ON-BPD News | 2016, Issue 4

Following are some news stories from us, as well as some bulletins we''ve received that may be of interest to you. If you have news that would be of interest to us or our members, please send it to webservices@on-bpd.ca.

In this issue:

Family Peer Support Group Offered by Psychiatric Survivors of Ottawa

This is an ongoing weekly drop-in support group for friends and family of people experiencing mental health challenges. The atmosphere is very relaxing, supportive and non-judgmental. Cost: free. No registration required. Every second week we offer conversation topics such as communication strategies, boundaries, letting go of control etc... Join us for a cup of coffee, snack, sense of community, companionship and support.

Every Wednesday 6:30-8:30pm - Room 215, 211 Bronson Ave, Ottawa.

Important Information: Starting on April 4th, 2016, there will be two weekly Family Peer Support Groups available. We will meet every Monday and Wednesday.

Click here to view/download Family Peer Support Groups topics schedule for Spring and Summer 2016 (Mondays)
Click here to view/download Family Peer Support Groups topics schedule for Spring and Summer 2016 (Wednesdays)

Parents' Lifelines of Eastern Ontario

The PLEO March newsletter offers a great deal of useful information, including news about workshops and support groups. Read it here.

Updates from the Borderline Personality Disorder Patient and Family Education Initiative

The next webinar will be on Thursday April 28th, from 4-5 PM EST. Dr. Joe Flores will discuss “Family Involvement in the Treatment of Borderline Personality Disorder.” For more information and to register for this webinar, please visit: http://tinyurl.com/mcleanbpd7

If you missed the March webinar with Dr. Michael Hollander, “Understanding Self-Injury: What it is and How to be Helpful”, you can view the recording at: https://mcleaneducation.adobeconnect.com/p6p3akv3982/

They archive recordings from all of our webinars on our website. If you are interested in viewing recordings of previous webinars, please visit: mcleanhospital.org/bpdinitiative


The Oasis in Kanata is pleased to offer safeTALK, a very popular and practical workshop, for the community (minimum participant age 15), that prepares participants to identify and engage with people who have thoughts of suicide, and connect them with further help and care.
The workshop will be held on Saturday, April 16, from 9:00 am until 12:30 pm, at Glen Cairn United Church, 140 Abbeyhill Drive, and is presented by the Canadian Mental Health Association.

The cost is $10, payable on the day of the workshop. If paying by cheque, please make the cheque payable to "Glen Cairn United Church" with "safeTALK workshop" written on the Memo line. The Oasis in Kanata is committed to providing barrier-free information and support for caregivers and families of loved ones with a mental illness. If the fee for this program is a barrier to participating, call 613-435-1100 and leave your name, telephone number, and a brief message for our Program Manager.

Register by e-mailing OasisManager@TheOasisKanata.ca.  Space is limited, so register early!

safeTALK en français

Il est possible de prévenir le suicide. Nous pouvons tous faire une différence. Participez au programme d’une demi-journée safeTALK et apprenez rapidement quatre étapes de base permettant de mettre en contact des personnes à risque de suicide vers des ressources qui peuvent sauver des vies.

La formation safeTALK aide des professionnels et des membres du grand public à sauver des vies. safeTALK est offert à toutes les personnes de 15 ans et plus.Cette formation d'une demi-journée sur la prévention du suicide s''adresse aux organismes à but non lucratif, aux bénévoles et aux personnes ayant une expérience vécu de la maladie mentale. Veuillez-vous inscrire le plus tôt possible, puisque le nombre de places est limité.

Atelier Le 25 avril de 9h00 à 12h30
Où? 1355 rue Bank, Pièce 402  Salle A
Pour vous inscrire ou obtenir davantage d’information :
Association canadienne pour la santé mentale, Section d'Ottawa
Tél. : 613 737-7791 (réception)
Frais d’inscription : 20.00$ par personne (frais subventionné)

Foundation training in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) for those who care for persons with schizophrenia and psychosis

For the first time in Canada a comprehensive training, facilitated by world-leading psychiatrist Dr. Douglas Turkington of the Insight UK team and presented by the Schizophrenia Society of Ontario.

Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) is an established treatment for many mental health issues and has been proven to improve the quality of life for those living with schizophrenia and psychosis.

Date: May 9 - 13, 2016
Time: 9:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. (half day on Friday)
Location:The Royal Ottawa Mental Health Centre, 1145 Carling Ave, Ottawa, ON
Cost:         $750 per person (lunch included)

Disclaimer: The CBT-p Caregiver training is not a clinical CBT training. Completing this training will not qualify you to become a CBT practitioner in Canada.

The training is based on Recovery by Empowering Adult Carers at Home (REACH), a program which aims to deliver and evaluate standardized training to help caregivers of people with schizophrenia/psychosis develop therapeutic skills so that they can improve both their own and the cared-for person’s health and quality of life. Offered with generous support from Ontario Trillium Fund, Crabtree Foundation and Dalglish Family Foundation.

To learn more, click here.

Ancoura Fundraising Dinner and Auction

Ancoura, which provides housing for people with mental illness, is hosting a fundraising dinner and auction on May 5. Click here for more information.

"Angela's Beautiful Life" -- Matthew Busch photographed a woman living with borderline personality disorder (CNN)

"When photographer Matthew Busch met Angela Klein while she was walking her dog, he was immediately struck by her openness. But he had no idea that the chance meeting would lead to his camera bearing witness to a year''s worth of moments on the emotional spectrum." Read the article and see the pictures here.