CEO, Rebecca Shields.
Mental health support for our older adults must be a priority
By 2031, 1 in 5 York Region residents will be 65 or older, Rebecca Shields writes
Mental Health in Motion raises nearly $175,000 for MOBYSS youth programs
Running, walking or cycling, more than 400 community members in York Region and South Simcoe came together to raise much-needed funds for local mental health programs serving youth.
Coping with Anxiety Disorders
Rodea Casem, Nurse Practitioner from our Community Withdrawal Management program, joins Mental Health Matters to talk about co-occurring disorders.
CMHA-YRSS and CEO, Rebecca Shields recognized with 2022 Diversity Leader Award
CMHA-YRSS and CEO, Rebecca Shields are thrilled to be recognized with the 2022 Diversity Leader Award, from Profiles in Diversity Journal! This award recognizes our commitment and ongoing initiatives to improve inclusivity in our team, programs and community.
Mental Health week focuses on “empathy” and meeting the needs of our changing world
This theme of this year’s Mental Health Week is empathy. read the full-page article on page 3.
How to Manage Stress and Anxiety in Unprecedented Times
In honour of Mental Health Week, taking place from May 2-8, 2022, Rebecca Shields shares ways to safeguard your well-being
How to Cope with Anxiety during the Ease of Restrictions
Lisa Wood, Choices Program Coordinator, joins The Feed to discuss mental health and the pandemic as restrictions ease (Interview begins at 12:40)
'Consequences of worry': Former Ukrainian student praises trauma lessons from Newmarket teacher
‘Dark and scary times’: Cedar Centre’s Brenton Diaz has travelled to Ukraine to teach trauma counselling
Mobile Youth Walk-In Clinic (MOBYSS) Interview
Nuzhat and Ilana from our MOBYSS Team welcomed aboard CBC Toronto to discuss some of the mental health challenges youth have faced throughout the pandemic and how parents can support their youth through these challenges and uncertainties.
BounceBack: The CMHA’s Free Mental Health Program with Rachel Summers
The Niagara Falls Public Library (NFPL) continues conversations about mental health with a look at CMHA’s free BounceBack program. Coach Rachel Summers explains how the program works, and how you can access it for free.
Bouncing Back (with Rachel Summers)
BounceBack couch, Rachel Summers, joins The Revolutionized Mind podcast to share her personal mental health journey and how she is learning to use her empathy and soft skills as an asset in her work at CMHA.
Managing your Mental Health in the New Normal
Dr. Jen Rouse speaks to The Feed about managing your mental health in the new normal.
More People Seeking Mental Health Supports During Pandemic Than Ever Before: CMHA
Now, as we approach the two-year anniversary of COVID-19’s arrival in Ontario, with Omicron and continued uncertainty, more people are accessing mental health supports than at any other time in the pandemic, according to the Canadian Mental Health Association (Ontario).
Character Community: The Podcast Episode 10-Leslie Lamont
On Bell Lets Talk Day, we sit down with youth mental health worker Leslie Lamont to discuss the MOBYSS initiative and how youth can better manage their mental health.
Newmarket-Aurora Receives $33K in Senior Community Grants
The Ontario government is investing over $33,000 through the Seniors Community Grant program to enrich the lives of seniors in Newmarket and Aurora and recognize their significant contributions to the province.
Newmarket Desjardins Agent Gives $10K to Support Youth Mental Health
George Rappos supports CMHA-York Region South Simcoe’s MOBYSS bus program for the second year in a row.
Customize This Year's Holiday Approach to Boost Your Mental Health
Prioritize what works to help foster a happier, healthier holiday season, writes Rebecca Shields.
Seek Help Early for Mental Illness
Stigma and shame a barrier for people to get assistance they need, writes Rebecca Shields.
Before We Have an Economic Recovery, We Need a Mental Health Recovery
COVID-19 has compounded the same mental health and addiction issues we’ve always had, writes Rebecca Shields.
York Region Parents Concerned About How Children Will Cope With Socializing After COVID-19
Canadian Mental Health Association psychologist says it’s important to balance risk of contracting virus with risk of social isolation.
Ontario Trillium Grant Supports Digital Transformation at CMHA York Region
The Canadian Mental Health Association York Region and South Simcoe (CMHA-YRSS) has made some technical advances throughout the pandemic with the help of an Ontario Trillium grant.
Mental Health in Motion Exceeds Fundraising Target by 35%
Canadian Mental Health Association York and South Simcoe event raised more than $168K.
COVID-19 Damage Control: York Region Parents Wonder How Pandemic Will Impact Children
Some young people are experiencing increased stress, anxiety, boredom and social isolation, expert says.
Action Must Follow Budget Promises, Say Mental-Health Advocates
Ottawa must act now to fix Canada’s worsening mental-health crisis, experts say.
Preparing for the '4th Wave': Mental Health Issues Caused by COVID-19, Measures to Fight its Spread
Everyone who needs help must reach out, says Rebecca Shields, CEO of Canadian Mental Health Association, York and South Simcoe.
Mental Health in Motion: Aurora Woman Raises Money for CMHA
Funds will go toward providing superior services for youths.
Registration Now Open for York Region and South Simcoe’s Momentous Fundraising Event for Youth Mental Health Programs
Canadian Mental Health Association hopes to raise $125,000 from first virtual Mental Health in Motion Presented by Staples Canada – cmhainmotion.ca
Telephone counselling set up due to pandemic mental health issues
Help is just a phone call away. Audra brown has more on the helpline specifically for those struggling with mental health issues due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Talking The Talk
An important conversation about important talk.
Access to mental health services must be more equitable
Shorter days and colder weather are known to heavily impact the mental health of Canadians every year, but this winter is especially difficult.
How the pandemic is impacting mental health
CBC News Network’s Sarah Galashan spoke with Deanne Simms, Clinical Director of the Canadian Mental Health Association for York and South Simcoe, of the impact this pandemic is having on the mental health of Canadians.
Canadian Mental Health Association introduces counselling telephone line
York, South Simcoe line operates Monday to Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
'Fill a critical gap:' Province planning York Region mental health and addictions hub
Canadian Mental Health Association of York and South Simcoe applauds announcement