Community news

1.  April 18

The Royal Ottawa Mental Health Centre‘s (The Royal) Family Support Program – “Caring for Caregivers” – announced its Schizophrenia Education Series, which will run for four consecutive Thursdays, from 6 to 8 pm, at 1145 Carling Avenue, Ottawa Conference room 1425.  All are welcome, family caregivers as well as the person they are supporting.  Pre-registration is not required.  These sessions will be held in English.

April 18, Questions about Medications and Treatment?: a member of the Schizophrenia and Recovery Program Team will describe various treatment approaches including medications and rationales.

April 25, Consumers share their stories: learn from a client’s lived experience of mental illness and journey through recovery.

Click here for a poster.

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2.   April 25

The Royal announced its first Conversations at The Royal of its 2019 series to take place in the Auditorium on Thursday, April 25, at 7 pm.  The session is entitled “The Happy Brain” and will feature Guillaume Tremblay, BScN, MN, a Nurse Practitioner at The Royal.

Most of us know that the nurturing and maintenance of our mental wellness is essential for a fruitful and happy life.  However, that can be easier said than done – we encounter stressors daily that can challenge our mental well-being.  This presentation aims to offer a practical working model and approaches to practicing and maintaining good mental hygiene.  You will have the opportunity to learn what cognitive neuroscience tells us about the default mode network (DMN) of our brains and how this relates to your overall wellness; learn to harness the power of ‘thinking through’ instead of just ‘thinking about;’ and identify helpful tricks that are easy to adopt and implement into your own day-to-day lives.”

Registration: click here to register.

For more information, contact Sue Walton at sue.walton@theroyal.ca (613-722-6521, Ext. 6349).

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3.  April 25

The free eight-week Family Wellness Recovery Action Plan (Family WRAP) workshop, sponsored by Lanark County Mental Health, will be offered in Carleton Place from 6:30 to 8:30 pm, starting Thursday, April 25, at the Lanark Community Programs offices, 30 Bennett Street.

Have you had someone close to you who has been diagnosed with a mental illness?  Is your care and concern for your loved one leaving you with little time or energy to care for yourself?  This workshop could work for you.

Registration is required.  For information or registration, call 613-257-5915, Ext. 226.

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4.  April 30

Mood Disorders Ottawa (MDO) presents Meditative Drawing: “Did you know that the simple act of creating repetitive marks, shapes and lines is a great way to clear your mind, to be in the moment and let yourself relax?  That drawing can be an easy way to reduce stress because there is no right or wrong way…there is only your way.  This session will introduce you to the beauty and ease of putting pen to paper as a way to practice / experience mindfulness.  You will discover that through this process, you are creating intuitively and, like magic, a piece of art emerges that is as beautiful and unique as you, every time.  No previous drawing experience needed, just bring yourself and your curiosity.  Facilitated by Solange D. and peer support by Kim H.

Tuesday, April 30, 7 – 9 pm, 4th floor, 1355 Bank Street.  Register by Emailing mdogrp@gmail.com or calling 613-526-5406.  Maximum of 15 participants.  Fee: $3

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5.  May 1

The Plan Institute, based in Vancouver, British Columbia, is a non-profit social enterprise that works to improve the lives of people with disabilities by collaborating on community-based projects, offering a suite of learning initiatives, and advocating for policy reform.  The Institute has announced a free tele-seminar to provide information on opening, managing, and benefiting from a Registered Disability Savings Plan (RDSP).

The seminar can be attended from anywhere by telephone or computer on the following Wednesdays (NOTE: the time has been converted from Pacific to Eastern Time; click on the underlined date to register for this particular session):

  • May 1 (10 pm to midnight).

Call-in info will be Emailed upon registering.  For more information, Email info@rdsp.com.

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6.  May 2

The 12th Annual Ancoura Fundraising Dinner and Auction will take place on Thursday, May 2, at 6 pm at the Hellenic Centre, 1315 Prince of Wales Drive.   The guest speaker will be Dr. David Attwood, a Clinical Director of the Schizophrenia and Recovery Program at the Royal Ottawa Mental Health Centre.  A dynamic speaker, Dr. Attwood has a wealth of experience working with patients and their families.

Ancoura is a not-for-profit, volunteer-based organization and a registered charity in Ottawa.  Ancoura is committed to providing a nurturing and fulfilling environment for adults living with a mental illness, through stable, affordable housing and a supportive community.  

Tickets cost $100, with a charitable tax receipt of $50.

For all enquiries and purchases, contact Erik Sparling by telephone at 613-233-8130, or by Email at erik@ancoura.ca

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7.  May 4

The Centre for ADHD Canada and the University of Ottawa’s ADHD and Development Lab are hosting a workshop, “Understanding ADHD in the Home and at School,” on Saturday, May 4, from 9 am to 4 pm, at the University of Ottawa’s Desmarais Hall, DMS 12102, 55 Laurier Avenue East, Ottawa.   This workshop is geared to parents and educators, adults and adolescents with ADHD and their families, and health and medical professionals.

Cost: $30 (lunch is included)  Click here for full details and to register.

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8.  May 4

The Parents’ Lifelines of Eastern Ontario (PLEO) will hold its 2nd Annual Superheroes Breakfast on Saturday, May 4 in support child and youth mental health and PLEO.

There will be balloon animals, a 50/50 draw, crafts, pictures with PLEO’s Superheroes, and Chase and Skye from Paw Patrol.  The event will take place at Kelsey’s Barrhaven, 75 Marketplace Avenue, #6, with 2 seating options: first seating from 7:30 to 9 am, and a second seating from 9:30 to 11 am.  All proceeds from the event will be donated to PLEO in support of their Barrhaven Parent Support Group.  PLEO is also looking for volunteers to help out in the restaurant from 6:30 to 11:30 am.

There are a limited number of tickets available.  To register, click here.

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9.   May 6 to May 30

The Partners for Planning Network (P4P), an Ontario network with over 100 partner organizations, offers free resources designed to empower people with disabilities, families, and caregivers to create meaningful lives and secure futures, firmly rooted in community.  The P4P has announced a series of upcoming Webinars

  • May 6: Trustees: Roles and Responsibilities.
  • May 14: Introduction to the Registered Disability Savings Plan (RDSP).
  • May 23: Staying Strong and Resilient.
  • May 30: All about the Ontario Disability Support Program (ODSP).

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10.  May 7

CMHA Ontario, CMHA Ottawa, and CMHA Champlain East have issued an invitation to caregivers to attend the Ontario Psychotherapy Services Launch Event to commemorate Mental Health Awareness Week and bring attention to the three free psychotherapy services currently available in the community:

  • Big White Wall (16+): an online peer support and self-management tool, coordinated by the Ontario Telemedicine Network (OTN);
  • BounceBack (15+): a skill-building telephone coaching program, managed by the Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA) Ontario and CMHA York and South Simcoe; and
  • Increasing Access to Structured Psychotherapy – IASP Champlain (18+): In-person and via telemedicine individual cognitive behaviour therapy led by The Royal and delivered in collaboration with community health care providers.

The event will take place at the RA Centre, 2451 Riverside Drive, Ottawa, on Tuesday, May 7, from 8:30 to 10 am, and will include a light breakfast, guest speakers, and a door prize.  Registration is required.

For information, call 613-361-9493 or Email Angele D’Alessio, Regional Stakeholder Engagement Coordinator, BounceBack, at adalessio@ontario.cmha.ca.  See the flyer for details.  To register, click here.

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11.  May 9

In the Wind Art Collective, Creative Café, and the Mental Illness Caregivers Association (MICA) will hold an evening of art, music, and the written word featuring artists who share a passion for the arts and who also live with mental illness.

The event is being held during Mental Health Week on May 9 from 6 to 8:30 pm at the Vimy Brewing Company located at 145 Loretta Avenue.  Artists interested in attending will be provided a space to display and, if they so wish, sell their art to invited guests, including guests from the caregiver community caring for loved ones living with mental illness.

Artists who wish to share or sell their creative works may contact bpotter@salusottawa.org.

The evening will begin with a reception hosted by participating agencies and the artists they support, followed by inviting caregivers and others attending as guests to view the arts and crafts both on display and for sale.  Finally, the evening will close with entertainment provided by a band and other invited musicians.  See the flyer for more details.

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12.  May 14 – June 18

Living Healthy Champlain has announced a series of workshops in its Powerful Tools for Caregivers program which will provide caregivers with tools and strategies to better handle the unique challenges they face.  Sessions will be held on six consecutive Tuesdays, from 10 am to 12 noon, starting on May 14, at Family First Family Health Team, Conference room, 4270 Innes Road, in Orleans.

For information, call 1-877-240-3941.  To register, click here.

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13.  The Royal Ottawa Mental Health Centre (The Royal) offers a variety of family groups and learning opportunities:

  • Forensic Program Family Education:  whether or not a relative is involved in the Forensic System, material covered will be useful in a number of other situations.  This series is open to the public.
  • Forensic Family Support Group: this is a closed group specifically for families involved in the past or at present with forensic services.
  • Schizophrenia Education Series: this four-part series will be held in April, 2019, and is open to the public.
  • Geriatric Program Family Support: this program is open to the public, but registration is required.
  • Caring for Caregivers Family Information Group and Family Support Group: this program is open to the public and available at The Royal and in Pembroke.

For information about any of the above support programs or educational series, contact Juliet Haynes, Regional Family Support Program Coordinator, at juliet.haynes@TheRoyal.ca.

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14.  Project Trauma Support is a Canadian program based in Perth, Ontario, which addresses Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, Operational Stress Injury, and Moral Injury in military personnel and first responders by providing a destination and a program where participants can convene in a safe community of their peers.

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15.  Changing CARE: Embrace, an initiative of The Change Foundation with Cornwall Hospital’s Community Addiction and Mental Health Centre and Cornwall & District Family Support Group, has produced a series of guides for caregivers to help them plan for their loved one’s discharge from an inpatient mental health facility: Discharge Implementation Guide, Discharge Checklist for the Family Caregiver pamphlet, and Discharge Checklist for the Family Caregiver.

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16.  Smart Home: Dementia Wandering Solutions

The Bruyère Research Institute, in collaboration with Champlain LHIN, Carleton University, The Dementia Society, and Carefor, is currently recruiting participants for a free trial to test an innovative in-home technology system to detect when a person with Dementia gets out of bed, guide them safely to a bathroom and back by turning on/off lights, coax them back to bed using verbal messages that tell them it’s night time, and notify their caregiver if they are about to open a door or leave the home.

The trial will test and evaluate the reliability and usefulness of the system, its impact on helping caregivers improve their quality of sleep and reduce their stress levels, and how the person with Dementia reacts to the system.

The experimental system is designed to be flexible and personalized: the researchers will work together with individual caregivers to design solutions that best meet their needs.

To learn more, telephone 613-562-6262, Ext. 1677, or Email tafeta@bruyere.org.

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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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