News

1.  June 23

Psychiatric Survivors of Ottawa (PSO) is looking for a bilingual Family Peer Support Worker.  This a part-time paid position for an individual with lived experience in accompanying and supporting their family member in a hospital emergency room and mental health inpatient unit for mental health or substance abuse reasons.  The deadline to register is 4 pm, Friday, June 30.  For more information, go to the following link.

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2.  July 12 and August 16: free two-part summer series for caregivers

The Mental Health Services of Renfrew County, the Schizophrenia Society of Ontario, The Royal Ottawa Mental Health Centre, the Mental Illness Caregivers’ Association (MICA), and the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) will host a two-part summer series entitled Self-discovery and Recovery.  The first session (<=click for details), “Diagnosis and Personal Meaning,” will be held on Wednesday, July 12, at the Public Library of Pembroke, while the (click for details=>) second session, “Recovery and Relationships,” will take place on Wednesday, August 16, at TEN35 Micro Pro Office Suites in Renfrew.  For information, contact Juliet Haynes, Regional Family Support Program Coordinator at The Royal at 613-722-6521, Ext. 7573, or Mental Health Services of Renfrew County at 613-732-8770 or 1-800-991-7711, Ext. 8006.  The sessions are free, but space is limited.

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3.  OCD Ottawa, a peer-based support network, is seeking to build a picture of the services and support accessed by both those living with OCD and those who support them.  To this end, they have developed two surveys:

  • a ​​survey for individuals living with OCD
  • a survey for family members and supporters of someone living with OCD

The goal is to improve access to appropriate treatment options and support for people affected by OCD in Ottawa and the surrounding region.  Participation will help build an evidence base of shortfalls in current treatment, support, and services, and assist in advocacy work already in process to improve access to best practice treatment options, as well as education and outreach for all concerned.

Each survey will take about 15 minutes to complete.  While answering all questions will help with data collection, survey participants should not feel obliged to answer anything with which they are not comfortable.

A summary of survey results will be available at: www.ocdottawa.comRegular updates will be provided on the site of how results are being used to design education and outreach activities, and to advocate for access to appropriate treatment options.

For questions or concerns, or information about OCD Ottawa’s local support groups, contact barb@ocdottawa.com.

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4.  The Community Suicide Prevention Network of Ottawa is aware many children may be watching the Netflix series about youth suicide, 13 Reasons Why.  Television can be an excellent springboard for discussion, which is what this series is doing.  However, much of the material is graphic and potentially triggering for vulnerable people.  The Network urges parents to be cautious and, with this in mind, has developed some talking discussion points and suggestions.  Parents of a teenager or twenty-something might wish to ask if they are watching, or have watched, the series and use this as an opportunity for open discussion.

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5.  The Friendship Support Group (FSG) has published its Activity Calendar for June.  The FSG, sponsored by the Mental Illness Caregivers Association (MICA), is a peer support group of adults living with mental illness which meets every Wednesday at the Carlington Community Health Centre, 900 Merivale Road, for an evening of friendship and engagement.  For more information, Email: fsg@micaontario.com.

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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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