Community news

NOTE: Check with each of the following organizations closer to the dates indicated below to determine whether their event has been cancelled or will take place.

1.  The Western Ottawa Community Resource Centre remains committed to ensuring the most vulnerable are supported in the community.  The WOCRC is participating in the city-wide Human Needs Task Force and adapting certain services to offer phone support and virtual programs.

  • Chrysalis House remains open and their crisis line is available 24-7.
  • EarlyON offers virtual services for families with children 0-6 years and Family Navigation.
  • Zone, Zone-Plus, and Queerios offer virtual youth drop-ins.
  • Community services provide telephone support and essential needs.
  • Counselling Services and information on community resources are available by phone.  These include, among others:
    • Mental health
    • Housing
    • Food
    • Women, violence against women
    • Seniors
    • Urgent transportation
    • Dental services
    • Financial
    • Harm reduction
    • Legal

Visit the Website, follow the WOCRC on Twitter and Facebook, or call 613-591-3686 to get the most up-to-date information on services.  Also, access Ottawa Public Health for information and the Distress Centre of Ottawa and Kids Help Phone for supports.

Thank you to many of you who are reaching out to your neighbours, families, friends, students, partners, and us here at Western Ottawa Community Resource Centre with offers of support.  We are here, and will get through this together as a community.  Stay home, stay healthy, and please reach us if you need anything.

Maria Friis, Capacity Developer, Western Ottawa Community Resource Centre.

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2.  An animated YouTube video, entitled FACE COVID, has been created by Dr. Russ Harris to help caregivers and their loved ones face COVID-19 by applying simple, but effective, strategies to manage their anxiety. (Time: 5:23)

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3.  Crossroads Children’s Mental Health Centre is OPEN.  The Centre is Ottawa’s community leader in developing and delivering a range of individualized mental health services solely for children under the age of 12 and their loved ones.  Free for families.

This is a great time to call Intake for services.  Walk-In Clinic services also continue to be offered.  Crossroads understands the stress families are dealing with at the moment.  This can translate to children having a hard time self-regulating with all the unstructured time or experiencing anxiety about the current situation, or parents struggling between work and taking care of a child that may not have the skills to keep themselves busy.  Our team remains available to the community by phone or video conferencing.

To book an intake or walk-in session, please call 613-723-1623 extension 232 or email info@crossroadschildren.ca and someone will be in touch with you shortly.”

For more information about this service, visit the Crossroads Website here.

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4.   The Ottawa Institute of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (Ottawa CBT) has made a series of free podcasts available on coping with the COVID-19 virus, among other topics, via Spotify.  Caregivers who attended the October 28, 2019, information session on Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder at The Oasis in Kanata will recognize Dr. Caitlin Claggett Woods’ name on the list of contributors.  Her 16-minute podcast on Coping with Anxiety & Distress During the COVID-19 Pandemic may be found at the top of the list in the link provided here.

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5.  The Ontario Caregiver Organization has produced a tip sheet entitled Caregiver Mental Health During COVID-19 Outbreak which provides a series of practical suggestions for those caring for a loved one during the present pandemic.

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6.  The Royal Ottawa Mental Health Centre has prepared a variety of resources for caregivers and their charges:

  • a COVID-19 Q&A: Tips for Caregivers page;
  • a Question & Answer (Q&A) page on how to manage Panic Attacks during the current health crisis;
  • A great big list of things that can help you cope while practicing physical distancing and self-isolation” (click here);
  • a detailed graphic called “Taking care of myself while practicing physical distancing;”
  • a means for individuals to contribute to The Royal’s “Add your questions to our COVID-19 Q&AsWebsite page whereby experts can provide answers that will be helpful for all; and
  • a free Webcast hosted by Dr. Tim Lau, Psychiatrist and President of the medical staff, which aired on April 9 on the topic of “Building resiliency in times of uncertainty – conquering COVID’s emotional contagion.”  (The session was recorded and will be made available on The Royal’s Website, as well as across its social media channels.)

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7.  The Schizophrenia Society of Ontario (SSO) has recently officially changed its name: as of April 2nd, 2020, the new name is IAMInstitute for Advancements in Mental Health.  For the past 40 years, SSO has provided services and programs to those living with and affected by schizophrenia and psychosis.  Visit the organization’s newly-designed Website for more details.

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8.  April 14

Lanark County Mental Health (LCMH) has announced a free eight-week Family Wellness Recovery Action Plan program to take place on Tuesday evenings from 6:30 to 8:30 in Carleton Place, 30 Bennett Street, starting on April 14.  The course is very helpful for caregivers and family members in their efforts to maintain their own well-being while supporting a loved one with mental health challenges.

See the poster for details.  For information or to register, contact Bill Janes at 613-257-5955.

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9.  Goldie Ghamari, MPP for Carleton has announced a Covid-19: Carleton Community Resource & Information Page.  The page offers the latest information on COVID-19, including:

  • health care information and resources;
  • education and resources;
  • business resources;
  • how businesses and organizations can help fight COVID-19;
  • videos from the Premier of Ontario;
  • Government news releases;
  • links to Federal, Municipal, and International Websites;
  • Carleton Community resources from unaffiliated third-party sites; and
  • additional helpful information for the people of Carleton.

Click here.

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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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