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1.  January 7 Deadline for PSSP’s Call for Panel Members

The Provincial System Support Program (PSSP) of the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) has issued a Call for Panel Members to establish a new Lived Experience & Family Advisory Panel at PSSP that will build on the experience and expertise of the previous EENet Persons with Lived Experience and Family Member’s Advisory Panel.  The program is seeking new members to join the new Panel to provide the vital perspectives of people who have personal or family experience of mental health and addiction problems to the PSSP’s system change work.

The Program is particularly hoping to recruit people in the 18 to 35 age range, newcomers, Francophones, those from racialized groups, people that identify as First Nations, Inuit and Métis, as well as those from rural areas and small communities, including those in northern Ontario.

Above and beyond having lived experience of mental health or addiction issues, or as a family member, the organizers are looking for people:

  • with skills in critical thinking, analysis, and stakeholder engagement;
  • with knowledge of health equity and the social determinants of health; and
  • who can collaborate and work with people who have different viewpoints, have respectful and honest dialogue, and incorporate broader system-level perspectives into their contributions.

The deadline for receipt of applications is January 7, 2019.  For more information and to apply, click here.

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2.  Parents’ Lifeline of Eastern Ontario (PLEO)

We know the holiday season can be a particularly stressful time for families of children, youth, and young adults facing mental health challenges.  PLEO is here to support them – and we know that a trusted friend or a service provider is often how they find us.  We also hear that they wish they had found us sooner.  If you know a parent or caregiver of a child to age 25 who is struggling with mental health concerns or challenges, please share this:

Support Groups for the rest of the year: No fee, no registration, confidential, and facilitated by parents with experience supporting their own child through the ups and downs of mental wellness.

  • December 17 – 6:30 to 8:30 PM – OCCRC, 105-240 Centrum Blvd, Orleans (French)
  • December 18 – 6:30 to 8:30 PM – SNCHC, 4100 Strandherd Dr., Nepean (English)
  • December 19 – 6:00 to 8:00 PM – Open Doors, 130 Lansdowne – Unit 10, Carleton Place (English)
  • December 20 – 5:30 to 7:30 PM – Clarence Rockland Public Library, 1525 Park Avenue, Rockland (Bilingual)
  • December 20 – 6:30 to 8:30 PM – CHEO – 401 Smyth Road, Ottawa (English)

**There will be no support groups held during the week between Christmas and New Years.  Groups resume on January 2nd.

More details can be found on the PLEO Website.  The helpline is available Monday to Friday, 9 am to 7 pm, at 613-321-3211, 1-855-775-7005.

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3.  The Distress Centre of Ottawa has launched its new Web site.

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4.  December 20

The Royal Ottawa Mental Health Centre’s Juliet Haynes, and Denis Riordan, will offer a café-style focus group interactive presentation, “Finding the Right Resources at the Right Time,” on how the Pyramid of Care has been used to link caregivers to resources, and provide an opportunity for caregivers to share their own experiences.  Juliet and Denis will engage participants in a conversation about their mental health journeys to improve awareness and access to resources important to families in Ottawa and outlying communities, and to help build an interactive Web-based tool for families to find the best support for themselves at specific points along their mental health journeys.

The session will be held on Thursday, December 20, from 6 to 7:30 pm, at The Royal, 1145 Carling Avenue, in Room 1425.  Light refreshments will be included.  See the flyer for more information.  Registration is appreciated, but not required.

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5.  January 7: Deadline to respond to PSSP’s Call for Panel Members.  (See #1, at top)

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6.  January 10 – February 14

Living Healthy Champlain has announced a free six-week program for caregivers, called Powerful Tools for Caregivers, to start on Thursday, January 10, 2019.

The program will provide caregivers with tools and strategies to better handle the unique challenges they face.  In the six weekly classes, caregivers will develop a wealth of self-care tools to reduce personal stress, change negative self-talk, communicate their needs to family members and healthcare or service providers, communicate effectively in challenging situations, recognize the messages in their emotions, deal with difficult feelings, and make tough caregiving decisions.  Class participants will also receive a copy of The Caregiver Help book, developed specifically for the class.

The sessions will be held at The Royal Ottawa Mental Health Centre from 1:30 to 3:30 pm.  For registration information, contact Living Healthy Champlain at 1-877-240-3941.

To register, click here.

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7.  January 28

The Change Foundation and the Changing CARE projects have announced the “Changing CARE: Made-in-Ontario Approaches to Improving the Caregiver Experience” conference to be held in Toronto at 150 King Street West, 16th Floor, on Monday, January 28.  Registration will take place between 4 and 4:30 pm, while the presentations will begin at 4:30 pm.  Reception to follow.

Caregivers, system leaders, policy makers, and influencers are invited to be the first to learn about the change ideas, innovations, and resources The Change Foundation and its Changing CARE partners have created to better recognize, support, and integrate family caregivers in their health and community care organizations.

This event will feature presentations from each of the Changing CARE project teams, highlights of the emerging data, and the launch of a variety of tools and resources to work with caregivers across Ontario’s healthcare and community sectors.

Those who will not be able to attend in person may wish to attend via Webcast.  This event is free and open to everyone, but advance registration is required.

To register, click here.

For further information, contact Jocelyn Healey, Communications Associate, by telephone at 416-205-1579, or by Email at jhealey@changefoundation.com.

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8.  The International OCD Foundation (IOCDF) has created a new online community forum for individuals living with OCD, My OCD Community.

Those struggling to manage the impact of Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder and find support are not alone.  In addition to being highly misunderstood, OCD can be an unpredictable and unique disease that can impact all areas of one’s life.
Having a peer community to share experiences with and turn to for support can be an invaluable asset.  That’s why the IOCDF recently partnered with HealthUnlocked to launch this new peer-to-peer online community.
My OCD Community is a free, online peer-to-peer forum for members to share their OCD experiences.  The community is a safe space that allows members to post a question and get answers from members of the forum, share their OCD journey, connect with others, and contribute to ongoing conversations – all from a smartphone, tablet, or computer.
To learn more about My OCD Community, read the recent blog post here.

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9.  The Royal Ottawa Mental Health Centre is currently accepting nominations for the 2019 Inspiration Awards.  The awards ceremony, presented by TD Group, will be held on Friday, March 1.

Nominations are open in the following categories:

  1. Personal Leader for Mental Health,
  2. Community Leader for Mental Health,
  3. Youth Inspiration Award,
  4. Young Researcher
  5. Transformational Leader for Mental Health.

Whom should you nominate?  (NOTE:  Previous nominees can be nominated again.)

  • A young person who is engaging their peers in discussions about the importance of mental health.
  • A leader who is inspiring mass impact with his/her mental health/illness advocacy and education.
  • An individual or a family who has inspired others with their actions to help eliminate the stigma surrounding mental illness.
  • A community agency making significant contributions towards inspiring and educating a community about mental illness and has helped, on a local level, elevate mental health priorities.
  • A researcher who is undeterred in their pursuit for more knowledge about the complex workings of the brain.

Recognize someone who is making a difference!  Nominate them before January 14, 2019.  Click here for the nomination package and further information.  Share the Inspiration Awards nomination package and information with others on Facebook.

Questions?  Message tracey.welsh@theroyal.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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