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1.  The Hopewell Eating Disorder Support Centre announced it has relaunched its “Family and Friends” support group.  Sessions take place every Thursday evening from 7 to 8:30 pm until November 16 at The Royal Ottawa Mental Health Centre, Conference Room 2314, 1145 Carling Avenue.  Although this series started on September 28, it is not too late for individuals to sign up for the remaining sessions, or simply to drop into any of the sessions.  Cost: $10 per session.  To register, complete and send the MS Word 1997-2003 version of the form provided here to info@hopewell.ca.  For further information, telephone 613-241-3428.

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2.  October 5, 12, 19, and 26

The Royal Ottawa Mental Health Centre announced a Schizophrenia Education Series, as part of its Family Education Groups program, to be held on four consecutive Thursdays, starting October 5.  This series is open to the public and is not limited to clients and families of The Royal.  The sessions will be held in Room 1425 at The Royal, 1145 Carling Avenue.  For information and to register, contact Sheri Leroux (613-722-6521, Ext. 6781), Jenn Robins (Ext. 6891), or Sean O’Keeffe (Ext. 7055).

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3.  October 11  NOTE: Date changed to Wednesday, November 29

The Royal Ottawa Mental Health Centre announced “Living with OCD – An Unwelcome Houseguest!”  This is a collaborative event, open to the public, offered by OCD Ottawa and the Ottawa Institute of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (OICBT) to foster understanding and knowledge of Obsessive Compulsive Disorder.  The event will be held in the Associates in Psychiatry Auditorium at The Royal, 1145 Carling avenue, on Wednesday, November 29, from 6 to 9 pm.  The $25 entry fee will support ongoing initiatives of OCD Ottawa, a Peer Based Support Network.  For more information, open the poster; click here to register.

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4. October 17

Mood Disorders Ottawa (MDO), a peer-run volunteer organization, offers a “Speaker Night” the third Tuesday of each month (September to November, March to May), starting at 7:30 pm, with guest speakers from the MDO community and the public. Speaker nights are open to people with mood disorders, their loved ones, and the interested public, and are held at Southminster Church, 15 Aylmer Avenue, 3rd Floor.

The topic for the October 17 presentation will be “Members Sharing Their Stories.”  There will be two speakers: Pat G, a member of MDO who believes strongly in the importance of peer support, and Anita Manley, an enthusiastic promoter of mental health.   Ever wonder how others get by or if their journey was or is similar to yours?

Why not free up your Tuesday evening on October 17th and hear how two of our own members deal with their mental health issues?  Who knows, you might have a ‘Why didn’t I try that?‘ moment, or the realization that people are going through similar things that you have.  At the very least, have a bite and a sip while speaking with others.”  See the poster for full details.

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5.  October 19

The Royal Ottawa Mental Health Centre announced the next presentation in its Conversations at The Royal public information sessions, “Family Caregiving Experiences in Schizophrenia,” to take place in the Auditorium starting at 7 pm (doors open at 6:30 pm) on Thursday, October 19.  The presenters will be Lisa Young, RN, an MScN student, and Sheila Deighton, Regional Coordinator, Schizophrenia Society of Ottawa.

Conversations at The Royal is a free public education series that offers thought-provoking insight into mental health issues that are important to the community.  The lectures, held almost every month, are delivered by mental health researchers, clinicians, and clients at The Royal.  Registration is recommended.  To keep informed about upcoming events and Conversations at The Royal, contact Sue Walton at sue.walton@theroyal.ca.  If interested in receiving future publications of The Royal tête à tête newsletter, join the mailing list.

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6.  October 27

Family Services Ottawa’s music trivia fundraiser, Music on a Mission, will be held at Tudor Hall, 3750 N Bowesville Road, Ottawa, on Friday, October 27, from 6 to 11 pm.  This is FSO’s most important annual fundraiser.  FSO provides a wide range of counselling services and educational and supportive programs to enhance mental health in the community.  To register, click here or visit their Web site.  “This magnificent music trivia fundraiser is Ottawa’s most fun game night!  Help FSO launch another 100 years of stronger individuals, stronger families, and a stronger Ottawa.”

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7.  The Centre for ADHD Awareness Canada (CADDAC) invites parents of children suffering from Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder to take part in its 2017/2018 national ADHD in Education Awareness/Advocacy Campaign.  CADDAC receives calls from concerned and frustrated parents seeking education resources for their children with ADHD.  At the same time, CADDAC receives encouraging stories of positive outcomes when educators understand ADHD.  Due to the continuing stigma of ADHD, negative feedback parents receive, fear of possible retaliation from schools should they voice their frustration and negative attention their child may experience, parents are often too intimidated to publicly speak out.  See the Education Campaign flyer for details about how to take part in the campaign.

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8.  Invitation to take part in a research project: Caring across Generations

Professor Marjorie Silverman of the School of Social Work at the University of Ottawa is seeking participants for her research project that aims to examine the daily realities of young adults caring for an older adult with a disability or a chronic physical, cognitive, or mental illness.  Participants must be between the ages of 18 and 35, and are providing regular support and care to a parent or grandparent who is over the age of 60.  See the Recruitment letter for full details about the project and how to take part.

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9.  Ottawa Public Health has announced it has expanded its mental health promotion video series with five new haveTHATtalk videos offering helpful tools and information.  The new titles are:

  • How to Talk about Your Mental Health
  • Reducing Stigma
  • Building Resilience
  • Caring for Yourself, the Caregiver
  • Building Social Connections

The video series is accompanied by the haveTHATtalk Activity Guide that individuals and groups can use to further explore the topics.  Visit www.haveTHATtalk.ca and see the have THAT talk – CICO Bulletin for more information.

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10.  November 4

Citizen Advocacy Ottawa, in conjunction with Lifetime Networks, Families Matter Co-op, Daneo Raipheo, and Deaf Blind Ontario Services, has announced a workshop on Powers of Attorney and Guardianship to held on Saturday, November 4, from 9 am to 4 pm,  at the Bethany Hope Centre, 820 Woodroffe Avenue.  Presenter Natalie Sanna, Associate Lawyer and Notary Public with the Persona Law Group, will be on hand to help caregivers plan for the future of someone they care for who lives with a disability.  The topic will be of interest to parents, caregivers, siblings, or anyone considering becoming a Power of Attorney or Guardian for an individual living with a disability.  Cost: $50 (lunch provided).  To register, Email npilon@citizenadvocacy.org, or call 613-761-9522.  See the poster for details or visit the Citizen Advocacy Web site.

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11.  November 5

Hopewell, supporting eating disorder recovery, is pleased to host a screening of the groundbreaking body positivity documentary “Embrace” free of charge, with great thanks to the Harry P. Ward foundation for an enabling grant.  Location: Mayfair Theatre.  Date: Sunday, November 5, 1 – 2:30 pm.  Cost: no charge, but those interested are asked to register here to ensure the theatre’s capacity is not exceeded.

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12.  The Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA), 1355 Bank Street, Suite 301, Ottawa, has announced two upcoming training opportunities for caregivers:

  • safeTALK is a half-day workshop for the community that prepares participants to identify and engage people with thoughts of suicide and connect them with further help and care.  Date: November 13, 1 – 4:30 pm.  Cost: $60.
  • ASIST is a two-day, interactive workshop that prepares caregivers to provide suicide life-assisting, first-aid intervention.  ASIST teaches Pathways for Assisting Life (PAL), a practical guide to doing suicide interventions.  This workshop can provide the tools to help prevent the immediate risk of suicide.  ASIST caregivers complete the process that safeTALK helpers start, providing life-assisting, suicide first-aid intervention.  Dates: November 23 – 24 or December 14 – 15.  Cost: $200-250.

For information, contact the CMHA by Email at general@cmhaottawa.ca or by telephone at 613-737-7791.

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13.  November 23

The Royal has announced the topic of its Public Information Session for November in the Conversations at The Royal series: “Helping Bipolar Brains: Understanding Mood Disorders with the Help of Physics and Mathematics.”  The session will take place on Thursday, November 23, from 7 to 8:30 pm (doors open at 6:30 pm) in the Auditorium, 1145 Carling Avenue.  The presenter will be Dr. Abigail Ortiz.  Dr. Ortiz has won numerous national and international awards for her study of mood fluctuations in patients suffering from depression and bipolar disorder.  Her expertise is recognized globally, both as a researcher and educator, and her work has the potential to address major gaps in understanding mood disorders.

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14.  November 30

The Ottawa-Carleton District School Board’s Speaker Series offers free presentations to the community and seeks to provide parents, guardians, and educators with access to leading ideas in education, better to support student learning.  The series is sponsored by the District’s Parent Involvement Committee (PIC) and supported through grant funding from the Ontario Ministry of Education.

On Thursday, November 30, from 7 to 9 pm, Susan Hopkins of The MEHRIT Centre, will introduce parents to Self-Regulation, a powerful method for understanding and responding to their children’s (and their own) stress, energy, and tension.  She will discuss the impact of excessive stress on children and adults, the importance of relationships for good parenting, and the difference between stress behavior and misbehaviour.  The talk will take place in the Auditorium of Sir Robert Borden High School, 131 Greenbank Road.  No registration required.  Free parking.  Everyone welcome.

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

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