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1.  The Change Foundation has released its 2019 Spotlight on Ontario’s Caregivers report, prepared in partnership with The Ontario Caregiver Organization.  This is the second annual survey of caregivers from across Ontario.  The 2019 report shows trends in the caregiver experience in Ontario.  Click here to read the report.

The insights from last year’s report have already made a tremendous impact by identifying that caregivers want one point of access for information.  To address this need The Ontario Caregiver Organization recently launched the Caregiver Helpline, a 24/7 resource that caregivers can call or engage in a live chat between 7 a.m. and 9 p.m., Monday to Friday, to find local supports, get information about caregiving and get other important knowledge caregivers need.

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2.  ADHD.  What programs and services do you need?”  In Canada, resources and support for people living with ADHD are minimal.  The Centre for ADHD Awareness, Canada (CADDAC), the only national, non-profit organization focusing solely on ADHD, is looking to understand the needs of the community, to explore potential programming it could offer, and to understand which services would be most helpful.  To assist with this initiative, click here to complete a short survey.

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3.  The Royal Ottawa Mental Health Centre (The Royal) is offering a Lanark County Family Peer Support Group meeting on Thursday, November 21, from 6:30 to 8 pm, in Carleton Place.  No registration required.  See flyer for more details.

For a list of support groups offered by The Royal, visit its Website.  See also the Adult Mental Health Family Support Services Calendar (June 20, 2019) here.

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4.  November 21

Toronto-based Partners for Planning (P4P) will offer a free Webinar on Understanding Your Legal Rights on November 21 at 7 pm.  To register for this session, click here.

Many parents are surprised to learn that they have few legal rights to act on behalf of their adult son or daughter with a developmental disability.  And, if it’s determined that their son or daughter lacks legal capacity, they themselves may have few rights.

P4P has created a new Action Guide which looks at Supported Decision Making as a way of supporting people who are vulnerable to maintain the power, choice, and control over the decisions that impact their life.

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5.  November 21

Living Healthy Champlain has announced a free, one-hour “Mental Health 101” Webinar to take place on Thursday, November 21, from noon to 1 pm.

The Webinar will cover some basic tips for taking care of one’s mental health and improving overall quality of life.  It will also review signs and symptoms of depression and anxiety, as well as provide suggestions regarding when to seek help.  Some resources will also be shared and participants will have an opportunity to ask questions.

The presenter will be Donna Klinck, MSW RSW, a mental health Social Worker working on a team called Shared Mental Health Care.  This multidisciplinary team offers mental health expertise to two large Academic Family Health Teams (Bruyère and The Ottawa Hospital FHTs).  Her role on the team is to offer non-medication strategies for mental health issues, using techniques from a variety of therapies and practices, such as Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) and mindfulness.

To register, click here.

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6.  November 21

The Royal Ottawa Mental Health Centre (The Royal) has announced a free information session on “Men’s Mental Health in the Workplace” as part of its Conversations at The Royal series.  The session will take place on Thursday, November 21, from 7 to 8:30 pm, in The Royal Auditorium, 1145 Carling Avenue.

Work is a place where stress is often high and emotions are generally unwelcome; a place where men are expected to thrive.  Success at work is often equated to success in life.  That kind of pressure can have a heavy impact on men’s mental health.

In honour of Movember, the session will explore work and men’s mental health.  Dr. Raj Bhatla, Psychiatrist in Chief and Chief of Staff at The Royal, and other experts will discuss what burnout and other signs of stress and mental illness look like in men and how to build resiliency and support men in the workplace.

The discussion will be hosted by Ian Mendes and Lee Versage from The Drive on TSN 1200.  This event is free, however registration is required.  To register, click here.

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7.  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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8 November 27

The Western Ottawa Community Resource Centre (WOCRC) has announced a free information and training session on Naloxone to take place on Wednesday, November 27, at 6:30 pm, at the Lion Dick Brulé Community Centre, 170 Castlefrank Road, in Kanata.

Join us for Opioid Overdose and Naloxone Training to get a kit and learn more about:

  • what opioids are and where you can find them,
  • signs and symptoms of an opioid overdose,
  • how to use a Naloxone kit and what to do in the event of an overdose, and
  • how the Canada-wide opioid crisis has affected Ottawa and what you can do to protect yourself and your loved ones.

To register, or for more information, contact Maria Friis, Capacity Developer, at friis@wocrc.ca, or call 613-591-3686, Ext. 256.  See also the poster for full details.

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9.  December 10

The Mental Illness Caregivers Association (MICA) announced an Art Market to be held on Tuesday, December 10, from 6:30 to 9 pm, at the Vimy Brewery Company, 145 Loretta Avenue.

The event will bring together artists who share a passion for the arts with those artists in the community who also live with mental illnesses.  See the flyer for details.

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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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