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September 21, 2015 Workshop with Pat Deegan on Oct. 5

“Recovery from Severe Mental Illness: A Conspiracy of Hope”
CMHA Ottawa will present a workshop with legendary recovery activist and “disruptive innovator” Pat Deegan on October 5 in honour of Mental Illness Awareness Week. The workshop will be held at the RA Centre, Clark Hall, 9:00 am – noon. Cost of the workshop is $50.00. Space is limited and pre-registration is required. Please contact cmhaoc@magma.ca or 613-737-7791 to register.

Workshop Description: “Recovery from Severe Mental Illness: A Conspiracy of Hope”.

For centuries a prognosis of doom and chronicity has surrounded a diagnosis of mental illness. Drawing on lessons learned from her own recovery after a diagnosis of schizophrenia, Pat Deegan will describe the journey to recovery and wellness. She will then widen the lens and discuss how peers, families, communities and service providers can create recovery enhancing environments in which people with diagnoses can grow and achieve their human potential. A panel of local advocates will reflect on Pat’s talk and add their perspectives. There will be ample time for audience interaction.

About Pat Deegan
Patricia E. Deegan Ph.D. is a principal with Pat Deegan & Associates, LLC. For over 30 years she has been a thought leader and disruptive innovator in the field behavioral health recovery. Pat founded a health information technology and consulting company run by and for people in recovery, CommonGround, that helps individuals, families and psychiatrists engage in shared decision making to find the best treatment for recovery. Pat is an activist in the disability rights movement and has lived her own journey of recovery after being diagnosed with schizophrenia as a teenager. She is an Adjunct Professor at Dartmouth College, Geisel School of Medicine and received her doctorate in clinical psychology from Duquesne University.

July 21, 2015 Subscribe to our Healthy Minds newsletter

We’ve started our new newsletter called Healthy Minds, which will feature mental health news and events in Ottawa. Sign up now at http://ottawa.cmha.ca/news/subscribe-to-our-healthy-minds-newsletter/.

July 2, 2015 War veteran’s Paddleboard Expedition for PTSD arrives in Ottawa on July 6

Who: Trevor Peterson, Afghanistan veteran
What: “Paddling for PTSD” to raise awareness of PTSD across Ontario
When: Arrives at the National Arts Centre at approximately at noon on Monday, July 6. Local paddlers (paddleboat or canoe) may join the flotilla at 10:00 a.m. at Dow’s Lake.

June 23, 2015 2014 progress report on ending homelessness in Ottawa

Fewer persons accessing shelters – but longer periods of homelessness point to a missing key ingredient in solutions to homelessness: affordable housing.

June 11, 2015 CMHA staffer leads ALS walk

CMHA Ottawa congratulates staff member, art therapist Carol Skinner, who is leading this year’s ALS walk on June 13.

June 4, 2015 New legislation on mental health police records welcome, says CMHA Ontario

(Wednesday, June 3, 2015) – Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA), Ontario welcomes today’s introduction of the Police Record Checks Reform Act (PRCRA) by the Minister of Community Safety and Correctional Services, the Honourable Yasir Naqvi.

May 28, 2015 Globe and Mail's Open Mind series features CMHA Ottawa client

The Globe and Mail recently featured one of our clients, Renee, for their Open Mind series on improving mental health research, diagnosis and treatment.

May 12, 2015 Join us on Facebook

We’re finally on Facebook!

April 29, 2015 “I don’t want to talk about it”: Men’s Mental Health Presentation on May 8, 2015

Who: Canadian Mental Health Association, Ottawa Branch hosting Jacques Legault
What: Celebration of Mental Health Week 2015, Presentation on Men’s Mental Health
Where: R.A. Centre, Clark Hall, 2451 Riverside Dr, Ottawa, ON K1H 7X7
When: Friday May 8, 8:30 a.m.-10:00 a.m.

April 17, 2015 How helping pets, helps people

CBC Ottawa recently covered our new veterinary outreach and smoking cessation pilot project.

Featured Events

Workshop with Pat Deegan on Oct. 5

“Recovery from Severe Mental Illness: A Conspiracy of Hope”
CMHA Ottawa will present a workshop with legendary recovery activist and “disruptive innovator” Pat Deegan on October 5 in honour of Mental Illness Awareness Week. The workshop will be held at the RA Centre, Clark Hall, 9:00 am – noon. Cost of the workshop is $50.00. Space is limited and pre-registration is required. Please contact cmhaoc@magma.ca or 613-737-7791 to register.

Workshop Description: “Recovery from Severe Mental Illness: A Conspiracy of Hope”.

For centuries a prognosis of doom and chronicity has surrounded a diagnosis of mental illness. Drawing on lessons learned from her own recovery after a diagnosis of schizophrenia, Pat Deegan will describe the journey to recovery and wellness. She will then widen the lens and discuss how peers, families, communities and service providers can create recovery enhancing environments in which people with diagnoses can grow and achieve their human potential. A panel of local advocates will reflect on Pat’s talk and add their perspectives. There will be ample time for audience interaction.

About Pat Deegan
Patricia E. Deegan Ph.D. is a principal with Pat Deegan & Associates, LLC. For over 30 years she has been a thought leader and disruptive innovator in the field behavioral health recovery. Pat founded a health information technology and consulting company run by and for people in recovery, CommonGround, that helps individuals, families and psychiatrists engage in shared decision making to find the best treatment for recovery. Pat is an activist in the disability rights movement and has lived her own journey of recovery after being diagnosed with schizophrenia as a teenager. She is an Adjunct Professor at Dartmouth College, Geisel School of Medicine and received her doctorate in clinical psychology from Duquesne University.

"Hope After Suicide": Breakfast presentation for World Suicide Prevention Day

What: “Hope After Suicide,” a breakfast presentation for World Suicide Prevention Day
Where: R.A. Centre, Clark Hall (2451 Riverside Dr)
When: Thursday, September 10, 2015 from 8:00am-10:00am

War veteran’s Paddleboard Expedition for PTSD arrives in Ottawa on July 6

Who: Trevor Peterson, Afghanistan veteran
What: “Paddling for PTSD” to raise awareness of PTSD across Ontario
When: Arrives at the National Arts Centre at approximately at noon on Monday, July 6. Local paddlers (paddleboat or canoe) may join the flotilla at 10:00 a.m. at Dow’s Lake.

City Hall plays host to Mental Health Week artistic events on May 7

The In the Wind Art Collective will be offering a day of artistic events in celebration of Mental Health Week.

“I don’t want to talk about it”: Men’s Mental Health Presentation on May 8, 2015

Who: Canadian Mental Health Association, Ottawa Branch hosting Jacques Legault
What: Celebration of Mental Health Week 2015, Presentation on Men’s Mental Health
Where: R.A. Centre, Clark Hall, 2451 Riverside Dr, Ottawa, ON K1H 7X7
When: Friday May 8, 8:30 a.m.-10:00 a.m.

Celebrate Mental Health Week with us this May

Please join CMHA Ottawa in celebrating Mental Health Week, May 4-10, with two free events.

CMHA “Rock Band” Choir sings National Anthem at Ottawa 67’s game

CMHA Ottawa staff, family members and clients teamed up to sing “O Canada” at the Ottawa 67’s game on Mar. 13.

Come celebrate our new Community Appreciation Awards!

When: Tuesday, October 7, 2014
Where: R.A. Centre, Clark Hall (2451 Riverside Dr)
Time: 8:30am-10:30am