Mental Health Mission Statement: “Working together with community partners to provide mental health services and promote wellness.”
At the Welland McMaster Family Health Team we have two social workers and a mental health nurse available to provide services to our patients. They also work together with the dietitian, occupational therapist, pharmacist, and nurses to provide a comprehensive and holistic (treatment of the whole person) approach to your care. We also partner with many community agencies to ensure that your needs are addressed through the most appropriate service.
Groups, Programs and Workshops
We offer many programs, groups and workshops to our patients, all free of charge (parking costs still apply). For additional information about dates and locations, or to register, contact FHT Reception at 905-734-9699 ext. 3
Spend time in nature to improve your health and wellness! Lead by a Social Worker who is a Certified Forest Therapy Guide, our Forest Therapy sessions are available monthly from April to November.
Many studies have shown that spending time in natural settings has important health and wellness benefits, such as:
- Lowers blood pressure
- Strengthens immune system
- Reduces pain
- Improves sleep
- Decreases stress
- Reduces feelings of anger and aggression
- Reduces depression and anxiety
- Improves concentration and memory function
Forest therapy isn’t about exercise for the body, but it is exercise for the soul. It is a guided stroll through the forest with a focus on Mindfulness techniques.
Recommended for all ages and abilities.
Getting Back to Nature during COVID-19
Our resident Forest Therapy Guide suggests that just because you might be stuck inside during self-isolation, doesn't mean you can't benefit from the calming effects of nature.
Check out these YouTube videos for calming sights and sounds of nature:
If you are not under self-isolation protocols, spending time in nature is a safe activity as long as you maintain social distancing rules. Spend time in your yard, get your garden ready for spring, or check out local hiking trails.
Going for a hike? This is a fun app to use to help identify plants/animals you may come across:
https://www.inaturalist.org/ - fun for everyone
Getting the kids outside? This is a fun app for the kids to use in their nature adventures:
This is a how-to guide for helping people who struggle with their eating. It takes a cognitive behavioural approach to emotional eating and focuses on why you eat, not what you eat. Our Dietitian and Social Worker run Craving Change. The group consists of one (1) two-hour session per week for four (4) weeks. Speak with your doctor or contact FHT Reception for more information and to register.
Cognitive Therapy for Depression
This program is based on a cognitive behavioural model and is designed to help patients take steps to manage their depression and live fuller lives. Each participant will work on individualized goals and coping strategies and will receive a take-home workbook to assist them in this process. The program consists of one (1) hour and a half session per week for four (4) weeks. Speak with your doctor or contact FHT Reception for more information and to register.
This group uses cognitive behavioural therapy approaches to help patients learn coping strategies to self-manage their anxiety. It is lead by our Social Worker and Mental Health Nurse and consists of weekly two-hour sessions for eight (8) weeks. Speak with your doctor or contact FHT reception for more information and to register.