Andrew Miedema was a well-loved and deeply respected member of our community that lost his life to suicide. In his memory, several of his friends formed the Andrew Miedema Foundation to raise funds for programming to help others access mental health services. It is their wish to prevent further loss and to improve the quality of people’s lives. Andrew’s Fund was created in 2019, to reduce barriers and stigma about mental health issues for men, and strives to make it normal and easy to get help. Talking to someone and receiving help should be easy, and people should feel supported throughout the process. This is what we strive to do with this initiative.
In partnering with the Andrew Miedema Foundation, we decided that we wanted to make a difference and be able to help as many people as we could, with the help of our community. When we are going through difficult times, we sometimes feel like we are alone, scared and in the dark most days. Today, with your help, we are lighting the way for those who are in need.
How you can make a difference.
You have the opportunity to change someone's life and help pay it forward by donating to counselling services that can help someone. Your donations will go towards counselling sessions for those in need. If you are a business or establishment that would like to get involved, please contact us directly through email for more information email@example.com
* Session Fees Cover Services Provided by a mental health specialist holding a minimum Master-Level degree in Social Work or Psychology, licensed and in good standing with OCSWSSW, CRPO, or CPO. Please make note that we are a registered not for profit but not a registered charity at this time.*
Your general monetary donation will be put towards any of the following services below. If you choose not to donate to a specific service, you have the option to donate in general. Your donation will go towards our educational mental health magazine or a variety of mental wellness workshops.
Single counselling session - $150.00
A single session with a mental health counsellor will include assessment of presenting issues, gathering background information, developing therapeutic rapport, and setting goals for treatment or providing recommendations for alternative services.
single crisis crisis counselling session - $200.00
A crisis session provided on short notice will include assessment of immediate issues, gathering relevant background information, implementing stabilization techniques and skills as well as safety planning and recommendations for treatment.
6 counselling sessions - $1000.00
A standard treatment set of 6 counselling sessions begins with an assessment of presenting issues, and working with the client to develop goals for treatment, such as alleviating symptoms of depression and anxiety. Sessions focus on stabilization and emotion regulation skills, psycho-education and development of insight to better understand the issues and ways of managing, and positive coping skills. A full treatment set allows for the client to develop a supportive relationship with the therapist while using current issues to implement and reinforce healthy coping mechanisms and improve their quality of life.
6 emdr counselling sessions - $1200.00
EMDR sessions are highly effective for the treatment of trauma, including any distressing experience that changes one's world view and negatively influences a person's ability to cope. This therapy utilizes bilateral stimulation to assist clients in making connections with, and processing their traumatic experiences. Early sessions focus on building stabilization skills such as using "Calm Place" and identifying positive cognitions. Sessions focused on processing are highly intense and often result in full resolution of trauma symptoms.
Frequently asked questions
What Will my First Counselling Session Be Like?
Your first counselling session can be anxiety-provoking: you’re sitting with a stranger, in a quiet room, and talking about very personal issues and topics. You might feel incredibly vulnerable. However, know that anxiety in this situation is totally normal, so don’t let it stop you from attending!
Who can benefit from counselling?
Anyone and everyone can benefit from counselling. We all have complicated histories, concerns and problems in our lives at some time or another.
what is emdr (eye-movement desensitization and reprocessing therapy?
EMDR is a type of therapy that uses a person’s own rapid and rhythmic eye movements to reprocess difficult experiences. It is often used when working with trauma and works by connecting traumatic memories with new information. This helps any distressing thoughts and emotions to become blended with new positive thoughts and emotions allowing people to resolve blocks or stuck points through activating the person’s natural healing processes.
Why is it a good idea to go to therapy?
Therapy is an incredibly useful tool – a means to an end - that helps with a range of issues anywhere from anxiety to relationships to trauma to the Covid-19 pandemic. Continuous research shows that counselling is incredibly effective in helping people manage mental health conditions. Just being able to talk to someone without fear of judgment or criticism is a powerful way to better ourselves.
is counselling just for females?
Firstly, men are not immune to mental health issues or hard times. Everyone can equally benefit from counseling because mental health issues are part of being human. Because of the stigma that surrounds men and the “tough guys don’t need to talk about our feelings” mentality, it is very important that we encourage and support men who seek counseling because it is an effective tool to use in addressing mental health issues. We are here to tell you that Two Spirit, Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Pansexual, Trans, Gender Independent, Queer and Questioning are ALL welcome to come to therapy at our Foundation and the Kelly Mental Health Clinic.
Will i receive a tax receipt for my donation?
Please make note that although we are a registered not for profit, we however are not a registered charity at this time.