Wednesday, September 30, 2015

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


Begins tomorrow, October 1st, 6:30 pm

Stellarton, Nova Scotia




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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


Monday, December 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 Education and Support Program -- Halifax


Begins this Tuesday, October 6th, 6:00 pm

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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Sydney Mental Health & Addictions Support Group


Monday, October 19th, 6:30 pm




Sydney Mental Health & Addictions Support Group

The Sydney Mental Health & Addictions Support Group 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
Monday, October 19th, 2015

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


Everyone Welcome!


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.


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


Begins Tuesday, October 20th, 6:00 pm

Lower Sackville, Nova Scotia



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Sunday, September 27, 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)

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.

Image credit


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 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

"Like" the Schizophrenia Society of Nova Scotia on Facebook ...


... by clicking here (then click the "Like" box).






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

Nova Scotia Certified Peer Support Specialist Program - Brochure




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Also see:

Healthy Minds Cooperative

Healthy Minds Cooperative - Brochure (PDF)

Early Psychosis Family Education - Nova Scotia Early Psychosis Program




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

Also see:

Early Psychosis Family Information Sessions

Early Psychosis Family Support Group - Brochure (PDF)

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

How to refer someone to the Nova Scotia Early Psychosis Program

Nova Scotia Early Psychosis Program

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.

Supporting Families in Recovery - Mental Health and Addictions Program - Nova Scotia Health Authority, Central Zone




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Also see:

Mental Health and Addictions Program - Nova Scotia Health Authority, Central Zone

Families Matter in Mental Health

Mental Health Foundation of Nova Scotia

Schizophrenia Society of Nova Scotia

Healthy Minds Cooperative

Monday, September 21, 2015

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


Ongoing

Amherst, Nova Scotia



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

Tuesday, September 15, 2015

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


Ongoing

Berwick, Nova Scotia



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

Tuesday, September 8, 2015

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


Ongoing

Sydney, Nova Scotia



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