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1.  The Western Ottawa Community Resource Centre (WOCRC) offers a Youth Mental Health Walk-In Counselling Service, available every Wednesday from noon until 7 pm at its offices at 2 MacNeil Court, off Castlefrank Road and one block North of Hazeldean Road, in Kanata.  An appointment is not required.   For information, call 613-591-3686.

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2.  The Friendship Support Group (FSG), a peer support group of adults living with mental illness sponsored by the Mental Illness Caregivers Association (MICA), announced its Activity Calendar for August.  The Group meets on Wednesdays for an evening of friendship and engagement at the Carlington Community Health Centre, 900 Merivale Road.  For more information, contact Crystal and Sara at 613-860-7800 or Email fsg@micaontario.com.

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3.  August 17

Ottawa Meditation and Wellness will host a three-hour Introduction to Mindfulness workshop featuring Jennifer Innes, a meditation and mindfulness-based stress reduction teacher, on Saturday, August 17, from 3 to 6 pm, at the Upward Dog Yoga Centre, 251 Dalhousie Street, Ottawa, Ontario.  The cost is $79.   See flyer for details.  Register at www.upwarddogyoga.ca.

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4.  August 20

The Royal Ottawa Health Care Group announced a free Tuesday evening workshop for family caregivers to be held at The Royal, 1145 Carling Ave, in Room 1425, from 6 to 7:30 pm: Validation as a Communication Skill and Resiliency Building through Self-Care.

To register, Email: Juliet.Haynes@TheRoyal.ca.  For further information, contact Juliet Haynes, Regional Family Support Program Coordinator, at 613-722-6521, Ext. 7573.

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5.  August 20 – 21

The Royal Ottawa Mental Health Centre (The Royal), in partnership with the Mental Health Commission of Canada (MHCC), will offer the Mental Health First Aid for Adults Who Interact with Youth two-day course on Tuesday, August 20, and Wednesday, August 21, from 8:30 am to 4:30 pm, at The Royal, 1145 Carling Avenue, Room 1424, Ottawa.

Mental Health First Aid is the help provided to a person developing a mental health problem or experiencing a mental health crisis.  The first aid is given until appropriate professional treatment is received or until the crisis is resolved.

The Mental Health First Aid Canada course teaches people to:

  • Identify when a person may be a danger to themselves or to others and take steps to preserve life,
  • Recognize the early signs of mental health problems and provide help toward preventing more serious problems from developing,
  • Provide comfort to someone with a mental health problem and support them in their recovery, and
  • Guide a person toward the appropriate professional help.

After completing the Mental Health First Aid Canada course, participants will receive a Mental Health First Aid Canada Certificate.  Participants are also provided with the first aid package, which covers the course content and provides additional resources.   Participants must attend all 12 to 14 hours of the course to receive their certificate.

Cost $200 (Regular), $100 (Students).  For more information, contact Sally Thomson-Burrows by Email at Sally.Thomson-Burrows@theroyal.ca, or by telephone at 613-722-6521, Ext. 6535.  To register, click here.

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6.  August 27

The Distress Centre of Ottawa will offer a safeTALK workshop on Tuesday, August 27th.  This half-day workshop prepares one to identify persons with thoughts of suicide and connect them with suicide first-aid resources.

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7.  September 11 to October 30

The Psychiatric Survivors of Ottawa (PSO) has announced a free Family Wellness Recovery Action Plan Workshop (FWRAP) starting on Wednesday, September 11 and running until October 30.

FWRAP is a practical self-help recovery education series focused on creating a solid plan for gaining control in one’s own life through self-care and understanding of self-care for the family; understanding recovery concepts, and sharing resources, tools, and strategies.

Click here to download workshop details.  For all PSO Wellness Recovery Workshops, click here.

To register for FWRAP, contact Guy St-Jean at 613-567-4379, Ext. 116, or send an Email to guys@psoottawa.ca.  Space is limited.

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8.  September 27

The Royal Ottawa Mental Health Centre has announced details of its annual Schizophrenia Conference, “Current Approaches to Optimizing Care in Schizophrenia: Building Bridges between Clinicians, Caregivers and the Community,” to be held on Friday, September 27, from 9 am to 4:15 pm, at the Associates in Psychiatry Auditorium at The Royal, 1145 Carling Avenue, Ottawa.

This year’s conference will bring together clinicians, researchers, caregivers, and the community in open dialogue to examine the current approaches used to optimize care in Schizophrenia.  Guest speaker Dr. Jari Tiihonen is a renowned Psychiatrist and Professor from the Karolinska Institutet in Stockholm, Sweden.  The workshop will also feature a round-table research discussion led by scientists from The Royal’s Institute of Mental Health Research Centre.

The afternoon will offer participants an opportunity to gain practical Motivational Interviewing skills, identify common barriers faced by families trying to navigate the health care system, and analyze the impact of service structures and mental health law on families and patients.  The event will close with a review of the assessment, diagnosis, and treatment standards of psychosis in a clinical setting, highlighting the appropriate stage-specific interventions, and suggesting developments for the future service continuum of persons living with Schizophrenia.

This workshop is appropriate for Psychiatrists, Physicians, Nurses, Allied Health Professionals, Caregivers, Service users, and students in related disciplines.

The cost for students is $90, and for caregivers or service users is $75.   However, space is limited.

To register, click here.  For information, contact Amy Quinn at amy.quinn@theroyal.ca.

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9.  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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