Intentional Harm

Committee Purpose: 

  • To coordinate programming and initiatives to effectively address issues related to Intentional Harm (both self and interpersonal) 

Chairperson: 

  • Rita Smith -Community Living Port Colborne/Wainfleet; Uberyouth; Every Kid in Our Community Port Colborne/Wainfleet 

Current Members: 

  • Dave Pickett - Niagara Child and Youth Services 
  • Judy Cassan - Port Cares 
  • Lori Kleinsmith – Port Colborne/Wainfleet Healthy Lifestyles Coalition 
  • Kathy Moccio - Lakeshore Catholic High School 
  • Jennifer Horton - Port Colborne High School 
  • Bonnie Tkac-Feetham - St. John Bosco Elementary School
  • Christine Curran - St. Therese Elementary School 
  • Debbie McCulloch - Bridges Community Health Centre 
  • Stacy Terry - Distress Centre of Niagara 
  • Susan Marshall - Shoppers Drug Mart 
  • Brian Lofthouse – local clergy 
  • Lori Smith – community member 
  • Denise Waligora - Canadian Mental Health Association, Niagara Branch 

Consultants: 

  • Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (Bonnie Polych) 
  • Niagara Health System (Cindee Barrow)

Committee Project Objectives: 

1) To partner with Every Kid in Our Community Port Colborne-Wainfleet to assist with the coordination of a youth engagement/community mobilization project adressing reasons why youth avoid or delay seeking help for a distressing personal problem 
2) To coordinate promotion of local helping agencies 
3) To coordinate a mental illness awareness campaign 

Why is there a need? Port Colborne is amongst the highest in Niagara region for lack of post-secondary education, unemployment, and poverty. Port Colborne also has a higher than average hospitalization rate for mental health disorders. 2002-2006 statistics for Port Colborne resident Emergency Department visits reveal that our youth aged 5 to 19 represent a disproportionate number of “Self Harm” cases at 19.7% and “Interpersonal Harm” cases at 26.6%. Free mental health services located within our geographic boundaries are insufficient. Front-line social service providers are often faced with dealing with youth “in crisis” and can not work towards prevention or early detection for personal problems before they reach a crisis point. Youth will be an on-going focus of this committee’s work; however, we recognize the importance of ensuring all ages are reached with our work as self and interpersonal harm can strike anyone and the reasons can be complex. In this time of economic challengers being faced by our residents, we will be exceedingly vigilant with our messages and initiatives.

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Minutes from the meetings

Updated October 27, 2013