Welcome to The Oasis in Kanata, a community outreach program of Glen Cairn United Church that offers information, education, and support for caregivers of people with mental illness living in Kanata and the surrounding area.  To see where we are located, click here.

Information Sessions are free and open to all.  (See chronological list, below, and the Events Calendar page)  Sessions feature presentations on a wide variety of topics by mental health specialists and individuals with lived experience.

Workshops and multi-week courses, provided by accredited organizations at nominal cost, help caregivers better care for themselves and their loved one.  (See Our Commitment to Accessibility statement)

Caregivers Matter support group sessions are free, open to anyone over the age of 18, and take place on the first Monday of each month from 7 to 8:30 pm, unless otherwise indicated.  Sessions are led by our Program Manager, a professional Social Worker, and trained volunteers.  For more information, Email OasisManager@TheOasisKanata.ca or call 613-435-1100.

For information about other upcoming events in our community related to mental health, visit our News page.



June 10, 2017: Caregiver Retreat  (half-day retreat)

April 17, 2017: Caregivers and Trauma: Recognition and Healing

March 20, 2017: Gaining and Maintaining Balance

January 16, 2017: Family Wellness and Coping Plans

November 24, 2016: Mobile Crisis Team

October 24, 2016: Lived Experiences and the Caregiver

September 19, 2016: Caring for Caregivers of Youth with Mental Health Needs

May 16, 2016: Reducing Stress and Developing Resilience

April 18, 2016: Staying Strong: Care for the Caregiver

April 16, 2016: safeTALK half-day workshop

March 21, 2016: Health Headlines: Hope or Hype?

January 18, 2016: Caregivers and Powers of Attorney

January 9 – March 19, 2016: Borderline Personality Disorder  (11-week course)

October 24, 2015: Mental Illness Caregivers Association Summit 3  (co-hosted)

September 21, 2015: Naturopathy: Going beyond Anti-depressants

September 8 – October 27, 2015: Mindfulness Skills for Well-being  (8-week course)

May 25, 2015: The Will to Meaning: The life and works of Viktor Frankl

April 20, 2015: Housing and Mental Illness

February 22 – May 10, 2015: Dealing with Psychosis  (8-week course)

February 9, 2015: Borderline Personality Disorder

January 21, 2015: The Police and the Caregiver

November 17, 2014: Cognition and Psychosis

October 21, 2014: Managing Difficult Emotions

September 15, 2014: Mental Illness: Effects on the Family

May 27, 2014: Self-harm, Suicide, and Emergency Planning

March 24, 2014: From Grief to Hope

February 10 – March 3, 2014: Strengthening Families Together  (4-week course)

January 20, 2014: Financial Issues for Caregivers

December 16, 2013: Managing Holiday Stressors

November 19, 2013: Care for the Caregiver – Importance of Looking after Oneself

October 21, 2013: Communication Skills – Where Do We Go from Here?

September 23, 2013: Mental Illness – A Family’s Journey

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