Whole Body Wellness
This is a wellness program created for individuals with mental health concerns to encourage a healthy lifestyle. What people eat plays a role in the development, management and prevention of specific mental health problems. The program teaches general nutrition and physical activity information broken down into five sessions
Stress is our reaction to demands placed on us, including demands for change. Stress is a natural part of life. Experiencing major or chronic stress, however, can lead to worsening of mental health and/or trigger an episode of mental illness. The course provides an engaging, enjoyable, interactive process that helps participants learn the facts about stress, discover skills for managing stress, learn new coping strategies, and take concrete steps toward making positive changes.
Coping Skills for Depression
This course will enhance participants’ awareness of their current coping skills and help develop new skills to manage depression. Topics covered include: the impact of thoughts on feelings; developing assertiveness; building self-esteem; self- nurturing behaviours; raising energy levels; and the importance of social support.
6 Pillars of Recovery
Participants first examine the meaning of recovery from a mental illness and the phases of recovery. Then the course focuses on the six pillars of recovery: acceptance; effective treatment; a holistic view; empowerment; strengths focus and personal responsibility. Themes of hope and resiliency are continual throughout the course.
Understanding and Managing Anxiety
This course will help participants understand anxiety, including: physical, emotional and behavioural symptoms of anxiety; thinking patterns that increase anxiety; and the characteristics of various anxiety disorders. The course will also help participants develop positive coping tools to manage their anxiety such as focused breathing and deep relaxation; mindfulness and meditation; cognitive restructuring; gradual exposure, and breaking reactive patterns.
Through various creative means, participants will explore their view of themselves. They will explore barriers that hold them back from having a healthy self-esteem and will experiment with ways to improve feelings of self-compassion, self-love and self-worth through discussions of personal strengths, values and identity.
Communicating in Relationships
Effective communication skills and knowledge of healthy relationships are key to improving both one’s mental health and one’s relationships with others. Participants will explore effective communication tools, including: active listening, identifying non-verbal cues, responding with understanding, conflict resolution, communicating assertively and setting boundaries.
Participants will become aware of the importance of spiritual health in a non-judgmental environment as a component of well-being, affirm experiences that have shaped spiritual development and explore spiritual activities. Topics covered are: Purpose and Meaning, Mindfulness, Values, Connectedness, Creativity and Wonder, and Ceremonies.
The management of anger involves a willingness to change old self-defeating styles of reacting and behaving. Participants learn that anger management is not the process of eliminating anger; rather, it is the process of using their self-awareness to make anger work for them. Participants practice a variety of relaxation skills to reduce the tension that comes with anger. We also explore styles of thinking that increase anger.
Practical Life Skills
Life skills are those skills we use every day that, if used effectively, allow us to create the life we desire. This course focuses on the following skills:
- Money management
- Time management