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1.  According to the Centre for ADHD Awareness, Canada, October is ADHD Awareness Month.  To learn more about how you can spread the word, go to the CADDAC Web site.

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2.  October 13 to 19 is OCD Awareness Week.  Click here for more information.

OCD Ottawa holds ongoing monthly meetings.  The OCD Support Group for Adults and the Youth and Young Adult meeting will be held on the second Wednesday of the month with meetings held in separate locations.  Contact info@ocdottawa.com for information about meetings and guidance with treatment and support resources for OCD and related disorders.

As well, The Oasis in Kanata will present a free, public information session on Obsessive-compulsive Disorder (OCD) on Monday, October 28, at 7 pm, at Glen Cairn United Church, 140 Abbeyhill Drive, Kanata.   Dr. Caitlin Claggett Woods, C.Psych from the Ottawa Institute of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, will discuss the symptoms of OCD and provide practical tips to help caregivers support their loved ones.  (See map for location and poster for full details.)

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3.  October 24

Partners for Planning (P4P) has announced a free Webinar on the topic of the Disability Tax Credit to take place on Thursday, October 24, at 7 pm.

The Disability Tax Credit is about much more than saving money and reducing taxes.  The DTC also opens the door to several other important financial benefits for people with a disability, financial resources which can significantly enhance the future wellbeing of your loved one.

Webcast topics will include:

  •     An understanding of critical eligibility and appeal issues
  •     Must-know details as to how this tax credit affects opening an RDSP
  •     Information regarding CRA perspectives

To register for this Webinar, click here.

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4.  October 26

Carp Health Access, in partnership with the West Carleton Family Health Team and Family Services Ottawa, will present Nurturing Your Child in the Age of Anxiety, the next event in their Community Education Series.

A growing number of children are struggling with serious mental health challenges, like significantly higher levels of anxiety and depression.  Guest speakers will examine the current thinking on how the developing brain affects children’s behavior; ways to identify the causes and early signs of anxiety and depression; healthy coping strategies, protective factors, and practical tools; and community programs and services to support families.

An expert panel of mental health professionals will provide parents with information, answer questions, and offer ways to support positive mental health.  Speakers will include Carole Legault from Ottawa Public Health, Tracy Vaillancourt from the University of Ottawa, Linda Rombough from Family Services Ottawa, and Mia Doré from the Western Ottawa Community Resource Centre.

The event is free, but spaces are limited.  Time for further one-on-one questions, networking, and refreshments will follow the presentations.  There is ample free street parking and the facility is wheelchair accessible.

Date and time: Saturday, October 26, from 10 am to 12 noon.  Location: St. James Anglican Church, 3774 Carp Road.

For more information or to register, visit http://bit.ly/CHAChildAnxiety

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5.  October 28

The Oasis in Kanata will present a free, public information session on Obsessive-compulsive Disorder (OCD) on Monday, October 28, at 7 pm, at Glen Cairn United Church, 140 Abbeyhill Drive, Kanata.   (See map for location.)

It is common to hear and say, “I’m so OCD.”  But OCD is more than being overly neat and precise: it is a mental illness that affects individuals and families in many different ways.  Dr. Caitlin Claggett Woods, C.Psych from the Ottawa Institute of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, will discuss the symptoms of OCD and provide practical tips to help caregivers support their loved ones.  See the poster for full details.

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6.  October 31

Living Healthy Champlain has announced a new free Webinar on “Practical Planning for Your Health” to take place on Thursday, October 31, from noon to 1 pm.

This session will focus on exploring the five domains of wellness and offer practical tools and tricks on how to plan for one’s health by looking at what matters to each individual. This session should prove to be very helpful for caregivers.

Registrants will receive a confirmation Email containing information about joining the Webinar.  To register, click here.

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7.  November 8 and 15

The Good Companions Centre of Ottawa announced a two-part workshop series entitled “Understanding Mental Health and Well-being in Later Life.”  This workshop is part of a series developed by the Provincial System Support Program at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health for seniors 65 years of age or older.

The series comprises:

  • Mental Health Promotion,” focusing on learning how to take care of one’s physical and mental wellness, on Friday, November 8, from 9:30 to 11:30 am, and
  • Navigating the System,” explaining how to access the mental health system and services available, on Friday, November 15, from 9:30 to 11:30 am.

Both workshops will be held at The Good Companions Centre of Ottawa, 670 Albert Street, Ottawa, in Room 019.  To register, Email mentalhealthteam@ottawa.ca or call Carole Legault at 613-580-2424, Ext. 23664.

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8.  November 23

The Ottawa Network for Borderline Personality Disorder (ON-BPD) has announced a refresher of problem management skills for graduates of their Family Connections course.  Participants will have the opportunity to review, brainstorm, and role play strategies to help them communicate more effectively with their loved one.  The Continuing Connections program’s main objectives include the opportunity to develop the support network for family members experiencing similar situations and to practice the Family Connections skills in a safe, supportive environment.

The session will take place on Saturday, November 23, from 9:30 am to 12 noon at The Royal Ottawa Mental Health Center, 1145 Carling Avenue, in Room 1424.

Later in the fall, Family Connections graduates will receive an Email containing the Eventbrite invitation link.  For information, contact karen@on-bpd.ca.

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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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