2017 Wednesday Workshops

FAMILIES of Prince George & B.C. Northern Interior

Staff person Kim Dixon, BA, MSc, CPS (F) FAMILIES Peer Specialist (&Co.) Area Manager
Kim Dixon, BA, MSc, CPS (F) FAMILIES Peer Specialist (&Co.) Area Manager

FREE for Family Members

Prince George, BC @ 1117 – 6th Avenue, 6:30 – 9 PM.

Sign up for one or more on a first-come basis – seating limited.

Call Kim Dixon at 250-561-8033 or email kimdixon@bcsspg.org

Health Within Illness

The words mental health and mental illness are often used interchangeably, but it is helpful to understand the differences. Learn how our thoughts, emotions, behaviours and body reactions all affect our mental health. Learn how our brains can become mentally ill. And learn how we can achieve health within illness.

A Break From Reality

Three in 100 individuals will experience psychosis. Psychosis is a cluster of symptoms that can occur in the following patterns: once i.e. with high fever; periodically i.e. drug use; or ongoing i.e. schizophrenia. Learn more about how this break from reality affects thoughts, feelings and behaviours and how we can help support someone who may be experiencing psychosis.

Learn to L.E.A.P.

How many of you have heard “I AM NOT SICK. I Don’t Need Help!” and then proceeded to rationalize and argue with your Loved One that they are sick and they do need help – with little or no success. Dr. Xavier Amador has created the L.isten Empathize A.gree P.artner (LEAP) communication tool to help someone with mental illness accept treatment. Learn more about the LEAP tool at this workshop.

3 of a Kind

When does sadness become a mood disorder? When does fear become an anxiety disorder? When does using a substance or engaging in a behaviour become an addiction? Learn how to recognize common signs and symptoms of mood, anxiety and addiction disorders and how we can help support someone who may be experiencing them.

safeTALK (6 PM start time)

safeTALK prepares helpers to identify persons with thoughts of suicide and connect them to suicide first aid resources. Most people with thoughts of suicide, whether directly or indirectly, invite help to stay safe. Alert helpers know how to identify and work with these opportunities to help protect life. Powerful videos illustrate both non-alert and alert responses. Discussion and practice stimulate learning.