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  • Ottawa, Thursday, April 30, 7 pm-9 pm – A Night of Flamenco for Hopewell, at Adobe Conference Centre, 343 Preston Street.  Flamenco dancer extraordinaire Juliana Pulford of Studio Flamenco and guitarist Philippe Jean of Montreal will enchant you in an evening of Flamenco dance and music. All proceeds will go to Hopewell, eastern Ontario╩╝s only eating disorder support centre helping adolescents and their parents cope with the silent killers.  Tickets are $40 (a $20 charitable receipt will be provided # 88008 3522 RR0001).  Visit the following site to buy your ticket now and support Hopewell: https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/a-night-of-flamenco-for-hopewell-tickets-15540611387

  • Ottawa, Thursday, May 7 - Ancoura - Creating Homes and Community for Mental Health – Join us for Dinner and an Evening of Celebration:  6 pm Reception, Silent Auction and Cash Bar 7 pm Dinner & Wine.  Speaker:  Dr. Tom Fogl, Psychiatrist, Royal Ottawa Mental Health Centre.  Dress: Business casual.  Silent and Live Auctions, Master of Ceremonies and Auctioneer: Kent Browne.  Location:  St. Elias Centre  750 Ridgewood Ave (at Mooney’s Bay).  Tickets:  $100 per person (with a $50 tax receipt).  Can’t attend?  Consider purchasing dinner for one of our residents.  Reserve by April 24 by contacting Jane O’Brian at janeobrian@magma.ca or 613-745-4412 or reserve online at www.ancoura.ca.

  • Ottawa – Saturday and Sunday, May 23 and 24, 10 am to 4 pm, Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT) for Family Members: Carer Workshop, facilitated by Professor Douglas Turkington, Newcastle University and Toyah Lebert, Carer CBT for schizophrenia researcher.  This 2-day workshop will cover a number of high yield techniques that carers can use to effectively support their family members with schizophrenia. The workshop will also include looking after yourselves and how to engage with your relative/dependent as to how you need to look after your health, what’s the correct response to someone with schizophrenia, reminder mechanisms, sort your own stress, signs of relapse and how to introduce and use relapse plans. Click here for the poster.  (Although the poster specifically focuses on families supporting members with schizophrenia, CBT is a useful therapy for the treatment of many mental illnesses and addiction issues. Thus, attendance at this workshop may be of benefit to many families who have loved ones with a diagnosis other than schizophrenia.)  Location: The Royal, Associates in Psychiatry Auditorium, 1145 Carling Avenue, Ottawa.  Cost:  50 per person (lunches included).  Please note that the workshop is very popular so early registration is recommended.  To register, please visit https://www.regonline.com/CarerWorkshop2015.

  • Kanata – The Oasis in Kanata is a program that offers information and support for caregivers in Kanata and its surrounding areas. Living with mental illness can be as challenging for those close to the individuals as for the individuals themselves. Events are held at the Glen Cairn United Church, 140 Abbeyhill Drive, Kanata.  For more information on the following events, please visit their Events Calendar at www.TheOasisKanata.ca or or email info@TheOasisKanata.ca.  The following sessions are free, no registration required.  All are welcome.

    -        Monday April 20, 7 - 9 pm, Housing and Mental Illness.  Guest speakers from the Ottawa General Hospital’s Crisis Bed Unit, Ancoura (http://www.ancoura.ca), and the Mental Illness Caregivers Association (http://www.micaontario.com) will discuss caregivers’ housing options for their loved ones once they can no longer provide accommodation for them.

    -        Monday May 25, 7 – 9 pm, The Person beyond the Illness: How Viktor Frankl Defended the Dignity of Psychiatric Patients.  Edward Marshall of the Ottawa Institute of Logotherapy will provide an overview of the life and work of the author of Man’s Search for Meaning; his theory, Logotherapy; and how his story as a Jewish Holocaust survivor relates to mental illness today. His work has inspired many people to overcome situations of unavoidable suffering.

  • Mental Health First Aid.  Mental Health First Aid Basic is a 12-hour training course with a focus on adults with mental illness. This is an interactive learning experience. This course helps people to: identify when a person may be a danger to themselves or to others and take steps to preserve life; recognize the early signs of mental health problems and provide help toward preventing more serious problems from developing; provide comfort to someone with a mental health problem and support them in their recovery; guide a person toward the appropriate professional help.


         After successfully completing the Mental Health First Aid Canada course, participants will receive a Mental Health First Aid Canada Certificate. Participants are also provided with the first aid package which covers the course content and provides additional resources. Participants must attend all 12-14 hours of the course to receive their certificate.  Courses are held throughout Canada.  For more information, visit http://www.mentalhealthfirstaid.ca.