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1.  December 12

CANCELLED BY ORGANIZERS DUE TO POSSIBLE WINTER STORM ON TUESDAY

On Tuesday, December 12, from 6:30 to 8:30 pm, the Schizophrenia Society will present “A Mental Marathon,” a documentary featuring an individual’s recovery journey.  The film explores how non-athletes use sports as a form of therapy to deal with personal challenges.  Peggy Hickman, recipient of a Royal Ottawa 2017 Inspiration award, lives with schizophrenia, but has discovered that marathon training is an effective way to quite literally run away from the voices inside her head.  The session will take place in Room 1424 of The Royal Ottawa Mental Health Centre, 1145 Carling Avenue, Ottawa.  See the poster for full details.

RSVPsdeighton@schizophrenia.on.ca, or call Sheila Deighton at 613-722-6521, Ext. 7775, to confirm attendance and ensure adequate meeting space for all participants.

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2.  December 14

Mood Disorders Ottawa (MDO), a peer-run volunteer organization, announced details of its annual Christmas Craft and Bake Sale.  (see poster)

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3.  December 14

The Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA), 1355 Bank Street, Suite 301, Ottawa, has announced ASIST, 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: 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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4.  Crisis Services Canada Launches Canada Suicide Prevention Service

November 28, 2017, Toronto, ON – Today Crisis Services Canada (CSC), a pan-Canadian network of local and regional crisis and distress centres, launched the new Canada Suicide Prevention Service (CSPS) that enables callers anywhere in Canada to access crisis support using the technology of their choice (phone, text or chat), in French or English.  See news release for more information.

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5.  Family Wellness Recovery Action Plan Workshop (FWRAP)

Family WRAP is a practical, self-help recovery education series focused on gaining control in one’s own life through self-care and understanding of self-care for the loved one; gaining a sense of control in the family as a unit and family self-care, and understanding recovery concepts and sharing resources, tools, and strategies.

Click here for FWRAP workshop details.  To register, contact Courtney Davis at 613-567-4379, Ext. 114, or at courtneyd@pso-ottawa.ca.  Space is limited.

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6.  January 15, 2018

Mood Disorders Ottawa (MDO) will be offering the 10-week Wellness Recovery Action Plan (WRAP) workshop starting on January 15, 2018.

WRAP is an evidence-based program that has helped thousands of people with mental health issues to get more quality of life.  It was developed in 1997 by Dr. Mary Ellen Copeland and a group of people who were experiencing psychiatric difficulties and working hard to get their lives back.  Since then, the WRAP program has spread around the world.  It was introduced to Ottawa in 2008 and is available through peer mental health agencies.

WRAP is a structured system that people can use to create their own wellness plans.  It is designed to:

  • Increase personal empowerment
  • Decrease and prevent intrusive or troubling feelings and behaviours
  • Improve quality of life
  • Assist people in achieving their goals

MDO workshops are held in the evenings between 7:10 and 9:10 pm at the Canadian Mental Health Association offices, 4th Floor, 1355 Bank Street, Ottawa.  The workshop is funded in part by the Champlain LHIN and through a grant from the Ottawa Community Foundation.  For more information on WRAP, contact MDO at 613-526-5406, or Email mdogrp@gmail. com.

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7.  The Royal Ottawa Mental Health Centre (The Royal) announced that its next Family Information and Support Group meeting will take place on January 16.  The session will focus on improving communication with loved ones.  On February 6 and 20, there will be a two-part workshop on Boundary-Setting..  All are welcome.  Registration is not required.

As well, on February 15, at 6 pm, Conversations at The Royal will feature a number of community family support services which provide information and expertise for specific needs, followed by a panel presentation.  For information and to register, contact Juliet Haynes, Regional Family Support Program Coordinator, by telephone at 613-722-6521, Ext. 7573, or by Email at juliet.haynes@theroyal.ca.

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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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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