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October '13

Mental Health in Waterloo Region 

Thea Trussler 

In 2013 the Canadian Mental Health Association, Waterloo, Wellington, Dufferin branch was formed to create the largest CMHA in Canadian history.

It was an amalgamation of CMHA Grand River Branch and Trellis Mental Health and Developmental Services. The amalgamation will minimize challenges navigating the mental health care system as it will provide centralized contact for all mental health services. 

Services offered by CMHA-WWD are available to anyone from early childhood years to senior years. Services include: 
  • crisis line and distress line services available 24/7. The crisis line connects to a mobile crisis team that goes out into the community to speak face to face with the person. 
  • Self Help Alliance…a peer navigation group whose volunteers have experience assisting others deal with the mental health issues in their life 
  • Employment Services available to persons with any disability, not just mental health barriers to employment. The services assist people to return to work and may include retraining.  
  • Eating Disorders group.
  • Support coordination is available for those requiring more intensive mental health supports for daily living. This service also includes supported housing search, supports for doctor’s appointments and daily living skillls. 
  • Education services, including training options for community members on suicide prevention 
Many of the programs are offered at the school level. All services are free of charge. Funding comes from a variety of provincial, federal, and charitable organizations such as the United Way. 

Feel free to drop in tothe local Centre for Mental Health at 67 King St. E, Kitchener to browse our brochures and community partner’s brochures. Open Mon-Fri 9-5pm.

Editors Note: Thea is the daughter of our club member Dick Trussler.