peer support for those affected by depression & bipolar disorder


monthly meetings

4th Wednesday each month - Sept to June at 7:00pm


location courtesy

Norval United Church, 486 Guelph Street, Norval, ON   map


for more information contact  

CMHA - Canadian Mental Health Assoc - Halton




upcoming meetings

Wed, Jan 24th 2018

doors open at 7:00pm meeting starts at 7:30pm


celebrating our 7th anniversary


topic       slow things down - a mindful approach to understanding anxiety and                   practical self care techniques.


speaker   Denis Olivier

                Community & Corporate Mental Health & Addictions Educator

                CMHA - Canadian Mental Association


Wed, Feb 28th 2018

doors open at 7:00pm - meeting starts at 7:30pm


topic        drum circle

                raise your vibration through the healing power of the drum


speaker   Bonnie Ross - Drum Circle Facilitator/Musician,

                former Child & Youth Counselor, Halton School Board


Wed, Mar 28th 2018

doors open at 7:00pm - meeting starts at 7:30pm


topic         tba

speakers  Julie and Dave, equilibrium-georgetown members


Wed, Apr 25th 2018

doors open at 7:00pm meeting starts at 7:30pm


topic       Along the Path from Burnout to Resilience   


speaker  Eran Talitman, Ph.D, C.Psych.




previous speakers & topics

Dec 2017

no meeting


Nov 2017

topic       aromas & the brain

speaker  Susan Stadnik

               educator with 16yrs experience, focused on those with                                           exceptionalities, including the autism spectrum


Oct 2017

topic             an evening of Yoga

speaker        Sheri Bain, teacher - Halton School Board and Lead - Light Yoga


Sept 2017

topic          my personal journey through depression using ECT, medication                    & other alternative methods

speaker      Kathryn - equilibrium core team member


June, July & August 2017

no meeting

May 2017

speaker    Dr Karl O'Sullivan, Psychiatrist

topic         Mood Disorders - looking back & looking forward

                 a synopsis of treatment advances & a vision for best treatment                              practices 

Apr 2017

topic      the importance of good nutrition in maintaining mental wellness

speaker Amanda Li, Registered Dietitian

              Founder, Wellness Simplified, Prof. George Brown College


Mar 2017

topic         depression - the secret we share

speaker    Andrew Solomon - TED talks video presentation


Feb 2017

topic       annual evening of Yoga with Sheri

speaker  Sheri Bain, teacher - Halton School Board & Lead - Light Yoga


Jan 2017

topic -  “Peer Support - Here we grow again;

            The changing local, regional & provincial landscape & where we fit in.”


speaker - Betty-Lou Kristy - Peer Support Substance Use Systems Lead &                         Consumer Survivor (CSI) Lead, Mississauga Halton LHIN Enhancing                 & Sustaining Peer Initiative - TEACH

Dec              no meeting

Nov 2016

topic         therapeutic value of art therapy

speaker   Jodie Godfrey - CMHA Halton

                Case Manager, Community Support Programs &

                Certified Art Therapist

Oct 2016

topic       CMHA free case management services & new programs

speaker  Denis Oliver,

               Community & Corporate Mental Health & Addictions Educator


Sept 2016

topic         recovery - one woman's story of help, hope & haiku

speaker   Julie - member equilibrium-georgetown


July & August  2016    no meeting

June 2016

topic       annual evening of Yoga with Sheri

speaker  Sheri Bain, teacher - Halton School Board & Lead - Light Yoga

May 2016

topic        spark of brilliance

                how the arts can promote recovery and discovery

speaker   Marcey Gray, Program Coordinator for Spark of Brilliance

                with Self Help Alliance & CMHA Waterloo Wellington Dufferin

Apr 2016

topic        healthy eating on a budget

                good nutrition is so important to maintaining mental health;
                find out how to stretch your dollars to provide the nutrition you need


speaker   Jennifer Viscek, Wellbeing Counsellor, Sobeys


Mar 2016

topic     Drum Circle

             coping with your mood disorder by beating away the blues

speaker Tom Wolf

              currently a facilitator & musician on Drum Café’s Toronto team

Feb 2016

Wed Feb 24th

meeting cancelled due to weather advisory


Jan 2016

celebrating our 5th anniversary!

topic       bipolar disorder - one person's journey throuogh depression,                      mania and stability

speaker  Stephanie K , equilibrium-georgetown core team member


Nov 2015

topic          becoming resilient

                  building the capacity to face, overcome, be strengthened by,                              & even transformed by experiences of adversity

speaker     Dr. Eran Talitman, Psychologist, Clinical Team Leader

                  The Southdown Institute

Oct 2015

topic           better sleep, better YOU, part 2

                   CBT-1, cognitive behaviour therapy for insomnia; practical                                  applications

speaker       Jessica Palmer, Psychological Associate

                     Halton Centre for Cognitive Therapy & Stress Reduction

Sept 2015

topic           T.E.A.C.H. and the expanding role of, and for, peer support

                   (Teach, Empower, Advocate for Community Health)

speaker       Lynn Gallagher, Program Supervisor with TEACH


July & August 2015    no meeting

June 2015

group walk to Willow Park Ecology Centre

restore balance & help reduce stress


Apr 2015

topic          Suicide: Let's Talk About It!

speakers   Trish Green - from a personal perspective

                  Dr Karl O'Sullivan - from a psychiatrist's perspective

                  Psychiatrist, Difficult to Serve Mood Disorder Clinic
                  Halton Healthcare Services

Mar 2015

topic         better sleep, better YOU

                 CBT-1, cognitive behavior therapy for insomnia

speaker    Jessica Palmer - Psychological Associate

                 Halton Centre for Cognitive Therapy & Stress Reduction

Feb 2015

topic           yoga technigues
speaker      Sheri Bain, teacher - Halton School Board & lead - Light Yoga


Jan 2015

topic           TAMI - talking about mental illness

                   help reduce the stigma of addictions & mental health
                   for youth & educators

speakers    Stewart Phillips & Al Duncan - TAMI advocates

                   Melanie McGregor - CMHA, communications 


Nov 2014

topic          creating meaningful work experiences leading to employment                     planning opportunities

speakers    Maria Okroukh, vocational support worker, STRIDE
Jan McCabe, North Halton manager, STRIDE

Oct  2014

topic          the mother-daughter equation - a bipolar disorder experience

speaker     Julie Lough - member equilibrium-georgetown


Sept 2014

topic         cognitive behavior therapy tools

speaker    Dr Susan Williams - Psychologist & Director

                 Halton Centre for Cognitive Therapy

Jun 2014

topic        'that’s just crazy talk'

speaker    video presentation by Victoria Maxwell

May 2014

topic        Elaine will cover the impact of her role at the hospital and with her
multi-disciplinary colleagues, and touch on the impact of her position
                on families and the individuals they are supporting.


speaker   Elaine Paton, Family Navigator, Mental Health and Addictions,

                Grand River Hospital, Kitchener
                Elaine’s adult son, in recovery with Schizophrenia  

Apr 2014

topic          what's new at T.E.A.C.H.  

                 Teach, Empower, Advocate for Community Health

speakers   Debbie Jones, Recovery & Volunteer Coordinator
                  Sushila Pereira, T.E.A.C.H. volunteer

Mar 2014

topic         feeling balance & a sense of calm through the use of yoga

speaker   Sheri Bain, teacher - Halton School Board & lead - Light Yoga


Feb 2014

topic    confessions of a depressed comic

            video pesentation by Kevin Breel

Jan 2014

topic         DSM* IV or DSM V - does it really matter in real life?

                *Diagnostic & Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders

 speaker    Dr. Tatjana Muhamedagic, RCPSC Specialist,

                 Child & Adolescent Psychiatry

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