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Mental Health Week is May 7-13

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Get Ready to Get Loud!

Every year, the CMHA Mental Health Week conversation gets very, very loud. It gets loud om social media, in our homes and in our workplaces. In our schools and across our campuses. It gets loud in the halls of Parliament and in city and town halls across the country. This year, it will get even louder in support of mental health for all.

Because we all have mental health.

When we are mentally healthy, we feel good about ourselves, and we enjoy our life and the people in it. We can be creative, learn, try new things, and take risks. We are better able to cope with difficult times in our personal and professional lives. We feel the sadness and anger that can come with the death of a loved one, a job loss, relationship problems or other difficult events, but in time, we are able to enjoy our lives again. Mental health is worth protecting, celebrating and promoting. CMHA Mental Health Week is May 7-13, 2018. Visit our GET LOUD site – www.mentalhealthweek.ca – to get loud about what mental health really is

Mental Health Week Events at CMHA North & West Vancouver

Mental Health First Aid Basic
Tuesday, May 8th & Friday May 11th, 8:45 AM – 4:00 PM, HOpe Centre Telfer Burke Room

MHFA Basic is intended for adults interacting with adults (18 years and older). This course focuses on the four most common mental health disorders including substance-related, mood-related, anxiety and trauma-related, and psychotic disorders. Participants who take this course are well prepared to interact confidently about mental health with their family, friends, communities, and workplaces.

Mental Health Marketplace
Grand Opening – Wednesday May 9th, 5:00 – 6:00 PM, HOpe Centre Atrium
Marketplace Hours – 11:00 AM – 2:00 PM, May 10-11, HOpe Centre Atrium

Come down to view and shop for art created by our art groups at the Kelty Dennehy Mental Health Resource Centre, as well as clients and other members of the CMHA community.  The proceeds of all purchases will go to the artists themselves, with a percentage being used to purchase new art supplies for our groups. RSVP Here

Pet Therapy and Peer Support with MJ and Juniper 
Wednesday May 9, 6:00 – 7:00 PM, HOpe Centre Atrium

You may have heard that pets are beneficial to mental health, and we are here to dive into that idea head-on at our Pet Therapy event! Come join us and a pack of PADS therapy dogs in the atrium to experience pet therapy hands-on, while our peer navigator, MJ Moore gives a presentation on the benefit of pet therapy in peer support. RSVP Here

Lunchtime Peer Support Roundtable 
Thursday May 10, 11:00 AM – 12:30 PM, HOpe Centre Atrium

Have you heard of peer support, but not sure exactly what it is, or what role it plays in the treatment of mental illness? Or do you want to know the difference between peer support and peer navigation, or how to get started with either of these programs? We’re here to answer all those questions and more, including brand new information from the National Conference on Peer Support! RSVP Here

Present Moment Meditation 
Thursday May 10th, 5:00 – 6:00 PM, HOpe Centre Telfer Burke Room

Research has shown that mindfulness and meditation can be valuable tools for your mental health, and can reduce signs of depression and anxiety. Have you always wanted to try meditation, but not sure where to start? Being in the here and now takes practice and awareness, and we’re here to help with just that. The facilitator of our weekly “Time to Relax” mindfulness meditation group leads a special evening mediation workshop, where you can learn some present moment awareness techniques and how creating new habits can help. RSVP Here

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