CAREGIVER SUPPORT GROUPS

Hopewell is a not-for-profit registered charitable organization offering knowledge, support, and hope to those affected by eating disorders, such as anorexia, bulimia, and binge eating.  The Family & Friends Support Group provides an opportunity for caregivers of individuals struggling with an eating disorder to receive information and support in a warm and empathic environment.  Group facilitators spend part of each group session providing education and skills practice, but considerable emphasis is placed on open discussion and peer support.  This group is rooted in an approach known as Emotion Focused Family Therapy, and aims to help caregivers support their loved ones in both practical and emotional ways, whether or not they are involved in active treatment with their loved one, and regardless of age and motivation to change.  Facilitated by Dr. Hien Nguyen, C. Psych., and Dr. Sarah Norwood, C. Psych.  Held at the offices of Anchor Psychological Services, 1308 Wellington Street West.  Fee: $100 per individual, $150 per couple, and $50 for each additional family member.  www.hopewell.ca/services/supportgroups/

___________________________

Mood Disorders Ottawa is a peer-run volunteer organization providing resources, programs, support groups, social, and recreational activities for members and their families and friends.  A family support group for adult relatives and friends of people with mood disorders meets on the third Thursday of each month (except in December and July) from 7 to 9 pm at the Orleans United Church, 1111 Orleans Boulevard.  Discussions are friendly and confidential.  For information, contact the Facilitator, Madeleine Bertrand, at 613-737-7791.   www.mooddisordersottawa.ca/support-groups

___________________________

Obsessive Compulsive Disorder – Ottawa provides information about support groups, links to resources for information about OCD, and support that exists both locally and beyond. The Ottawa OCD Parent/Family Support Group is a peer-based support group in which participants share their experiences of living and dealing with someone who has OCD.  The group is peer-led and informal.  The intent is to provide a supportive place to talk about the unique challenges this disorder can bring.  It tends to be a small group, 5-10 people attending.  When: The 3rd Wednesday of every month, 7 – 9pm.  Location: 3420 Carling Avenue, Nepean.  Email Barb before attending a first meeting.   www.ocdottawa.com/meetings/

___________________________

Parents’ Lifelines of Eastern Ontario (PLEO)  The Ottawa chapter of Parents for Children’s Mental Health (PCMH), PLEO provides support and information to parents and caregivers with children, youth, and young adults to age 24 who are facing mental health challenges.  PLEO Parent/Caregiver Support Groups are open to everyone.  No registration is required.  Support groups are offered in Ottawa as well as in some regional communities.  One does not need to be associated with the facility where the meetings are held to attend.  Support groups currently exist in Ottawa, Kanata, Kemptville, Carleton Place, Pembroke, and Renfrew.  For more information, call 613-321-3211 or toll free at 1-855-775-7005.  Alternatively, complete the form on the contact page or Email info@pleo.on.ca.

Effective April 2017, PLEO, in collaboration with the Western Ottawa Community Resource Centre (WOCRC), offers a monthly support group for parents and caregivers of children, youth, and young adults (up to age 24), who are dealing with mental health and/or addictions challenges.  The group meets the second Tuesday of each month from 6:30 to 8:30 pm in the WOCRC Boardroom, 2 McNeil Court, in Kanata.  See the poster for full details.

___________________________

Psychiatric Survivors of Ottawa is a community of peers and their families using individuals’ lived experiences with the mental health system to support one another in moving towards their full potential.  PSO offers peer and family peer support, public education, volunteer opportunities, connections to other community services – and much more – to people experiencing mental health challenges and their families.  Family Peer Support: Mondays 6:30-8:30pm.  For friends and family of people with mental health challenges.  Drop-in format.  Every other week, they discuss a topic such as communication, boundaries or letting go of control.  www.pso-ottawa.ca/family-peer-support-groups.