Community news

NOTE: Check with each of the following organizations closer to the dates indicated below to determine whether their event has been cancelled or will take place.

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ADDitude magazine has announced two upcoming free Webinars for parents of children diagnosed with ADHD and learning differences returning to school in the fall:

  • Tuesday, July 26, 1 PM: Meet the Teacher: How to Build Relationships This Back-to-School Season. Register here.
  • Tuesday, August 9, 1 PM: Relieving Back-to-School Anxiety: Strategies for Caregivers and Educators of Anxious Students. Register here.

Register to receive the replay link for each Webinar if unable to attend the live session.

Also from ADDitude magazine: suggestions for those planning a vacation this summer – Great Escapes: A Guide to the Best Trips for People with ADHD.  The key to a successful vacation begins with choosing the right destination – and planning the right kind of trip.  (Link)

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Ottawa’s Guiding Council on Mental Health and Addictions Secretariat is looking to establish a Reference Group of people with diverse lived/living experience of mental health problems, mental illnesses and substance use problems, including family caregivers and people who have experienced the current crisis response system.  Click here to see the application procedure.  You can also express interest by Email or phone by contacting Trevor Lapointe: Email: trevor@cesoc.ca, Phone: 613-304-8330.

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McLean Hospital offers a short article entitled Everything You Need to Know about Trauma and PTSD. “Though it’s often associated with the horrors of war, post-traumatic stress disorder can affect anyone. …  All of us will encounter stress throughout our daily lives.  When a strong emotional response to an extremely stressful or disturbing event impairs a person’s ability to cope, it’s often considered to be traumatic.”  Click here.

See also: How DBT [Dialectical Behavior Therapy] Helps Borderline Personality Disorder and Complex PTSD.  (2017 Webinar.  Duration: 1:03:32.)  (Link)

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The South-East Ottawa Community Health Centre (SEOCHC) will host a four-week series of free virtual educational workshops for caregivers called Build up Your Toolbox!, on Thursday evenings at 7 PM, from July 21 to August 11. Caregivers will learn ways to support their own mental health and prevent burnout.  For more information and to register, contact Emilie Leblanc at (613) 737-5115, Ext. 2391, or by Email at emiliel@seochc.on.ca.

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Lumino Health (Link) offers an article entitled Mental Health 101: Caring for Others. (Link)  Seeing a loved one struggle with their mental health may be hard.  Caregivers and family members might wonder how they can help or what resources are available.  In this recent article, mental health experts answer some key questions caregivers might have, such as how to recognize signs of mental health struggle, how to help a loved one struggling with their mental health, when and where to seek help for mental health, and what to do when someone refuses mental health help. 

See also: Mental Health 101: How to Take Care of Yourself (Link), How to Practice Self-Compassion (Link), and How to Get Mental Health Care in Canada (Link).

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Psych Central offers topical articles, such as:

  • 5 Tips for Keeping Your Cool When the Conversation Gets Hot.  (Link)
  • 8 Conditions That Can Mimic Depression.  (Link)
  • 7 Depression Busters for Caregivers.  (Link)
  • 4 Challenges in Bipolar Disorder and How to Overcome Them.  (Link)
  • Navigating Life with a Schizophrenic Mother.  (Link)
  • What Are the 5 Types of Avoidance Behavior?  (Link)

Psych Central also offers a new weekly half-hour podcast called Inside Bipolar.  “Gabe Howard, who lives with bipolar disorder, and board-certified psychiatrist Dr. Nicole Washington will use a blend of humor and science to unpack this widely misunderstood condition.”  Find a full list of episodes here.

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The Centre for ADHD Awareness, Canada (CADDAC) published an article entitled How to Create a Summer Schedule for a Child with ADHD.  “Summertime has a way of creeping up on us.  School is suddenly out.  Children are home.  Days may now be wide open.  Many children will be involved in summer programs for part of the time, but some will not.  Summertime is often a lazy, relaxed time.  But for a child with ADHD, a daily routine continues to be very important.  During the school year, you are more likely to make your child adhere to regular bed, wake-up and meal times.  This is important during the summer, as well.  A schedule doesn’t have to be rigid, but days run much more smoothly when there are expectations and predictability for your child.”  Click here.

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Winnipeg-based Achieve Centre for Leadership Institute’s (ACLI) Crisis & Trauma Resource Institute (CTRI) offers a series of Audio Exercises for Managing Stress and Anxiety through mindful awareness, breathing, and simple movements (Link) for adults, Getting Grounded in the Present (3:46) and Embodied Breathing Exercise (8:21), as well as for children, Cocoa Breathing (3:03) and Wiggle to Wind Down (3:18).

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The Canadian Centre on Substance Use and Addiction (CCSA) offers a two-page infographic: Mental Health and Substance Use during COVID-19: Spotlight on Canadian Households with Young Children. It includes several useful suggestions on how to cope during the pandemic.  (Link)

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Toronto-based National Eating Disorder Information Centre (NEDIC) provides information, resources, referrals, and support to Canadians affected by eating disorders. The site offers background information and the results of current research on clinical conditions such as Anorexia Nervosa, Bulimia Nervosa, Avoidant and Restrictive Food Intake Disorder, and Binge Eating Disorder.

See also: TED-ED talk from May 2022 entitled Why Are Eating Disorders So Hard to Treat? (Link.  Duration: 4:32)

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From its base in New York City, Verywell Mind’s mission is to help individuals find balance amid the chaos of daily life.  It provides up-to-date, evidence-based information on mental health and psychology from its library of 5,500+ articles.  Sample articles include: Bipolar Disorder, How to Deal with Emotional Abuse, Stress Management, and Violence and Abuse.

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The Ontario Caregiver Organization (OCO) offers a series called Time to Talk Podcasts for Caregivers.  Subject matter experts and caregivers discuss things that matter most, including mental health, wellness, and many more.  Whether new to caregiving, or an experienced caregiver, this series has something for everyone.  Click here.

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Steps to Justice, a guide to law in Ontario, has developed three flowcharts that explain what happens if the Children’s Aid Society (CAS) gets a report about a child (Link), decides a child is in need of protection (Link), or takes the parent or guardian of a child to court (Link).

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NOTE: The Oasis in Kanata does not endorse the above sessions, programs, research projects, or their content, nor does it derive any benefit from the organizations or individuals involved, but merely wishes to bring the above to your attention.

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