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Ontario Budget Announcement

Read more about the implications for Addictions and Mental Health

Take a look at the Mental Health Matters Newsletter read more about it here .Youth Engagement Campaign


Take a look at the details of the campaign here


Name change effective April 1st

Effective April 1st our name is Canadian Mental Health Association Waterloo Wellington Dufferin Branch.  Our services and contact information remain the same at this time.

There are other services besides mental health services that are provided to residents of Wellington County, such as developmental services and inclusion support services.  These services remain a part of the organization but will have a unique name and logo to recognize their distinct purpose and focus. 

We are working to change our website to provide you with an overview of our services and information about upcoming events.


Today February 12th is Bell Let's Talk Day

Bell will donate 5 cents to help fund mental health initiatives accross Canada for every:

* For every text message sent

* Long Distance Call Made

* Tweet using #BellLetsTalk

* Facebook share of their Bell Let's Talk Image

Check out their website for more information

Trellis and CMHA Grand River Branch move forward with partnership

On January 31st, 2013 the boards of directors of both organizations unanimously agreed to amalgamate effective April 1st, 2013.  At that time, the amalgamated organization will become the Canadian Mental Health Association Waterloo Wellington Dufferin.

A message to our community partners and service recipients.

Veuillez trouver ici attachée l’annonce concernant la fusion de Trellis et CMHA

Read about the new board opportunities here

Get Involved in Conquering Mental Health Stigma

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Take a look at how you can get involved in our Youth Engagement Project and the benefits of joining


Trellis launches a Walk-In Service for Children, Youth and their Families

We've expanded our services to better meet your needs.  Trellis is offering a Walk-In Service for children, youth (ages 6 through 17) and their families.  Every Tuesday from 1:30 to 5:30 pm at our Silvercreek office, Clinicians are available to discuss your service needs. 


Children's Mental Health Week - May 6th through 12th

Join us as we celebrate Children's Mental Health Week.  We've been busy planning multiple events, including showing our support for children's mental health on May 9th by wearing green. To see what we are doing, click here.  

Dr. Richard Zayed will speak about the impact of adverse early life experiences, attachment and trauma on May 10th in Fergus.  For information, click here.


Trellis and CMHA GRB seek partnership to improve services and increase capacity

For more information, please see attached media release regarding Trellis and CMHA's commitment to enter into partnership negotiations for decision.  Click here.

Also attached is a letter to stakeholders providing more details.  Click here.


Guelph Mercury reports on partnership story.  Click here.


OCAN - watch for info on this new assessment tool


Sixteen local service agencies gather to share with the Community on addiction and mental health services

Trellis and Guelph General Hospital are hosting a coffee break with local community agencies who deliver mental health and addiction services in our community.  For more information, click here.


Trellis provides its first French language mental health services through OTN

Following months of preparation, the first French language mental health telemedicine session was held on September 29th at the Delhi St. office.  The French Language Mental Health Telemedicine initiative was officially introduced on March 31st, 2011.  Since that time, Coordinator Christine Gilles has been recruiting French speaking psychiatrists from across the province, and developing the protocols, processes and policies to ensure the program's success. This initiative was spearheaded by the Waterloo Wellington Local Health Integration Network in support of Ontario's commitment to serving the French speaking community and to the French Language Services Act.

The service involves connecting an individual sitting in front of a video camera in an office in Waterloo-Wellington with a French speaking psychiatrist in another area of Ontario through the Ontario Telemedicine Network (OTN). Both the person and the psychiatrist can see and speak with each other through a television camera and monitor. OTN operates the largest telemedicine network in the world, making Ontario a world leader in using videconferencing technology to facilitate access to health care services.

"Its exciting to finally launch this program and to be able to provide mental health consultation to francophone residents of Waterloo-Wellington in their own language," said Christine Gilles.  "Better care is provided when one is able to speak to a health professional using one's first language"

"By working collaboratively with the Waterloo Wellington Local Health Integration Network, partner Family Health Teams, and the Ontario Telemedicine Network, we will ensure that local francophone residents will have the best opportunity to address their mental health concerns" said Fred Wagner, Executive Director.  "We've also created a new network of psychiatrists capable of providing telemedicine services to Trellis' English speaking clients.  The pathways and processes to expand this service are now known and this may benefit future clients whose first language is not French or English." 

Professionals or francophone residents interested in accessing this service can do so by calling the Coordinator of the service, Christine Gilles at 519-821-8089 ext 344.  For additional information on this service, click here.


RBC Foundation Supports Trellis with a grant

September 28, 2011 — RBC today announced that Trellis Mental Health is one of 108 organizations from across the country to receive an RBC Children's Mental Health Grant. Trellis Mental Health and Developmental Services will receive $7,500 to provide mental health services to children, aged 0 to 6 years old and their families.  RBC's donation is part of a larger $1.5 million commitment to Children's Mental Health programs across Ontario South West. 

The RBC Children's Mental Heath Project is a multi-year philanthropic commitment to programs that reduce stigma, provide early intervention and increase public awareness about children's mental health issues. One in five Canadians will experience mental illness during their lifetime and many of these disorders begin in childhood or adolescence.

"At RBC, we are passionate about helping our communities and one of our key focuses is supporting mental health related causes.  We want to give youngsters a great start so that they are able to cope and live productive lives" said Bruce Gehlen, RBC's Regional Vice President for Central Ontario. "We are thrilled to be partnering with organizations that do so much for our youth and this donation will help us achieve that goal."

"We are very pleased to partner with RBC and to use this generous donation to improve the mental health of children in our community" said Fred Wagner, Trellis' Executive Director.


Children's Report Card Released

We are pleased to announce the The Well-Being of Children Ages 7 to 13: A Report Card for Wellington-Dufferin-Guelph has been released.  For more information, click here 


Dr. Brené Brown - Cancelled

Due to low participation in the 2 events scheduled for October 19th (Bullying - Its Causes and Prevention) and October 20th (Thriving in Today's Stressful Workplace), the workshops have been cancelled.  

The River Run Centre will be issuing refunds for all tickets purchased.


Trellis hosts Dr. Craig Beach, Forensic Psychiatrist

On March 24th, Trellis will host a presentation for staff and Community Partners with Dr. Beach.  The presentation will focus on Suicide Risk Assessment and Management and Violence Risk Assessment and Management.  For information or to register for this program, see the Invitation.


The Record:  Community services seen as essential component in mental health

By Johanna Weidner, Record Staff, January 3, 2011

More community-based services for people struggling with mental health and addiction issues would go a long way toward preventing serious problems requiring hospital care, local experts say.

To read more ....


Ontario Trillium Foundation, Trellis and 4 Local Service Agencies Partner

Trellis Mental Health and Developmental Services in partnership with Community Torchlight, Family & Children's Services of Guelph Wellington, Pearl Street Communications, and the Volunteer Centre of Guelph/Wellington announced September 9th that a $112,500 grant had been received from the Ontario Trillium Foundation (OTF) to assist 18 community benefit organizations to explore and develop opportunities to partner and share resources in the areas of governance, administration, and service delivery.  Liz Sandals, MPP for Guelph, joined OTF Representative Catharine Collins in congratulating the partners on their grant.



Planning for a Pandemic

Trellis is committed to communicating with our community.  Information relating to the H1N1 Flu virus and how Trellis will deliver services will be shared here.

Trellis has a formal pandemic plan.  We also participated with community partners in developing the WGD Public Health Pandemic Plan.  For the most up to date information on the WGD Pandmic Plan, visit the WGD Public Health site.

The most up-to-date inforamtion on Trellis' response to the Pandemic will be posted.  We'll keep you informed about any changes in service here - this will assist you in planning on how you can connect with us.


Audited Financial Statements

Trellis' Audited Financial Statements can be found under Publications.


Annual Reports

Trellis' Annual Reports can be found under Publications.


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