CMHA Brant Haldimand Norfolk & True Experience Supportive Housing & Work Program in Dunnville, ON are partnering again for Ride Don’t Hide 2017

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  • Registrations open now for Dunnville Ride on Sunday, June 25, 2017

Interested in Sponsorship? Click here for our 2017 RDH Sponsorship Package for further details


Your dollars at work – Canadian Mental Health Association, Brant Haldimand Norfolk Branch

Who We Are:

The Canadian Mental Health  Association, Brant  Haldimand Norfolk Branch is a charitable non-profit  agency contributing to the mental well being of the community through education and support     services to all persons 16 years of age and over with mental illness, mental  disorders and their families in a safe, discrimination free environment.

Services Include:

  • The Alternatives Activity Centre provides a range of social and recreational  activities. Daily programming promotes the recovery and empowerment of each person through participation in the planning and delivery of activities. Life Skills Groups are  available to assist people in developing personal  resources and skills. Other skill-building groups and information sessions may be offered as well.
  • The Community Support Program provides intensive case management support to people with serious and persistent mental illness. Case Managers assist persons with various self-directed goals geared to working towards recovery. 
  • The Counselling Program offers individual and group counselling services to persons 16 years of age and older, living with serious mental illness. The program uses a client centered     approach to assist in a person’s recovery process and healing journey.
  • The Mental Health Court Support Program is available to assist individuals with a mental health issue, developmental delay, addictions/concurrent disorder, or an acquired brain injury who come into contact with the criminal justice system. The program includes Mental Health Diversion; Court Support Case Management and Consultation.
  • The Crisis Stabilization Bed Program is intended to assist individuals coping with a mental health crisis to remain in the community and divert from unnecessary hospitalization. This accessible service is based in Simcoe and is available for all three counties. The program is staffed 24/7 by Mental Health Workers and is accessible to persons 16 years of age and older who have been assessed as medically stable, and not a safety risk to themselves or others. It is available for up to seven days.
  • The Family Support Program provides Information to families and friends who are caregivers to persons living with mental illness. Services include:  Information on coping with mental health     concerns within the family; locating services, supports and navigating the system; support and education groups on mental illness and suicide bereavement; information evenings.
  • Housing SupportCMHA BHN has been providing affordable housing since the mind 1980’s to individuals who financially qualify and have been diagnosed with mental illness. Our current 200 housing locations are spread throughout the three counties, with locations based on the preference of the  applicant, family size and availability. The agency owns rental units located in Simcoe and Brantford. We also partner with private landlords and local municipalities, to offer supplementary payments towards rent and/or utilities. A support team of CMHA housing staff are available to help tenants achieve their goals and live successfully in the community.
  • Mental Health Promotion & Education is provided to increase awareness and understanding of mental health, mental illness and to reduce its associated stigma through community education and trainings such as:

           – Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (A.S.I.S.T.)

           –  SafeTalk (Suicide Alertness Training)

           – Mental Health First Aid (Basic and Youth  centered)

           –  Mental Health Works (Workplace Mental Health)

           –  Custom-made trainings upon request

           –  Symposiums and conferences on mental health related topics

  • The Peer Support Program (seconded from H.O.P.E.) is unique, in that Peer Support Workers have experienced recovery personally. Services include:. Emotional support; assistance with a variety of tasks and problem-solving; Information about  community resources; Mentoring, focus on recovery and validation.
  • Vocational Support Services assist persons with a mental health disorder to obtain and maintain employment,  education and volunteer opportunities. Vocational workers in the Works for Me and Sustainable Employment Initiative programs are available to help clients establish their vocational goals.


 Your dollars at work – True Experience Supportive Housing & Community Work Program

True Experience Supportive Housing and Community Work Program is a client-centered program that started in 1981. Using a holistic approach to support people living with mental illness, True Experience is held in high regard by the community, clients and peers.

 Supportive Housing:

 We operate a seven bed transitional/congregate living residence named “Opportunity House”, and apart from offering affordable housing, also focuses on teaching activities of daily living, personal budget management and involvement in the decision making process. The Supportive Housing Program also offers supports to clients living independently in the community.

  •  Medium support accommodation
  • Assistance and support to the resident in attaining his/her optimum level of functioning
  • Assistance to resident in preparing for independent living in the community
  • Promotion of effective use of leisure time through development of social and recreational skills
  • Encouragement to the resident to develop wellness strategies (medication compliance, healthy lifestyle choices)
  • Encouragement to resident to increase involvement in work activities, continuation of education and/or volunteerism
  • Advocacy for resident with landlords and other community services
  • Limited crisis intervention (medical, psychiatric, situational)
  • Family education and support
  • Community outreach and education

 Community Work Program:

 The Community Work Program provides vocational training skills development and employment through the following activities:

  •  Spring and Fall Property Cleanups
  • Seasonal Lawn Maintenance
  • Seasonal Snow Removal
  • Janitorial Contracts
  • Small moves
  • Basement, shed are garage clean out
  • Piecework, Packaging, Sub-AssemblyThe True Experience Community Work Program provides:
  • Fair wage paid for work done
  • Safe, healthy and supportive work environment
  • Support to participants who wish to secure private sector employment
  • Non-institutionalized program – “Reality Based”
  • Encouragement to increase work/skills training/hours of participation

 Another benefit of the Community Work Program goes beyond supporting people living with mental illness – it also helps seniors stay in their homes longer, living independently. True Experience takes care of the outside of their property so they can continue to enjoy the inside.

 Customer Testimonials:

“Since I’ve been widowed and my health has deteriorated I very much appreciate your services! Many thanks!  K.A.

“The service is exceptional and very professional. Thank you.” D.H.

“I think this is a great service and good for our community. Keep up the good work.”  B.C.

“I am very satisfied with all the services provided. I sincerely appreciate the respect that I am always shown.  It is wonderful to know that I am in good hands – one less thing to worry about.  Many thanks.”  W.D.

“It was a positive experience and well worth the fee. Thank you.” J.D.

Social Recreation – Club T.R.U.E.:

 There is a definite connection between the extent of face-to-face contact time and quantified mental health. Research suggests that people who experience large amounts of social interaction tend to have less stress, thereby improving their mood and overall mental health.

To that end, it is recognized that a work-life balance is a vital component to everyone’s health and well-being. As part of the holistic approach to support people living with mental illness, True Experience offers a variety of social recreation programs.

The activities that take place in the “clubhouse” are designed to stimulate physical activity, social interaction and a sense of community and belonging. There are scheduled activities such as pool, darts, and euchre.  These indoor activities provide a routine and stimulation particularly during the winter months…and more importantly – something to look forward to!

The RACE Program (Relaxation and Creative Expression) is a psycho-social skill building art program whereby participants learn relaxation techniques to reduce stress. This offered annually in February/March.

To compliment the indoor activities, clients also participate in the walking club, skating and community kitchen. During the warmer months, volleyball, horseshoes and bocce ball and barbeques take place on site.

Inside or outside, physical activities and healthy socialization are good for the heart and soul and contribute to a balanced lifestyle.

 Client Testimonials:

“I feel this is a highly effective program which should be in every community. Love the program.”


“I now enjoy socializing even though I’m not really a people person.” Anon

“Helps me with hand eye coordination.” Anon

“I feel good after the walk”. Anon

“It helps me with my energy level the rest of the day.” Anon

“Best for me…once again I’m trying to improve my health by losing weight.” Anon

“I look forward to playing pool.” Anon

“Today I felt like a somebody.” Anon

“It feels so good to get back to work.” Anon







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A special  thank you to all the riders, sponsors, donors, volunteers who helped make Ride Don’t Hide 2016 in Dunnville a very special experience for everyone! We appreciate everyone’s support! Ride Don’t Hide 2017 is on June 25—check back soon for event details!

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Please note: There will be no rides in Brantford and Brant County this year. Please come out and support our neighbours in Haldimand County. Monies raised stay local to support mental health programs at the Canadian Mental Health Association, Brant Haldimand Norfolk Branch

 Interested in Sponsorship? Click here for our Sponsorship Information Package for further details

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We thank our 2016 Community Sponsors:



       Cooperman  Chapman Chartered Accountants

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 Pharmasave Brantford

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Millards Chartered Professional Accountants, Simcoe

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 Cooperators  Cooperators Logo

HFW Holdings 

 Pete’s Engines, Dunnville  Petes engine repair

 Medicine Shoppe, St. George  Medicine Shoppe logo

 Pharmasave Hagersville  Pharmasave Logo


CIBC Dunnville 

Dulmage Dental Arts, Dunnville 

Dunville Vet Clinic 

E.J. Pet Care, Dunnville 

Egger Enviro Ltd.

Fit n Trim, Brantford

Hart Funeral Home, Dunnville

Millards Chartered Accountants, Brantford

Oak Ridge Cabinets

RBC Dunnville

Vic Powell Welding Ltd., Dunnville

Zamboni Brantford

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Mike Benin, Executive Director of CMHA Brant & Haldimand Norfolk Branches, accepting cheque from David Trask, Commerical Account Manager, RBC Lynden Road. Thank you!

Mike Benin, Executive Director of CMHA Brant & Haldimand Norfolk Branches, accepting cheque from David Trask, Commerical Account Manager, RBC Lynden Road. Thank you!


Mike Benin, Executive Director CMHA Brant & Haldimand Norfolk Branches, accepting cheque from Fran Haskett, Small Business Manager Scotiabank Simcoe Branch. Thank you!


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Scotiabank – Simcoe Branch

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MyFM 98.9 Simcoe



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CKPC AM 1380 & Jewel 92 Brantford

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Millards Chartered Professional Accountants, Brantford Location

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  Pharmasave Logo Pharmasave Brantford

Bronze Sponsor $500

International Brotherhood of Boilermakers Local 128 Ontario General Fund Pharmasave Hagersville Van Rybroeck Consulting Services

Community 100- $250 +

Clarence Street Dental Group Frank Cowan Company Medicine Shoppe – St. George

In Kind

Affordable Portables Balloons Etc. Brant County Power Brant  Cycling Club Brantford Tourism Cyclepath Brantford Joan Minnery M & M Meat Shops – King George Road location Norfolk Hub Pro Knitting Mills Shoppers Drug Mart – Simcoe Location Sobeys Simcoe Starbucks Brantford St. George Foodland Water Depot


Anonymous Donation, Boston Pizza gift card M & M Meat Shops, King George Road S.C. Johnson The Bicycle Shop, Brantford The Shire Restaurant & Brew Pub, Simcoe 211 Main, Port Dover Movati Athletic Norfolk Fitness, Simcoe

 Thank you to the City of Brantford, the County of Brant, Norfolk County

and the Ontario Trillium Foundation for their support of Ride Don’t Hide Brant Haldimand Norfolk


CMHA Brant County Programs & Services

Our Vision is for a stigma-free society that believes mental health is the key to well being.

Our Mission is to promote a positive approach to mental health among all people in Brantford & Brant County, and to enhance the quality of life of individuals living with mental illness and their families, through   leadership, education,

Mental Health Programs

  • Community Support Services
  • Counselling Program
  • Court Support/Court Diversion Program
  • Vocational Support Services
  • Supportive Housing Program
  • Social Recreation Program
  • Life Skills Groups

Family Support Services

  • Information & Groups for family and friends
  • NAMI Family to Family Education Group
  • Families Caring, Families Sharing Support Group
  • Suicide Bereavement Support Group

Mental Health Promotion & Education

  • Community workshops,
  • Education and training in various topics related to mental illness and suicide prevention
  • Workplace Wellness initiatives

Contact Information: CMHA Brant County Branch, 44 King Street, Suite 203, Brantford, ON N3T 3C7  Telephone: 519-752-2998  Fax:519-752-2717 Website: www.brant.cmha.ca  Email: mail@cmhabrant.on.ca

CMHA Haldimand Norfolk Programs and Services:

CMHA Haldimand Norfolk operates several programs dedicated to assisting people who are coping with mental illness and mental disorders. The services are: – Client Centered – Tailored to meet individual needs – Designed and implemented to promote independence At CMHA, we strive to provide quality services to enhance, maintain and promote the mental health of individuals in our communities. Case Management Services

  • Concurrent Disorders
  • Complex Needs
  • Urgent & Transitional Needs
  • Linking with community services
  • Monitoring of mental illness and symptoms
  • Helping to develop better coping strategies
  • Life and social skills development
  • Developing and maintaining independence
  • Education Supports
  • Employment/Volunteering Supports
  • Health and Wellness

Crisis Stabilization Bed Program (CSB)

  • Service is voluntary. Assists individuals coping with a mental health crisis to remain in the community and divert from unnecessary hospitalization
  • Is a brief reprieve in a safe and secure environment
  • Staffed 24/7 by Mental Health Workers
  • Accessible to men and women 16 years of age and older, who have been assessed as medically stable and are not a safety risk to themselves or others
  • Available for up to 7 days or more
  • Fully accessible
  • Supportive Counselling
  • Case Management Support
  • Referral to other community services
  • Relapse Prevention Planning
  • Follow-up Support


  • Affordable housing available for low income individuals living with serious and persistent mental illness

Court Support Program

  • Mental Health Diversion
  • Case Management (Court Support)
  • Consultation

Mental Health Promotion & Education

  • ASIST (Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training)
  • Mental Health First Aid (Adult & Youth Training)
  • Printed materials available to the public
  • Forums and Education responding to community need

RACE Program

  • The RACE Program (Relaxation and Creative Expression) is a psycho-social skill building program offered to agency clients. Participants explore their expressive energies through the implementation of various creative mediums (paint, clay, collage, etc.) while learning relaxation and meditation techniques to reduce stress. The program runs for eight weeks, comprised of one 3 hour session per week.

Contact Information: CMHA Haldimand Norfolk Branch, 395 Queensway West, Simcoe, ON N3Y 2N4 Telephone: 519-428-2380 or 1-888-750-7778  Website: hn.cmha.ca

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