peer support for those affected by mental health conditions and 

their friends and families

Tues, Feb 14th, 2023

7:00 - 9:00 pm    doors open 6:45 pm

 

topic           Mental Health: Tips & Tools for Helping Each Other

                   & (Navigating a Complex System)

 

speaker:     Melanie McGregor, Manager,Quality Improvement & Development

                   CMHA, Halton Region Branch

 

future meetings  for winter/spring 2023

2nd tuesdday monthly

Mar 14th, Apr 11, May 9, Jun 13th

previous speakers & topics

Jan  2023

topic        DBT - Dialectical Behaviour Therapy

                 How DBT works   

speaker:  Presented by Joesph Brant Hospital

                 Melanie Walker, MSW, RSW,

Dec 2022

topic        Managing Your Technology  Use Through the Holidays

                 and Beyond

speaker:  Presented by ADAPT

                 Scott Swiniarski, BA Psych. 

                 Priya Chauhan, Registered Psychotherapist            

Nov 2022

topic         Making the 911 Call

speaker    Carole Caron, R.N. & Peer Support Provider

                 

Apr 2020

Meeting cancelled

Mar 10th 2020

topic        Breaking the Mental Health Cycle
               in the Criminal Justice System

speaker  Joann Carrothers - family support facilitator

               The Bridge prison to community
           

Feb 2020

topic         Meeting Stress with Skill and Wisdom: 

                 An Introduction to Mindfulness

speaker    Dr. Susan Williams, Psychologist and Director

                 THE HALTON CENTRE
                 for Cognitive Therapy & Stress Reduction

Jan 2020

topic       caregiving - part 2

             Caring for the Individual - Caregiver Responsibilities

speaker   Michele Sparling

                   Mental Health Advocate & speaker, Founder of Just Be You 

 

Dec 2019

topic         caregiving part 1

                 Caring for You - Self-care for Caregivers

speakers   Susan & John, equilibrium core group mambers

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Nov 2019

topic        When 'Don’t Worry, Be Happy' Doesn’t Cut It

                  Signs, Symptoms, & Impacts of Anxiety

speaker   Melanie McGregor, Specialist, Health Promotion & Advancement                         Canadian Mental Health Association Halton Region Branch

 

Oct 2019

topic         Oakville Community Mental Health Police Services

speaker    Halton Regional Police

 

Sept 2019

topic        Recognizing Bipolar Disorder - its ups & its downs

                from a psychiatrist's point of view

speaker    Dr Karl O'Sullivan, Psychiatrist

 

July & August 2019     no meeting

 

June 2019

topic         CBT- Cognitive Behavioral Therapy

                 challenging unhelpful thinking patterns

speakers   Melanie Walker, Intake Co-ordinator, Out-patient Mental Health

                  Community Mental Health, Joseph Brant Hospital

                  Patti Moorcroft-Tasker, peer support

May 2019

topic          mood disorders and seniors

speaker     Dr Syeeda Salim - MBBS, MRCPsych (part1) UK ,FRPC

                  Geriatric Psychiatry, Adult Outpatient Services

                  Oakville Trafalgar Memorial Hospital

Apr 2019

speaker    Lindsay Wagner, RMT

topic         Breath & Exercise 
                 
access your Rest & Digest (Parasympathetic) Nervous System

Mar 2019

topic             guardianship, power of attorney & finances

                     for vulnerable individuals

speaker        Hilary Callin - Treatment Decisions Consultant

                     Office of the Public Guardian and Trustee

                     Ministry of the Attorney General

 

Feb 2019

meeting cancelled due to weather

 

Jan 2019

topic             depression: the secret we share

speaker        Andrew Soloman - writer, lecturer

                     video presentation

Dec 2018

topic        peer group mentoring

                 its evolution & impact

speaker   Chelsea Robertson, SSW Scholar

                 Peer Mentor, One-Link

 

Nov 2018

topic         anxiety

speaker    Linda Horsky - CMHA  Case Manager

 

Oct 2018

topic          Cannabis Legalization: Answering Your Burning Questions 

speaker     Erin Horlings, Addiction Clinician & Concurrent Disorders specialist                    with ADAPT & the Phoenix Early Intervention Psychosis Program

 

Sept 2018

speaker   Dr Karl O’Sullivan, Psychiatrist

topic        Is depression really an illness, or is it an adverse experience,
                part of the human condition?

The talk will cover such issues as:

  • rising rates of depression in a prosperous society
  • depression as a major cause of disability
  • Is depression over-diagnosed?
  • how do you define depression?
  • emerging issues in the treatment of depression
     

July & August           no meeting

June 2018

topic          the value of peer mentoring and how it works

speaker     Dave Kilgannon, Peer Mentor

                  CMHA, Canadian Mental Health Association

May 2018

topic       what gives you hope

               one man's story of recovery

speaker  John - equilibrium member

 

Apr. 2018

topic         depression & anxiety

                 changing your thoughts increases chances of recovery

speaker   Dr. David Burns, MD, author "Feeling Good"

                 video presentation