Great lineup of mental health awareness workshops
November 04, 2013

Mark your calendars for Mental Health Awareness Week Nov. 18 to 22. A number of informative and thought-provoking workshops have been planned for students at the Barrie and Orillia campuses.

Please note, you do not need to register to attend.

BARRIE CAMPUS

Good2Talk – Postsecondary Student Helpline

Nov. 18, noon to 1 p.m., K326: Come out to a “lunch n’ learn” and find out more about this new 24/7/365 service which will be greatly beneficial to all postsecondary students (English or French).

Life Lessons Across the Journey: Living Powerfully When Faced With Loss and Grief

Nov. 18, 1 to 2:30 p.m., M115: Hospice Simcoe will take you through a workshop focused on sharing ideas on how to listen, be with, and honour a person who is going through a grief/bereavement period (any kind of loss). They will also take you through an uplifting “bucket list” activity that is fun and useful to take away in your life.

Victoria Maxwell – That’s Just Crazy Talk

Nov. 19, 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Georgian Theatre: That’s Just Crazy Talk looks at both the light and dark side of living with bipolar disorder, anxiety and psychosis. It describes one woman’s journey of coming to terms with mental illness within herself and in her family. An intimate yet universal story exploring the judgment we face not only from others, but from ourselves, and the mysteries of family secrets. This funny and achingly truthful play both entertains and educates, exploding stigmas and portraying the love and resilience it takes to stay together as a family in the midst of illness and the beauty that can result when we face our demons.

The Labyrinth: A Walking Meditation

Nov. 20, 9:30 to 11 a.m., A101 (no registration): The Orillia Campus labyrinth is dedicated to helping maintain the health of the Georgian College Community. Join us for a guided walk and learn how this meditative tool can help reduce stress. This workshop looks at the history and uses of the labyrinth.

Hope and Help in the Journey from Crisis to Recovery

Nov. 20, 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., M132: Simcoe County Crisis Services is a 24/7/365 service provided to the community through Canadian Mental Health Association. They will share some key ideas and strategies in dealing with people with mental health issues who are in crisis. This is something that is always challenging in the classroom, office, hallway or in electronic communications.

Rule the School by Taking Care of You; School/Life Balance in Mind, Body and Food!

Nov. 20, 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., K326: A dietitian, registered nurse and social worker from the Georgian Nurse Practitioner-led Clinic will offer a one-hour workshop, giving a preventative approach to maintaining balance and living a healthy lifestyle. They will touch upon the topics of healthy eating, mental wellness and physical activity.

Sticks and stones may break my bones, but Words Really Hurt Me

Nov. 21, 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., E204: The Domestic Regional Assault Centre from Soldiers Memorial Hospital in Orillia will provide a workshop on understanding and supporting those who are experiencing domestic/relationship violence.

Mental Health Awareness

Nov. 21, 2 to 3 p.m., K220B: Individuals suffering from mental illness often feel distant from friends and loved ones and can find it difficult to perform to their maximum productivity in the workplace. In fact, mental health issues are growing at a faster rate than any other kind of disability in today’s workplace (Canadian Mental Health Association). This situation is exacerbated by the stigma that still exists around mental illness and the reluctance to discuss it openly at home or at work. Shepell-FGI will encourage participants to shatter popular myths and misconceptions about mental health and to increase their understanding of the causes and symptoms of mental illness in this one-hour session.

Keeping Your Tank Filled While Helping Others

Nov. 22, 11 to noon, K321: Georgian’s Counselling Co-ordinator Greg Taylor will cover the topic of “Compassion Fatigue” which can occur when working continuously in an emotionally charged environment. This workshop will help people recognize compassion fatigue triggers and early warning signs, as well as utilizing resources and planning for resiliency and prevention.

ORILLIA CAMPUS

Sticks and stones may break my bones, but Words Really Hurt Me

Nov. 18, 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., D106: The Domestic Regional Assault Centre from Soldiers Memorial Hospital in Orillia will provide a workshop on understanding and supporting those who are experiencing domestic/relationship violence. Information will include assault in intimate partner relationships.

Mental Illness – How to support those who are struggling

Nov. 19, noon to 2 p.m., C112 (Theatre): Aleta Armstrong works with the Canadian Mental Health Association and the Suicide Awareness Council to provide services in the community. Aleta will share some key ideas and strategies for understanding and supporting people with mental health issues, mental illness and those who are in crisis. Additional community information and resources will be provided.

Victoria Maxwell – That’s Just Crazy Talk

Nov. 20, noon to 2 p.m., C112 (Theatre): That’s Just Crazy Talk looks at both the light and dark side of living with bipolar disorder, anxiety and psychosis. It describes one woman’s journey of coming to terms with mental illness within herself and in her family. An intimate yet universal story exploring the judgment we face not only from others, but from ourselves, and the mysteries of family secrets. This funny and achingly truthful play both entertains and educates, exploding stigmas and portraying the love and resilience it takes to stay together as a family in the midst of illness and the beauty that can result when we face our demons.

Please note: This is a video presentation of Victoria’s performance at the Barrie Campus.

Rule School by Taking Care of You; School/Life Balance in Mind, Body and Food!

Nov. 21, 9:30 to 10:30 a.m., D100: A dietitian, social worker and registered nurse from The Georgian Nurse Practitioner-led Clinic will offer a one-hour workshop, giving a preventative approach to maintaining balance and living a healthy lifestyle. They will touch upon the topics of healthy eating, mental wellness and physical activity.

Living Powerfully When Faced With Loss and Grief

Nov. 21, 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., C111: Hospice Orillia will take you through a workshop, sharing ideas on how to listen, be with, and honour a person who is going through a grief/bereavement period (any kind of loss). They will also take you through an uplifting “bucket list” activity that is fun and useful to take away in your life.

Keeping Your Tank Filled While Helping Others

Nov. 22, 9 to 10 a.m., B212: Georgian Counselling Co-ordinator Greg Taylor will cover the topic of “Compassion Fatigue” which can occur when working continuously in an emotionally charged environment. This workshop will help people recognize compassion fatigue triggers and early warning signs, as well as utilizing resources and planning for resiliency and prevention.

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