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Mental Health Team

The Mental Health Team works as part of the Niagara North Family Health Team to offer support and guidance to our patients and sees patients in groups or in individual counselling sessions. Together, they will assist in developing a plan of care that will lead to a better understanding and effective change.

Twenty percent of Canadians will have a mental health issue at some point in their lives. Mental health problems affect relationships, work, and quality of life. Common reasons to see a mental health professional include:

  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Stress management
  • Alcohol and drug problems
  • Grief
  • Psychiatric/Mental Health issues

Our Mental Health Team consists of social workers, a psychotherapist, mental health nurses as well as two psychiatrists.


Virgil site

Joan Graham – Mental Health Nurse
James McQueen – Social Worker
Amanda Oosterveer – Psychotherapist
Charlene Narine – Mental Health Counselor
Dr. Ken Santher – Adult and Pediatric Psychiatrist

St. Catharines

Lake-Carlton site

Len Dykstra – Social Worker
Debbie Good – Social Worker
Andrea Ingraham – Social Worker
Sheri Durksen – Mental Health Counselor (for Single Session Counseling)
Dr. Mohammed Warsi – Psychiatrist
Joan  Graham– Mental Health Nurse

How Can You Access the Services of our Mental Health Team?

Patients can obtain a referral from their family physician at any time in order to see our Mental Health Team.

St. Catharines

For more information on our St. Catharines Mental Health Team, call Laura at 905.988.9617 x226.

Virgil Site and niagara-on-the-lake hospital site

For more information on our Virgil and NOTL Mental Health Team, call 905.468.2177 x130.

If this is an Emergency…

In the case of a Mental Health emergency, there are some resources in the Niagara Area:

  • COAST Niagara – Crisis Outreach and Support Team 1-800-263-4944
  • In the event of a life threatening emergency, please call 911

Programs offered by our Mental Health Team