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Depression and Bipolar / Re: Depression
« on: March 20, 2017, 08:55:51 AM »
The Family Matters team has developed a comprehensive guide for family members, friends, and supporters of individuals experiencing mood disorders and related issues. The Family Matters Guide for Families is an informational tool designed to give people a sense of grounding and an understanding of issues related to mental health and recovery. In addition, the guide provides resources that family members may found useful in supporting themselves and their families during difficult times. A digital version of the guide is available free of charge and can be accessed here: https://indd.adobe.com/view/93357642-cd4e-408e-a483-a1e54f4216a8

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Youth and Young Adults / Youth Living Well group - expanded age range
« on: January 24, 2017, 09:40:55 AM »
We have expanded the age range of our Youth Living Well group at the MDAO for Transitional Aged Youth to 16-29 for the new year. Please see the revised flyer attached and feel free to share with anyone who may be interested.



“Youth Living Well” is an open-ended group for youth and young adults aged 16-29 who are affected by mood disorders and related issues. Youth Living Well is an interpersonal skills-building group that focuses on relationship issues with immediate family members, close supporters, and significant others. Each group consists of an ice-breaker exercise, a structured psychoeducational/active participation group activities portion in the first half of the group, and a facilitated group counselling/peer support session focused on the topic of the week in the second half of the group.

 Topics that will be covered include:

    Stigma and self-stigma
    Talking about mental health issues
    What’s a relationship anyways?
    Wants, needs, and rights
    Assertiveness
    Active listening
    Boundaries
    Responding to criticism

The group takes place on the second and fourth Thursday of each month from 6:00pm to 8:00pm, at the Mood Disorders Association of Ontario (MDAO), 36 Eglinton Avenue West, Suite 602. People interested in attending should contact me at danielf@mdao.ca or 416-486-8046 ext. 237.

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General Discussion / Re: Happy New Year
« on: January 05, 2017, 02:52:46 PM »
Thanks for the positive wishes, Paul.

I'm reminded of something that my late Zaidy Ziggy (Zaidy = Jewish word for grandfather) used to say: "Make the best you can with what you have." My Zaidy Ziggy was a survivor of the Holocaust, and he has always been a source of inspiration and been one of my heroes, not just because he survived, but because of the life he built for himself after the war. I actually woke up this morning, feeling a bit lethargic/lazy, and was motivated by his memory and by reminding myself that I'm alive because he (and my other grandparents) survived and did their best to live their lives despite what they went through.

So, to echo your message, Paul, I wish everyone a happy 2017 and may we all "make the best we can with what we have."

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General Discussion / Re: Our Voice
« on: November 16, 2016, 05:35:17 PM »
Hey Peace, what region do you live in? Maybe we can help to look up some services and/or direct you to some that could be helpful?

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General Discussion / Re: Ready for Halloween?
« on: October 27, 2016, 09:01:33 PM »
Hey Peter, I think we can add pictures using the little image of a picture "insert image" icon above the top left of the message box (you have to upload the image somewhere, for example a free image upload site lime imgur.com, and then put the URL between the two bracketed img boxes. Alternatively, you can attach small files (including images) to your post using the "Attach" feature below the message box.

I have attempted to do both with this post (hopefully successfully)...does the ring look familiar Peter?

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Youth and Young Adults / "Youth Living Well" - new MDAO group
« on: August 19, 2016, 01:27:19 PM »
New group starting in September for youth and  young adults at the MDAO:



“Youth Living Well” is an open-ended group for youth and young adults aged 16-24 who are affected by mood disorders and related issues. Youth Living Well is an interpersonal skills-building group that focuses on relationship issues with immediate family members, close supporters, and significant others. Each group consists of an ice-breaker exercise, a peer support session focused on the topic of the week in the first half of the group, and a structured psychoeducational/active participation in group activities portion in the second half of the group.

Topics that will be covered include:
•   Stigma and self-stigma
•   Talking about mental health issues
•   What’s a relationship anyways?
•   Wants, needs, and rights
•   Assertiveness
•   Active listening
•   Boundaries
•   Responding to criticism

Meets the second and fourth Thursday of each month from 6pm-8pm at the MDAO (36 Eglinton Avenue West, Suite 602).

Please see the attached flyer for more details and feel free to share this information with anyone who may be interested.

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Family, Friends, and Supporters / Re: Anxiety Support Group Needed
« on: June 17, 2016, 10:21:09 AM »
They also have a group with a speaker on the second Tuesday of each month from 7pm - 9pm. Here's there website for more info: http://moodmenders.ca/


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General Discussion / Re: My meow passed away suddenly....
« on: June 09, 2016, 08:53:38 AM »
Peter,

That's so sad! I'm sorry for your loss. It's always tough to lose a pet.

On a happier note, happy birthday!


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Family, Friends, and Supporters / Re: Anxiety Support Group Needed
« on: June 07, 2016, 04:51:53 PM »
Hey Barb,

I believe the Hamilton "Mood Menders" group is open both to individuals experiencing mental health issues and their family members/supporters: https://www.mooddisorders.ca/event/hamilton-peer-support-group-mood-menders-support-group

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General Discussion / Virtual Peer Support Survey
« on: May 30, 2016, 11:52:36 AM »
Dear Forum Users,

We are working on making MDAO’s services and supports more accessible to people from around the province. To help overcome the barrier of geographic limitations, one way we are hoping to expand the reach of our services is through the use of various technologies (e.g. phone, video conferencing, online forums, etc.) to provide peer support virtually. The first step in being able to expand the services we currently offer is to conduct an initial needs assessment by means of a simple, short survey to determine which services are most needed, where they are most needed, and to assess the best way to delivery these services.

This survey is open to anyone, and we’d like to get input from peer support group attendees/participants, peer supporters, and other working in Ontario in the field of peer support who are affiliated with the MDAO in any way.

Survey Link: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1MszTMtsM6sUgRlIL3F17Wr53zS_EsC7ActjjGB2ON5E/viewform

Please feel free to forward this survey to anyone who may have useful input to give us.

Thank you for your help.

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General Discussion / Re: I'm 69 in a few weeks!
« on: May 26, 2016, 04:00:21 PM »
Congrats, Peter! May you make it to 96!

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General Discussion / Re: someone close to me is sick
« on: February 18, 2016, 12:19:44 PM »
Don't forget about this great resource we developed at MDAO, the Family Matters Guide for Families: https://indd.adobe.com/view/93357642-cd4e-408e-a483-a1e54f4216a8

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General Discussion / Re: WRAP
« on: August 06, 2015, 05:02:55 PM »
Hey,

I'm pretty sure they'll be starting in September - dates should be posted in new few weeks. They get posted on the website when they are announced and Eric sends email out to people who have expressed interest as well.

-Daniel

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General Discussion / Re: Which meow should I adopt?
« on: August 06, 2015, 12:11:21 PM »
Here's a pretty good book I bought to help me understand my cats more: http://www.amazon.ca/Think-Like-Cat-Well-Adjusted-Cat-Not/dp/0143119796

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