A Boost for Seniors’ Mental Healthcare at St. Joe’s

Hamilton, ON— At the Mind Matters: an evening with Margaret Trudeau event in Hamilton last fall, Mrs. Trudeau candidly shared her own struggles with mental illness and addiction to help end the stigma surrounding them. Today, the event is still supporting mental healthcare in the community with half of the proceeds raised from that one evening being presented to St. Joseph’s Healthcare Foundation.

The Labourers’ International Union of North America (LiUNA), LiUNA Station Extraordinary Events, and Union Power Insurance Brokers presented St. Joe’s Foundation and St. Peter’s Residence at Chedoke Thrive Group with a cheque for a combined $54,474.

At St. Joseph’s, the proceeds will support The LiUNA Seniors Mental Health Outpatient Clinic at the Margaret and Charles Juravinski Centre for Integrated Healthcare on the West 5th Campus. The clinic provides programs and care for individuals aged 65+ who are living with anxiety, depression, substance use concerns, behavioural complications of dementia or Alzheimer’s disease, or chronic mental illnesses like schizophrenia or bipolar disorder which are further complicated by the aging process. With over 2,100 visitors each year, St. Joe’s West 5th healthcare team helps older adults to reach individual goals and coordinates with other health services to ensure clients can maintain their improved health after completing the program.

“The community and many of our members, their families and friends, have come to rely on the expert patient care, research and seniors’ mental healthcare that St. Joe’s provides,” said Mr. Joseph Mancinelli, International Vice-President of LiUNA, who spoke on behalf of LiUNA Local 837, LiUNA Station Extraordinary Events and Union Power Insurance Brokers. “It is through ongoing support that we will all help ensure that the programs and services our community relies upon – especially as the population ages – will be available to those who need them, when they are needed.”

At the cheque presentation, Ms. Sera Filice-Armenio, President & CEO of St. Joseph’s Healthcare Foundation, shared that: “St. Joe’s is tremendously grateful for the faith LiUNA Local 837 and Union Power Insurance has in the work we do at the Hospital, especially in the area of seniors’ mental health. It is gifts like these that help to keep the conversation about mental health going and at the same time supports hope, healing and discovery at St. Joseph’s.”

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About St. Joseph’s Healthcare Hamilton and Foundation

St. Joseph’s Healthcare Hamilton is an acute care, teaching and research hospital with three sites and is affiliated with the Faculty of Health Sciences at McMaster University and Mohawk College. St. Joseph’s Healthcare Foundation raises and stewards funds to support exemplary patient care, research, equipment and education at St. Joseph’s Healthcare Hamilton and in the communities we are honoured to serve. Since 1970, the Foundation has reached out to the community for donations, big and small, to help our Hospital acquire new equipment, fund patient care programs, build new facilities, and conduct vital research programs. To learn more, visit: www.stjoes.ca or www.stjoesfoundation.ca.

Media Contacts:

Maria Hayes
Senior Communications Specialist
St. Joseph’s Healthcare Hamilton
905.522.1155, ext. 33506
mhayes@stjoes.ca

Laura Pagnotta
Director, Marketing & Communications
St. Joseph’s Healthcare Foundation
905.522.1155, ext. 35986
laura@stjoesfoundation.ca