Community news

1.  The Western Ottawa Community Resource Centre (WOCRC) is pleased to announce its new 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 July.  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 6 & 20

The Royal Ottawa Health Care Group announced a series of free Tuesday evening workshops for family caregivers to be held at The Royal, 1145 Carling Ave, in Room 1425, from 6 to 7:30 pm:

  • August 6: Motivational Interviewing for Families.
  • August 20: 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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4.  July 24 – 25

The Distress Centre of Ottawa and Region will offer training in Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST) on Wednesday, July 24, and Thursday, July 25, from 9 am to 4:30 pm, at 363 Coventry Road.  The two-day workshop prepares participants to provide Suicide First Aid Intervention.  Cost:  $250/person.  The deadline to register is July 18.  For more information and to register, click here.  For questions, contact Vanessa at vbascelli@dcottawa.on.ca.

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5.  August 6 DEADLINE

The Schizophrenia Society of Ontario (SSO) is now accepting applications for its scholarship program.  It is one of Canada’s only bursary programs dedicated to funding educational opportunities for people affected by Schizophrenia or Psychosis.

SSO offers the following scholarships each year to eligible applicants:

  • Schizophrenia Society of Ontario Scholarship: for individuals living with Schizophrenia or Psychosis.  Funded by individual designated donations.
  • Say Yes to Me Scholarship: for individuals living with Schizophrenia.  Funded by Otsuka-Lundbeck.
  • Klara Boadway Memorial Scholarship: for young women living with Schizophrenia or Psychosis who are pursuing an education in the Health, Social Sciences, or social services fields.  Funded by Richard Boadway in memory of his daughter, Klara.

Applications are available on SSO’s Website.  Applications may be submitted by mail, Email, or Fax on or before August 6.  For questions, comments, or concerns, contact Kayla Nicholls, Program Manager, Schizophrenia Society of Ontario (SSO), at knicholls@schizophrenia.on.ca, or by telephone at 1-800-449-6830, Ext. 229.

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6.  August 10

The Mental Illness Caregivers Association of Canada (MICA) will hold its annual Art In The Park fundraising event on Saturday, August 10.  For details, click here.

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7.  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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8.  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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9.  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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10.  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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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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