Tuesday, September 20, 2016

From Recovery to Discovery Mental Health Peer Support Group


A Community Visit
to
A Mental Health Speak Easy



Friday, September 23rd, 2016
7:00 pm to 10:00pm 
           
Coburg Coffee
Halifax, NS



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, and this includes family members and friends.

Free!


Friday, September 23rd, 2016, 7:00 pm

The From Recovery to Discovery Mental Health Peer Support Group will be attending the Mental Health Speak Easy at Coburg Coffee on Friday, September 23rd, 2016

Please note: The From Recovery to Discovery Mental Health Peer Support Group will not be meeting in the Community Room at the Atlantic Superstore – Barrington Street during the evening of Thursday, September 22nd, 2016.

This week’s meeting will consist of a community outing to the Speak Easy event taking place at Coburg Coffee on Friday, September 23rd starting at 7pm.  This event is hosted by the PROsocial project at Dalhousie (whose mission is to “promote a PROsocial environment at Dalhousie University with the goals of improving student mental health and reducing the harms caused by substance use.”)  There will be music and art and poetry and a panel discussion.  

Sign up for weekly email notices for FR2D 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, Operations Support, 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
Laura Burke, Peer Support Facilitator, Schizophrenia Society of Nova Scotia, by sending an email tocontact@ssns.ca.http://ssns.us3.list-manage.com/track/open.php?u=cd00c528d436bba41e5db1c36&id=d92b68d5c1&e=fbaf914c0e

Friday, September 16, 2016

Families Matter in Mental Health Education and Support Program

Begins Wednesday, October 5, 2016, 6:30 pm

NSCC Stellarton Campus
Stellarton, NS





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.

Click on the image above to magnify it.

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Mental Health Supports Information Sharing Session


Tuesday, September 20, 2016
6:30pm to 8:00pm




Lunenburg County Lifestyle Centre
135 North Park Street
Bridgewater, NS

This meeting is open to all who are interested in exploring options for mental health support groups in or around the Bridgewater area. Groups that may develop out of this info session would be available (separately) to adults, youth and families/friends.

To download a PDF of the flyer please visit: http://bit.ly/2cINnoY

Please share with those who would benefit from being there!


This meeting is being hosted in collaboration with Freeman House, Self Help Connection and Laing House.

Tuesday, September 6, 2016

Pictou County Mental Illness Family Support Group


Tuesday, September 13
7-9pm




Family Education and Support Group Meeting

Date
Tuesday, September 13th, 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

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.

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, September 1, 2016

The Kings County Chapter of the SSNS


Wednesday, September 21st
7pm to 9pm

Kings County Schizophrenia Society
present

               




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


Tuesday, August 30, 2016

From Recovery to Discovery Mental Health Peer Support Group

A Summer Picnic





Thursday, September 1, 2016
6:30 pm to 8:30 pm

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!

Thursday, September 1, 2016, 6:30 pm 
A Summer Picnic at Cornwallis Park in Halifax
Everyone Welcome!
Please note: We will meet in the Community room at the Superstore at 6:30pm and head over to the nearby Park together as a group.

You are invited to the From Recovery to Discovery Mental Health Peer Support Group’s Summer Picnic at Cornwallis Park in Halifax (corner of Barrington Street and South Street).  Come and enjoy some relaxing sunshine, informal peer support, and wonderful sandwiches.  Water and soft drinks will also be provided.  If you play a musical instrument, please bring it along!  In the case of rain, the picnic will be held indoors in the Community Room at the Atlantic Superstore - Barrington Street, 1075 Barrington Street, Halifax.

Sign up for weekly email notices for FR2D 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
Laura Burke, Peer Support Facilitator, Schizophrenia Society of Nova Scotia, by sending an email to contact@ssns.ca.http://ssns.us3.list-manage.com/track/open.php?u=cd00c528d436bba41e5db1c36&id=d92b68d5c1&e=fbaf914c0e


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.

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!


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.
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    Also see:

    Nova Scotia Early Psychosis Program - Brochure

    Nova Scotia Early Psychosis Program - Website

    Nova Scotia Early Psychosis Program - Family Education (PDF)

    Mending Minds