Tuesday, July 26, 2016

From Recovery to Discovery Mental Health Peer Support Group

A Sidewalk Trip
to the

Halifax International Busker Festival



Thursday, July 28, 2016
6:30 pm to 8:30pm 
           
Community Room
Atlantic Superstore – Barrington Street

Halifax, Nova Scotia

The From Recovery to Discovery Mental Health Peer Support Group is open to anyone affected, either directly or indirectly, by any type of mental illness.

Free!

This Thursday, July 28th, 2016, 6:30 pm

A Sidewalk Trip to the Halifax International Busker Festival
This week’s meeting will consist of a sidewalk trip to the Halifax International Busker Festival.  We will meet in the Community Room at the Atlantic Superstore – Barrington Street at 6:30 pm and walk to the Halifax Waterfront to be entertained and have some fun! In the case of inclement weather, we will be going to a coffee shop for some conversation and relaxation.  A beverage will be provided during the outing at no cost to you.

Sign up for weekly email notices here:  http://bit.ly/29O1hFP


About the From Recovery to Discovery Mental Health Peer Support Group
The From Recovery to Discovery (FR2D) Mental Health Peer Support Group is special because it moves beyond the expectation of simply existing with minimal symptoms of mental illness.  Our message is that we all have the opportunity to manifest our strengths, to recover a sense of empowerment, and to live with meaning and purpose.  Through the mutual sharing of our own wisdom and experience, we are reminded to reach for hope and fulfillment in our lives, and to help one another realize our potential.
                                                                               
The FR2D Mental Health Peer Support Group is open to anyone living with any type of mental illness or mental health problem.  There is no cost to attend.  The meeting format generally involves an interactive presentation on topics of interest to the group in the first hour, and a group discussion during the second hour. 

The FR2D Mental Health Peer Support Group's meeting flyer (PDF) can be downloaded by clicking here.

If you have any questions, or would like more information, please contact:
Todd MacMillan, Resource Advisor, Schizophrenia Society of Nova Scotia, by phoning 902-465-2601 (toll free 1-800-465-2601) or sending an email to todd@ssns.ca; or

Lisa Corra, Peer Support Facilitator, Schizophrenia Society of Nova Scotia, by sending an email to contact@ssns.ca.


Monday, July 25, 2016

Families Matter in Mental Health Education and Support Program

Begins  Wednesday, September 14, 2016, 6:30 pm

Old School Community Centre
Musquodoboit Harbour, Nova Scotia



To download a PDF version of the above poster, please visit here.

For further information on the Families Matter in Mental Health Education and Support Program, please visit here.

Tuesday, July 5, 2016

Richmond County Mental Illness Family Education And Support Group


Wednesday, July 6, 2016
 6:30pm - 8:30pm



Date
Wednesday, July 6, 2016

Time
6:30 pm to 8:30 pm

Place
St. Louis Parish Hall
148 Grandique Ferry Road
Louisdale, NS 

Topic
Evoking Commitment to Change

Guest Speaker
Keith Anderson
(Lawyer, Keynote Speaker, Mental Health Advocate)

Everyone Welcome!

Do you have a loved one or friend who lives with a mental health and/or addiction problem? If Yes, this meeting is for you. 

With sharing comes hope, strength, and wisdom.



For further information about the Richmond County Mental Illness Family Education And Support Group, please contact Jubanti Dhan Toppo, Project Coordinator, Schizophrenia Society of Nova Scotia, by calling (902) 631-1336, or by sending an email:  coordinator@ssns.ca.

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Inverness County Mental Illness Family Education & Support Group

Monday, June 27, 2016
 6:30pm - 8:30pm



Date
Monday, June 27th, 2016

Time
6:30 pm to 8:30 pm

Place
Inverness Education Centre Academy
59 Veteran Court, Room No. 118


Topic
Coping as a Family

Everyone Welcome!

Do you have a loved one or friend who lives with a mental healtand/or addiction problem? 

If Yes, this meeting is for you 


With sharing comes hope, strength, and wisdom.

For further information about the Inverness County Mental Illness Family Education And Support Group, please contact Jubanti Dhan Toppo, Project Coordinator, Schizophrenia Society of Nova Scotia, by calling (902) 631-1336, or by sending an email: coordinator@ssns.ca.

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Sydney Support Group for Mental Health and Addictions


Tuesday, June 21, 2016
 6:30pm - 8:00pm




The Sydney Mental Health & Addictions Support Group for Family and Friends meets on the third Monday of every month (except December) at the Grand Lake Road Fire Hall, 850 Grand Lake Road, Sydney, Nova Scotia.


Date
Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Time
6:30 pm to 8:00 pm

Place
Grand Lake Road Fire Hall
Classroom 15 (side entrance, plenty of free parking)
Sydney, Nova Scotia

Topic
 Learning to L.E.A.P.
(Listen, Empathize, Agree, Partner)


Everyone Welcome!

The Sydney Mental Health & Addictions Support Group for Family and Friends meets on the third Tuesday of every month (except December) at the Grand Lake Road Fire Hall, 850 Grand Lake Road, Sydney, Nova Scotia.

For further information about the Sydney Mental Health & Addictions Support Group, please contact Jubanti Dhan Toppo, Project Coordinator, Schizophrenia Society of Nova Scotia, by calling (902) 631-1336, or by sending an email to jubanti.dhan.toppo@bellaliant.com.

Tuesday, June 7, 2016

HRM Family Education & Support Group


Monday, June 13, 2016
7-9pm

To view the webcast from 7 to 8pm
please visit https://ssns.adobeconnect.com/hrmchapter and enter as a Guest. 
Date
Monday, June 13th, 2016

Time
7:00 pm to 9:00 pm

Place

Room 1243A, Halifax Infirmary
Queen Elizabeth II Health Sciences Centre
1796 Summer Street
Halifax, Nova Scotia

Topic
A Story of Recovery

Guest Speaker
Brad Rowe

Meetings are held the second Monday of each month (except on statutory holidays when meetings are held on the second Monday of the month, and during July and August, when meetings are not held).

Family members & friends who have a loved one experiencing mental health difficulties, including, but not limited to, psychosis, schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, anxiety disorders, and depression are all welcome to attend and participate.

For further information, please contact Donna Methot at (902) 462-8658, or send an email to hrmchapterssns@accesswave.ca.

Tuesday, May 10, 2016

Pictou County Mental Illness Family Support Group


Tuesday, May 10, 2016   7:00 pm




Family Education and Support Group Meeting


The Pictou County Mental Illness Family Support Group meets on the second Tuesday of every month (except July & August) at the Nova Scotia Community College in Stellarton.


Date
Tuesday, May 10th, 2016

Time
7:00 pm to 9:00 pm

Place
NSCC Pictou Campus
Room B-120 (back entrance, plenty of free parking)
Stellarton, Nova Scotia

Topic
Bill Rudolph from the Department of Community Services will join the group for an interactive discussion on the income assistance program.

Everyone Welcome!


For further information about the Pictou County Mental Illness Family Support Group, please contact Elaine Garland or Jean Milner.  Elaine can be reached by calling (902) 695-6118 or by sending an email to eegarl9@gmail.com.  Jean can be reached at (902) 754-7856.

Thursday, April 14, 2016

8th Annual Road to Recovery Walk - Saturday, May 7, 2016



JOIN US in Halifax for our signature fundraising event! Do so as an individual, join a Team, become a Team Captain and recruit your friends, family and colleagues for friendly competition.


CONNECTION, COLLABORATION, COMMUNITY
Our theme reflects our intention to make this year's walk a strong representation of community and caring that reflects the heart and soul of what true recovery means for all those affected by schizophrenia and psychosis.

We’re thrilled to announce that we will have special guests from The Spot joining us this year and sharing their musical and artistic talents!   The Spot is a  music & art space in Halifax open to anyone under 30, offered in partnership with Youth Art Connection and Connections Halifax.
               
       
                         
Walk Together to Raise Funds & Awareness!

If you have any questions or would like to obtain offline pledge sheets please email: todd@ssns.ca

Thursday, February 25, 2016

SSNS will be hosting the Schizophrenia Society of Canada's National Conference this year!




The Schizophrenia Society of Nova Scotia is very pleased to announce that we will be hosting the Schizophrenia Society of Canada's National Conference this year right here in Halifax!
The theme for this year's Conference is "Psychosis: New Perspectives and Bright Horizons" which promises to provide some exciting opportunities to engage with thought provoking new ideas and share relevant, timely and practicable information.

October 27 and 28, 2016
World Trade & Convention Centre
Halifax, Nova Scotia


Website: ssc2016.ca
To download a PDF version of the poster please visit: http://bit.ly/1VHrsO9

Stay tuned for more information!


Tuesday, January 12, 2016

The Kings County Chapter of the SSNS


Wednesday , January 20, 2016, 7:00 pm


          For more information about the Bloom Program please visit http://bloomprogram.ca/




Meetings of the Kings County Chapter of the Schizophrenia Society of Nova Scotia are generally held the third Wednesday of each month, beginning at 7:00 pm, at the Louis Millett Community Complex, 9489 Commercial Street (east entrance), New Minas, Nova Scotia. Meetings are not held during the summer months of July and August.  To contact the Kings County Chapter, please send an email to kcschizsoc@outlook.com.


Also see:

Kings County Chapter brochure (PDF)

Support for Family and Friends of Persons Living with Mental Illness: A Self-Help Group in Kings County, Nova Scotia


Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Giving Tuesday - Join the Schizophrenia Society of Nova Scotia in promoting the spirit of giving


December 1st is Giving Tuesday in Canada

The Schizophrenia Society of Nova Scotia supports and cares for people living with mental illness and for their families and friends. Without support from our caring donors we would be unable to do this valuable work.  


Please join our community of support by donating to the Schizophrenia Society of Nova Scotia.  Your donation will have great impact as you help us provide much needed support to those facing mental health challenges, and to their family members, friends, and loved ones. Learn more about us at www.ssns.ca.  The Canadian spirit of giving warms our hearts and the hearts of those we serve. Your generosity is appreciated every day!









Thursday, November 19, 2015

How to refer someone to the Nova Scotia Early Psychosis Program




From the Nova Scotia Early Psychosis Program (NSEPP) website:
Because NSEPP is located in Halifax, within the largest of the Nova Scotia health regions; Capital Health, the program provides direct clinical services to residents of the Capital Health district.

Referrals to NSEPP can be made by anyone, including mental health care professionals, family physicians, community agencies, educators and school counselors, family members, friends and any young person who suspects they may be suffering from a first episode of psychosis.
Criteria for referral of individuals who reside in the Capital Health district are:
  • Any individual between the ages of 15-35 who is suspected of experiencing or has been diagnosed with a first episode of psychosis, and
  • Has been treated for less than 6 months with an anti-psychotic medication, and
  • At the time of referral has had active, untreated psychosis for less than one year.
If you or someone you know meets these criteria please contact the NSEPP immediately at (902) 473-2976.

What can I expect if I refer someone who resides in the Capital Health district?
  • The intake coordinator from NSEPP will usually contact the person making the referral within 1- 2 working days after NSEPP receives the referral. The purpose of this contact is to obtain information necessary to decide if the person being referred meets the criteria for the NSEPP program and to also determine the urgency of the referral.
  • All information regarding new referrals is presented by the intake coordinator to the NSEPP multidisciplinary team at their weekly meeting. At that meeting the NSEPP team will determine if the individual referred meets the criteria for the NSEPP program. If a referral meets criteria, NSEPP endeavours to assess those individuals within 1-2 weeks.
  • Priority for appointments for initial assessments will be determined by the NSEPP team based on their assessment of the degree of urgency.
  • Urgent referrals are assessed, whenever possible, within 1-2 working days.
  • The individual making the referral to the NSEPP will be notified of the date of the assessment appointment and, after the assessment is completed, will be notified of the outcome.
  • If it is determined that an individual referred to NSEPP does not meet criteria for the program, the individual making the referral will be notified by the intake coordinator and will be provided with information regarding referral to other appropriate mental health services. 

    Under the provincial service delivery model developed by the Nova Scotia Department of Health and as one of the Dalhousie University Department of Psychiatry clinical academic programs, NSEPP provides clinical consultation for residents of the Maritime provinces who reside outside the Capital Health district.
    Criteria for referral of individuals who reside in the Maritime Provinces outside of the Capital Health district:
    • NSEPP only accepts referrals for consultation from health care professionals including any mental health care professional or family physician, and
    • Any individual between the age of 15-35 who is experiencing early psychosis (within the first 5 years of the onset of psychosis), may be referred for a consultation regarding diagnosis and/or treatment.

    NSEPP does not provide ongoing clinical services to individuals who reside outside of the Capital Health district.

    What can I expect if I refer an individual who resides in the Maritime Provinces outside of the Capital Health district?
    • The intake coordinator from NSEPP will usually contact the person making the referral within 1 week after NSEPP receives the referral. The purpose of this contact is to obtain more detailed information regarding the reasons for the referral for consultation from the NSEPP.
    • All information regarding consultations is presented by the intake coordinator to the NSEPP multidisciplinary team at their weekly meeting. At that meeting the NSEPP team will determine if the consultation referral to NSEPP meets the program criteria for consultation from NSEPP.
    • If a consultation referral meets the NSEPP criteria, the NSEPP endeavours to assess all individuals referred for a consultation within 4 weeks after NSEPP receives the referral
    • The individual making the referral to the NSEPP will be notified of the date of the consultation appointment. Once the consultation is completed, the individual making the referral will receive a written report.
    • If it is determined that an individual referred to NSEPP does not meet criteria for referral for a consultation from NSEPP the individual making the referral will be notified by the intake coordinator and will be provided with information regarding referral to other appropriate mental health services.

    At this time, persons referred for a consultation with the NSEPP must be willing to travel to Halifax/Dartmouth Nova Scotia for an assessment

    To make a referral for a consultation please contact (902) 473-2976.
    Image credit

    Also see:

    Nova Scotia Early Psychosis Program - Brochure

    Nova Scotia Early Psychosis Program - Website

    Nova Scotia Early Psychosis Program - Family Education (PDF)

    Mending Minds

    Tuesday, November 17, 2015

    Lunenburg County Chapter of the SSNS


    Monday , December 15th, 7:00 pm




    The Lunenburg County Chapter holds monthly support meetings for people living with mental illness, their family members, and friends, at Holy Trinity Anglican Church, 68 Alexandra Avenue, Bridgewater.  Meetings are held the third Tuesday of every month, except during the summer months of July and August. For further information please call (902) 527-1893 or (902) 527-1692 or visit ssnslcc.blogspot.com.

    Antigonish County Mental Illness Family Education & Support Group Meeting



    Thursday, November 19th, 6:30 pm



    Community Room
    The People’s Place Library
    Antigonish, Nova Scotia

    Topic
     Talking to a Loved One's Psychiatrist

    Guest Speaker
    Dr. Sanajana Sridharan, Psychiatrist

    Family members and friends of people living with mental illnesses are all welcome to attend and participate. These mental illnesses can include, but are not limited to: psychosis, schizophrenia, schizoaffective disorder, bipolar disorder, anxiety disorders, and depression.

    If you have a loved one living with a mental illness, this meeting is for you. With sharing comes hope, strength, and wisdom. Please come join us – together we can bring a significant change in the lives of the people we love.


    For further information, please contact: Jubanti Dhan Toppo, Project Coordinator, Schizophrenia Society of Nova Scotia, at 902-631-1336, or send an email to jubanti.dhan.toppo@bellaliant.com.


    Artwork by Rodrick J Mackinnon



    Thursday, October 8, 2015

    Thriving in Recovery - 27th Annual Conference - Schizophrenia Society of Nova Scotia

    Friday, November 13th, 2015

    9:00 am to 3:45 pm




    McInnes Room
    Student Union Building
    Dalhousie University
    Halifax, Nova Scotia


    Conference Registration

    (includes morning refreshments, lunch, and one nutrition break) 

    General: $125 

    Schizophrenia Society of Nova Scotia Members: $80 

    Students: $40 

    Unwaged: Free

    To register as Unwaged, please fill out and mail in the registration form (PDF) available by clicking here, or call the Schizophrenia Society of Nova Scotia provincial office at 902-465-2601 or 1-800-465-2601 (toll free in Nova Scotia) to register .

    All-Day Parking Pass: $10

    Online paid conference registration is available immediately below (the form may take a minute to load).




    Conference Program

    Morning Emcee


    Ms. Starr Dobson
    President & Chief Executive Officer
    Mental Health Foundation of Nova Scotia



    Conference Speakers

    "Retelling the Story of Mental Illness: Resistance, Reclamation, and Recovery"



    Laura Burke, M.A.
    Drama Therapist / Playwright / Actor / Spoken Word Poet



    "Recovery from Schizophrenia"


    Frederick J. Frese III, Ph.D.
    Coordinator
    Summit County (Ohio) Recovery Project
    and
    Associate Professor of Psychiatry
    Northeast Ohio Medical University

    Dr. Frese is a psychologist with more than forty years experience working with people who are living with severe mental illnesses. Since retiring from the Ohio mental health system where he served as Director of Psychology at Western Reserve Psychiatric Hospital for 15 years, he has coordinated the Summit County Recovery Project, serving folks who have experienced mental illness in the Akron area. He serves on the clinical faculty at the Northeast Ohio Medical University and Case Western Reserve University. He has served on the Boards of the National Institute for the Severely Handicapped (NISH), and was also the longest serving member of Board of Trustees of National Alliance on Mentally Illness (NAMI). He currently serves on the Board of the Treatment Advocacy Center (TAC) and CIT (Crisis Intervention Training) International.



    "Worth Living"


    Keith Anderson, LL.B., LL.M.
    Public Speaker / Mental Health Advocate / Author / Consultant

    Keith Anderson is a lawyer who had depression. In 2003, the illness had such a devastating impact that he lost his personal relationships, his career, and almost his life. After years of being confined to the house, he wanted to explain to the world what had happened. He was desperate to have a voice.

    He has since written for the National Post, the Nova Scotia Barristers' Society, and the Canadian Bar Association. And, as part of sharing his relevant and inspiring journey of succeeding over depression, Keith has spoken at national conferences, universities, awareness campaigns, and fundraisers.

    Keith has found his voice.



    "Moving from Pathology to Recovery"


    Chris Summerville, D.Min., CPRP
    Chief Executive Officer
    Schizophrenia Society of Canada

    Dr. Chris Summerville is a resident of Steinbach, Manitoba, and has had personal experience with mental illness as a family member and as an individual. He has been the executive director of the Manitoba Schizophrenia Society since 1995, and CEO of the Schizophrenia Society of Canada for the past eight years

    As a provincial and national leader, Chris serves on numerous boards and committees, including the Mood Disorders Society of Canada, and he is Co-Chair of the Canadian Alliance on Mental Illness and Mental Health. On August 31, 2007, Chris was named by Prime Minister Harper as one of eleven non-governmental directors of the board of the newly established Mental Health Commission of Canada, then chaired by The Honourable Michael Kirby.

    With an earned doctorate, Chris is a Certified Psychosocial Rehabilitation Practitioner (CPRP), an ASIST Suicide Intervention Trainer with Living Works, and he is a trainer with the Co-Occurring Disorders Initiative of Manitoba Health and the Winnipeg Regional Health Authority. He is an ordained pastor credentialed with the Associated Gospel Churches of Canada.

    Chris’ passion is the creation of recovery oriented mental health services that address body, mind, soul and spirit in the context of community from a bio-psycho-social-spiritual-recovery-empowerment perspective.

    In his advocacy for enhanced mental health services for all people groups of Canada, Chris believes our society and leaders must see mental illness and mental health challenges, not merely as a health issue, but as a social justice issue that addresses the inequities, inequalities, and injustices towards those living with mental illness (and their families), who have been ghettoized, stigmatized, marginalized, and disenfranchised through systemic discrimination.



    "Our Family’s Journey from Illness to Wellness"


    Cecilia McRae, B.Ed., B.Sc.
    Member, Pictou County Mental Illness Family Support Group

    Cecilia McRae is a retired teacher, a co-facilitator of the Pictou County Mental Illness Family Support Group, a member of the Creative Wellness Group in Antigonish, Past President of the Schizophrenia Society of Nova Scotia, and a former member of the Advisory Committee for the 2012 Mental Health and Addictions Strategy for Nova Scotia, Together We Can. She holds a Bachelor of Education and a Bachelor of Science from the University of Prince Edward Island.


    Conference Sponsors




    The conference logo is an original graphic design donated by Terri Vernon, faculty member, Nova Scotia Community College, Annapolis Valley Campus, Middleton.

    8th Annual Mental Health Community Festival of Hope


    TODAY, October 8th, 1:30 pm





    Sunday, October 4, 2015

    Infinitely Polar Bear:
    Free Film Screening to Raise Awareness of Mental Illness


    Saturday, October 10 at 10am
    Cineplex Cinemas New Glasgow



    Mental Illness Awareness Week is October 4 – 10, 2015, and in New Glasgow there will be a free film screening to raise awareness of mental illness and its impact on families.

    Infinitely Polar Bear will be screened at 10 am, Saturday, October 10 at Cineplex Cinemas on East River Road, New Glasgow. This will be the first showing of this film in Nova Scotia, a film that was screened last year at international film festivals, including Sundance, Toronto and Vancouver.

    The film is the true story of a father with Bipolar who tries to win back his wife by attempting to take full responsibility of their two young, spirited daughters. The film was written and directed by Maya Forbes, telling the story of her father.  

    The film is being shown on the last day of Mental Illness Awareness Week, a cause that is very personal for the organizers, Elaine Garland and Cecilia McRae, of the Pictou County Mental Illness Family Support Group.

    Cecilia and Elaine’s family’s have both been touched by mental illness. Both sit on the Board of the Schizophrenia Society of Nova Scotia, and with support from that organization were able to start the Pictou County support group they now co-facilitate.

    The Pictou County Mental Illness Family Support Group is fundraising to make the free screening   possible, and the event is being presented in partnership with the Aberdeen Health Foundation.

    The Aberdeen Health Foundation is committed to mental health initiatives and to raising awareness about the Sandbar Mental Health Endowment, a fund that supports mental health treatment and      programs in our community,” says Susan Malcolm of the Aberdeen Health Foundation.

    The Foundation is also sponsoring tickets, to provide some of the 200 free seats the organizers hope to have available.

    For those wanting to sponsor seats, or in the event the free seats are filled, tickets are $8, including taxes, this is a special ticket price that is being offered by Cineplex for this event. To sponsor or reserve seats contact Elaine at (902) 695-6118. 

    To read more about MIAW and the efforts of the PCMIFSG to raise awareness and reduce stigma please visit here.