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There is no HEALTH without MENTAL HEALTH

The following new opportunities are now available for Summerville patients.

Yoga: Weightlifting for your Brain

​Presented by Lindsay Bickerstaffe, RKin. When you practice yoga, your brain develops new connections. These connections change brain structure and function. Yoga strengthens parts of the brain that play a key role in memory, attention, awareness, thought, and language. It can even affect our mood by elevating chemicals in the brain which are associated with decreased anxiety.

Family Education Group: For Families and Friends of People with Addictions Concerns

Offered in collaboration with the Peel Addiction, Assessment & Referral Centre (PAARC), this group is intended for anyone who is supporting someone with addiction concerns. Over the course of 4 sessions, participants can expect to learn about the basic info related to addiction, how to prioritize personal well-being while supporting the people we care about. Participants are encouraged (but not required) to ask questions and share based on personal comfort.  Outline is as follows:

Week 1: The Addicted Brain

Week 2: Substances and Withdrawal

Week 3: Boundaries and Self-Care

Week 4: Effective Communication

Sessions will be held weekly via Zoom, starting on March 21 from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Patients can register by emailing programs@summervillefht.com

Mindfulness for Stress Management

Series of four weekly 90-minute sessions, March 23, 30, April 6 and 13 at 6:30 – 8 p.m. facilitated by Sarah Kinsley, RCC, with the BC Association of Clinical Counsellors. Participants will learn a basic understanding of mindfulness and associated practices. The impacts of stress and trauma on the nervous system will be spotlighted and the connection of how these practices may be helpful in managing stress and how they can be utilized to increase well-being. Patients can register by sending an email to programs@summervillefht.com

Nutrition & Mental Health

Facilitated by Andrea Falcone, Registered Dietitian and Fitness Professional. This session will explore the link between what we eat and how we feel and fuel our brains.  Andrea will share information about how patients can optimize their nutrition throughout the day to support mental health and well-being.  She will also provide tips and suggestions, as well as meal and snack ideas to help keep patients motivated on their path to eating well and intuitively, to help make them feel their best. This session will be offered virtually, March 28 from 5 – 6:30 p.m.  Click here to register: https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/nutrition-mental-health-virtual-tickets-547871587667

These new offerings will complement our regular mental health programming such as Anxiety Relief and Managing Insomnia & Sleep, scheduled to begin on March 28 and April 10 respectively.  All programs can be found at Programs (summervillefht.com)