Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Cape Breton Regional Municipality - Mental Health and Addictions Support Group Meeting (for Family and Friends)


Tomorrow, September 3rd, 6:30 pm

Sydney, Nova Scotia



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The "From Recovery to Discovery" Mental Health Peer Support Group - Halifax


Tomorrow, September 3rd, 6:30 pm




Meetings
Every Thursday Evening
6:30 pm to 8:30 pm

Free!

Community Room
Atlantic Superstore – Barrington Street
Halifax, Nova Scotia 

Plenty of free parking!

The Atlantic Superstore – Barrington Street is on the 3, 7, 9, and 41 Metro Transit bus routes.



Thursday, September 3rd, 2015, 6:30 pm

Going It Alone

A Mental Health Peer Support Group Meeting


The first half of this week’s meeting will be devoted to a mental health peer support group meeting focusing on the topic of Going It Alone.
“All man’s miseries derive from not being able to sit in a quiet room alone.”
Blaise Pascal
The following questions will be used to help guide the discussion:
  1. Have you ever lived alone?
  2. Have you ever travelled solo (e.g., backpacking across Europe or making a quick get away by yourself within Nova Scotia)?
  3. How do you feel about going out places on your own? This could include going out by yourself for dinner, to a movie or a concert, etc.
  4. If people can be said to be introverts or extroverts, how do you think they might differ in how they spend their time?
  5. What are some of the benefits of spending time alone?
The second half of the meeting will be an opportunity to talk about how you are doing. Please feel free to contribute, or to just listen.



Thursday, September 10th, 2015, 6:30 pm

An Informal and Interactive Conversation about Confidence

with


Bruce Miller
Public Speaker
Certified Professional Coach at John Maxwell Training


The second half of the meeting will be an opportunity to talk about how you are doing. Please feel free to contribute, or to just listen.


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Thursday, September 17th, 2015, 6:30 pm

The Value of Self-Care: Because You’re Worth It

A Mental Health Peer Support Group Meeting


The first half of this week’s meeting will be devoted to a mental health peer support group meeting focusing on the topic of The Value of Self-Care: Because You’re Worth It.

The second half of the meeting will be an opportunity to talk about how you are doing. Please feel free to contribute, or to just listen.



Thursday, September 24th, 2015, 6:30 pm

The Top 10 Ways to Succeed as an Adult with ADHD & Co-Occurring Conditions

with


ADHD & (Diverse)Ability Transition Coach / Trainer


The second half of the meeting will be an opportunity to talk about how you are doing. Please feel free to contribute, or to just listen.

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About the From Recovery to Discovery (FR2D) Mental Health Peer Support Group

The 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. To download the FR2D Mental Health Peer Support Group's meeting flyer (PDF), please click 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 toddmacmillan@bellaliant.com, or

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

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Janine Williams Memorial Bursary – 2015


Application Deadline

Friday, October 16th, 2015, 5:00 pm


In partnership with Cole Harbour / Eastern HRM Community Mental Health, the Schizophrenia Society of Nova Scotia awards the Janine Williams Memorial Bursary, valued at $500.00, to an individual living with a mental illness who is embarking on or pursuing some form of learning through formal education or life skills development. The eighth annual Janine Williams Memorial Bursary will be awarded in November 2015.

An advertising poster (PDF) to print and display in your work area and/or social settings can be downloaded by clicking here.



The late Janine Williams

Eligibility

Applicants for the Janine Williams Memorial Bursary must:
  • live in the communities of the Nova Scotia Health Authority, Central Zone (Zone 4);
  • live with a mental illness; and
  • be embarking on or pursuing some form of learning through formal education or life skills development.

Application Form

The Janine Williams Memorial Bursary application form (PDF) can downloaded by clicking here.

Application Deadline

The deadline for receipt of applications is 5:00 pm, Friday, October 16th, 2015.




The Janine Williams Memorial Bursary is supported through many private donations and a grant from the Mental Health Foundation of Nova Scotia.

Support for Family and Friends of Persons Living with Mental Illness


This Monday, September 7th, 7:00 pm

New Minas


A Self-Help Group in Kings County, Nova Scotia

Caring for a loved one who is dealing with a mental illness can require emotional and practical support. You are not alone. This self-help group was started in the fall of 2008 to share personal experiences in response to the need of support for the families and friends of persons living with serious mental illness.

While it originated through families involved in the Schizophrenia Society of Nova Scotia (SSNS), the group feels it can offer support to families dealing with a wide range of brain illnesses, including psychosis (a break with reality), major depression, and bipolar disorder. This is not a resource group to provide technical, medical or legal aid, or for advocacy - although our experiences may have touched on these issues. Everything shared within the group is confidential.


We meet on the first Monday of each month from 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm, except then this day is a statutory holiday.
Meetings are not held during the summer months of July and August.


Location

1032 Club Crescent
New Minas, Nova Scotia


For further information, please contact Roger Cann at 902-681-2448, or send an email to kcschizsoc@outlook.com.


The Schizophrenia Society of Nova Scotia exists to improve the quality of life for those affected by schizophrenia and psychosis through education, support programs, public policy and research ... including their families.


Helping hands graphic courtesy of Lincalinca.

Families Matter in Mental Health & Addiction - Education and Support Program -- Sydney, Nova Scotia


Begins this Tuesday, September 8th, 5:30 pm

Sydney, Nova Scotia



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

For a map of the location of 850 Grand Lake Road in Sydney, please click here.

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

Pictou County Mental Illness Family Support Group


This Tuesday, September 8th, 7:00 pm




Pictou County Mental Illness Family Support Group

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, September 8th, 2015

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

An evening for reconnecting and sharing after the summer break.


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.

Monday, August 31, 2015

HRM Family Education & Support Group


Monday, September 14th, 7:00 pm




HRM Chapter of the SSNS

Family Education & Support Group Meeting

Meetings are held the second Monday of each month (except on statutory holidays when meetings are held on the third 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.


Date
Monday, September 14th, 2015

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



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


Photograph of downtown Halifax by Derek Rodgers.

Families Matter in Mental Health Education and Support Program -- Berwick, Nova Scotia


Begins Tuesday, September 15th, 4:00 pm

Berwick, Nova Scotia



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

For a map of the location of 185 Commercial Street in Berwick, please click here.

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

Lunenburg County Chapter of the SSNS


Tuesday, September 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.

The Kings County Chapter of the SSNS


Wednesday, September 16th, 7:00 pm




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

Antigonish County Mental Illness Family Education & Support Group Meeting


Thursday, September 17th, 6:30 pm

Antigonish County Mental Illness Family Education & Support Group Meeting




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


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 Susan Walsh (susanwalsh51@hotmail.com)

Sunday, August 30, 2015

Families Matter in Mental Health Education and Support Program -- Halifax


Begins October 6th

Halifax, Nova Scotia

Bayers Road Community Mental Health
Bayers Road Centre
7071 Bayers Road, Suite 109
Halifax, Nova Scotia

To register, please call the Healthy Minds Cooperative at 902-404-3504, or send an email to hmnavigator@eastlink.ca.



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

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

Sunday, August 16, 2015

Getting Mental Health Crisis Support in Nova Scotia


Call (902) 429-8167 or 1-888-429-8167 (toll free)




The Mental Health Mobile Crisis Team (MHMCT) provides intervention and short term crisis management for children, youth and adults experiencing a mental health crisis. They offer 24/7 telephone intervention throughout Nova Scotia - (902) 429-8167 or 1-888-429-8167 (toll free) - and mobile response (1:00 pm to 1:00 am) in most communities in Halifax Regional Municipality.




Note that this video is four years old and it does not mention the 24/7 telephone crisis intervention service that is now available throughout Nova Scotia.

From this document:
Mental Health Crisis vs. Psychiatric Emergency

A mental health crisis is:
  1. an acute disturbance of thinking, mood, behaviour or social relationship that requires an immediate intervention;
  2. which involves an element of unpredictability, usually accompanied by a lack of response to social controls; and
  3. which may be defined as a crisis by the client, the family or other members of the community.*
Thoughts of suicide, distorted or psychotic thinking, intense anxiety, depression, unable to cope.

A mental health crisis does not necessarily require hospital-based assessment/triage services and can be effectively supported in the community by a team of service providers.

A psychiatric emergency is when a person is an immediate danger to him/herself due to compromised thinking and/or judgement. A psychiatric emergency requires hospital-based treatment services – Call 911 or attend a local emergency department.

* Consistent with B.C.’s Mental Health Reform Crisis Response / Emergency Services

Also see:

Mental Health Mobile Crisis Team

Mental Health Mobile Crisis Team - Overview Document (2007)

Video focuses on mental health (2013)

N.S. mental health supports reach rural areas (2013)

Meet Halifax's mental health mobile crisis team (2012)

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.
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    Also see:

    Nova Scotia Early Psychosis Program - Brochure

    Nova Scotia Early Psychosis Program - Website

    Nova Scotia Early Psychosis Program - Information for Family Members (PDF)

    Mending Minds

    Assistance with navigating mental health services in the Central Zone - Nova Scotia Health Authority


    404-3504 ext. 201




    From the Healthy Minds Cooperative's February 2013 newsletter:
    Navigation

    Going through the mental health system can be like trying to find your way through a maze. Navigation is a service that the Healthy Minds Cooperative provides that helps guide people living with a mental illness, and their families, to connect with support services in the community.

    The Navigator can answer your questions and concerns about:
    • Services in the community
    • Support groups
    • Programs and workshops
    • Referral Services
    • Advocacy
    • Web-based resources

    For more information about navigation, please call (902) 404-3504 ext. 201 or email hmnavigator@eastlink.ca.

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    Also see:

    Capital Health Addictions and Mental Health Program

    OurHealthyMinds.com

    Healthy Minds Cooperative

    The Self-Help Connection


    Community Helping Trees
    Bedford / Sackville

    Clayton Park / Fairview

    Cumberland County

    Dartmouth

    Halifax Peninsula

    Mental Health Services & Supports in Communities Across Nova Scotia

    Newcomers

    Prospect / Tantallon / Timberlea / St. Margarets Bay

    Dartmouth Seniors

    Spryfield

    Spryfield Youth

    Windsor / West Hants Community

    Mental Health Services on Cape Breton Island


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    To download the entire July 2012 booklet (PDF), please click here.

    Also visit:

    Cape Breton District Health Authority - Mental Health

    Guysborough Antigonish Strait Health Authority - Mental Health Services

    Addiction Services Cape Breton

    Also available:

    Mental Health Outpatient Services
    Strait Richmond Hospital
    138 Hospital Road
    Evanston, Nova Scotia
    B0E 1J0
    902-533-3300

    Learning about Schizophrenia: Rays of Hope


    A Reference Manual for Families & Caregivers

    Revised Fourth Edition (2012)



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    To download the 2012 fourth revised edition of Rays of Hope (PDF), please click here.

    Printed copies of Rays of Hope are available from the Schizophrenia Society of Nova Scotia at a cost of $10.00 (including shipping).  To order a copy with payment by Visa, MasterCard, or American Express, please call (902) 465-2601 or 1-800-465-2601 (toll-free in Nova Scotia), or send a cheque or money order to:
    Schizophrenia Society of Nova Scotia
    Room B-23, Purdy Building
    P.O. Box 1004
    Dartmouth, Nova Scotia
    B2Y 3Z9

    Key Findings in Early Psychosis: A Knowledge Sharing Initiative



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    To download a PDF version of the above flyer, please click here.

    To join the initiative, or for further information, please send an email to keyfindingsinearlypsychosis@outlook.com.

    Also see:

    Key Findings in Early Psychosis - Facebook Page & Twitter

    Video Introduction to Key Findings in Early Psychosis Knowledge Sharing Initiative

    Nova Scotia Early Psychosis Program

    Friday, August 14, 2015

    I am not sick, I don't need help!

    Dr. Xavier Amador is an internationally sought-after speaker, clinical psychologist, professor at Columbia University Teachers College in New York City, the Founder and Director of the LEAP™ Institute and author of eight books including the national best seller I’m Not Sick, I Don’t Need Help!

    In this video he talks about dealing with anosognosia, the lack of insight regarding a mental illness. The video was recorded during the Schizophrenia Society of Nova Scotia's Annual Conference in 2005.

    For a PowerPoint presentation on Dr. Amador's Listen-Empathize-Agree-Partner (LEAP) approach, click here.



    Part 1 of 2 (57 minutes)



    Part 2 of 2 (53 minutes)

    This video was reviewed by Schizophrenia.com on December 27, 2006. To read the review, please click here.


    Other videos featuring Dr. Amador:


    Cambridge Talk on Helping People with Mental Illness - October 2, 2012 (NAMI Cambridge Chapter)

    Keynote speech to the annual convention of the National Council for Community Behavioral Healthcare
    (May 2011)

    2011 Nordic Psychiatry Academy Interview with Dr. Amador

    "I am not Sick, I don't need help!" presentation at the 2011 Nordic Psychiatry Academy

    Anosognosia Workshop — July 3, 2010 (NAMI Conference)

    Also see:

    I am Not Sick, I Don't Need Help! How to help someone with mental illness accept treatment. 10th Anniversary Edition

    Families Overcoming Risks and Building Opportunities for Well-Being (FORBOW)


    Call for Participants



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    Download the FORBOW Leaflet for Families (PDF) by clicking here.


    Also see:

    FORBOW Website

    On Aprl 16th, 2014, Dr. Rudolf Uher interviewed on CBC Radio 1, as part of the Mainstreet Nova Scotia with Stephanie Domet - to listen to the interview, please click here.

    Friday, July 10, 2015

    Summer Leisure Activities in Halifax Regional Municipality

    As a follow up to the recent From Recovery to Discovery Mental Health Peer Support Group meeting on the topic of Summertime and the Livin’ is..., below are some links to various resources for finding fun and interesting things to do this summer.

    First up is the Community Resources page from Recreation Therapy – Mental Health program at Capital Health.  This page has sections for recreation/leisure opportunities in Halifax, Dartmouth, Spryfield, Bedford/Sackville and Windsor and each area of town has listings for creative pastimes, physical activities, relaxation opportunities, and social hobbies. 

    On each area page in the Community Resources you’ll also find links to the Leisure Helping Tree specific to that area that has lists of various low cost leisure activities with contact information for such activities as swimming, yoga, meditation, running/walking groups, community events and art/music related activities.   For your convenience here are links to the Halifax Leisure Helping Tree, the Dartmouth Leisure Helping Tree and the Spryfield Leisure Helping Tree.  Check out more than one Helping Tree as each has somewhat different activities offered.   Some of the activities on offer may need updating so be sure to get in touch with them to verify the details before attending.

    There is a Free and Low Cost Leisure Ideas Calendar that is available by direct download by cliking here.  The current calendar is for May/June and may be updated to July/August soon, but most of the activities/organizations should still be on offer but, as always, it would be a good idea to get in touch with them to confirm before attending.

    The city has a recreation website available with information about beaches, arenas, community centres, parks and a copy of the Spring/Summer 2015 Recreation catalogue can be downloaded here.

    The Coast is Halifax’s weekly free newspaper that always has up to date listings for events, festivals, music, theatre, movies, and more.  Each summer they print a Hot Summer Guide which you can access online here.  The Hot Summer Guide has a plethora of listings and information about happenings in the city this summer including festivals and events, summer cinema, patio guide, beach books reading list, summer fashion guide, summer music guide, sports events, etc.

    The Canadian Mental Health Association has social events on offer during the week at both their Halifax and Dartmouth locations.  To find out more information and to download a copy of their monthly social club calendars please visit here and be sure to call them for more information. 

    Enjoy all summer has to offer!

    Saturday, May 2, 2015

    Schizophrenia Society of Nova Scotia - 2015 Road to Recovery Walk


    Held on Saturday, May 2nd, 2015

    A big THANK YOU to everyone who participated!




    NO MORE

    Mental Illness = Shame, Misconceptions, Stereotyping, Prejudicial Attitudes, and Discrimination

    TAKE ACTION!

    There is still time to make a donation, to do so, please click here.




    The Schizophrenia Society of Nova Scotia’s 7th Annual Road to Recovery Walk is about coming together as a community to raise awareness and reduce the misconceptions, stereotyping, prejudicial attitudes, discrimination, and shame so often associated, unfortunately, with mental illnesses. On Saturday, May 2nd, 2015, Road to Recovery walks are being held in four different communities throughout Nova Scotia. These communities are: Bridgewater, Halifax, Pictou County, and Wolfville.

    One out of every twenty-five Canadians is directly affected by schizophrenia or some other psychotic disorder during their lifetime. Today, with early detection and the new medical, psychological, and psychosocial treatments and supports, recovery is not only possible, it is expected in most cases. There is a reason to hope!

    This annual fundraiser also allows the Schizophrenia Society of Nova Scotia to continue its important and extensive work to improve the quality of life for those affected by schizophrenia and psychosis – including families and friends – through education, support programs, influencing public policy, and encouraging research. For further information on the work of the Schizophrenia Society of Nova Scotia, please visit our Website, Facebook Page, and Twitter Feed. To join our mailing list, please click here.



    Please give what you can; we greatly appreciate your support.


    For Road to Recovery Walk information in your area; including the location, start time and a route map, please click on one of the following links: Bridgewater, Halifax, Pictou County, and Wolfville.

    To download the 7th Annual Road to Recovery Walk poster (PDF), please click here.


    Sponsors




    Supporters



    Also see:

    Monday, March 2, 2015

    Friday, January 9, 2015

    Healthy Minds Cooperative Newsletter - January 2015



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    To download the entire newsletter (PDF), please click here.

    Also see:

    Healthy Minds Cooperative

    Friday, November 7, 2014

    The Schizophrenia Society of Nova Scotia's 26th Annual Conference - The Brain: Mental Health & Psychiatric Disorders





    Held on November 7th, 2014


    Keynote Speaker

    "Brain Stimulation in Resistant Depression"



    Professor of Psychiatry
    Department of Psychiatry
    University of Toronto
    and
    Centre for Addiction and Mental Health
    Toronto, Ontario

    To download Dr. Daskalakis' biosketch (PDF), please click here.


    Invited Speakers


    "Early Intervention for Psychotic Disorders - Recent Findings"


    Interim Associate Chief
    Division of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry
    Dalhousie University
    and
    Head
    Youth Psychosis Program
    IWK Health Centre


    "What We've Learned about the Brain by Studying the Sense of Smell in Psychotic Disorders"


    Departments of Psychiatry and Psychology
    Dalhousie University
    and
    Co-Director
    Nova Scotia Psychosis Research Unit

    To download Dr. Good's biosketch (PDF), please click here.


    "Mindfulness and Contemplation in Support of Recovery"


    Dr. David Whitehorn
    Department of Psychiatry
    Dalhousie University
    and
    A Founding Director
    Atlantic Contemplative Centre


    "Early Experience, Stress and Long-Term Neurobehavioural Development: Unraveling the Thread of Nature via Nurture"


    Department of Psychology and Neuroscience
    Dalhousie University


    Morning Emcee


    Ms. Starr Dobson
    President & Chief Executive Officer




    Conference Sponsors




    _____________________________________________

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

    "The theme of this year's conference logo is clouds. When desiging the logo, I was reflecting on the way that different people see different images in clouds and how this is a matter of individual perspective. I made the brain appear "cloud-like" to convey the idea that there are many perspectives on brain science and mental health, and that these are constantly changing." ~ Terri Vernon

    Saturday, November 1, 2014

    Healthy Minds Cooperative Newsletter - November 2014




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    To download the entire newsletter (PDF), please click here.

    Also see:

    Healthy Minds Cooperative

    Monday, October 6, 2014

    Tuesday, September 2, 2014

    Tuesday, August 12, 2014

    LakeCity Employment Services Association -- Invitation to Comment



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    The above letter can be downloaded in Microsoft Word format by clicking here. A PDF version of the above letter can be downloaded by clicking here.


    Also see:

    LakeCity Employment Services Association

    Saturday, July 26, 2014

    Families Matter in Mental Health: An Education and Support Program -- Nova Scotia




    Research has shown that family members experience less stress and feel more encouraged about caring for their relative and themselves when they understand about mental illness and how to cope with difficult situations.

    The aim of this program is to provide family members of people living with mental illness the information, knowledge, common skills and confidence to deal more effectively with their role and to improve the quality of life for both the family member and person with the mental illness.

    Families Matter in Mental Health is adapted from a program developed by The Meriden Family Programme. Based out of the UK, The Meriden Family Programme is a training and organizational development program which has been promoting the development of family-sensitive, evidence-based mental health services since 1998, with a particular emphasis on the implementation of family work. It is a National Health Services (NHS) program with extensive experience of working with organizations to ensure families remain at the heart of quality mental health service delivery.

    To download the Families Matter in Mental Health provincial brochure (PDF), please click here.

    To register to participate in an 11-week session of Families Matter in Mental Health in Nova Scotia, or to learn more about this family education and support program, please connect with your local Mental Health and Addictions Services, contact information for which is available by clicking here (for people living within the boundaries of the Capital Health district [including the IWK Health Centre], please contact the Healthy Minds Cooperative by calling (902) 404-3504, or by sending an email to hmnavigator@eastlink.ca).




    Also see:

    Supporting Families in Recovery - Capital Health Addictions and Mental Health Program