Teresa Hartnett

Director

Teresa Hartnett

Lena Settimi

Administrator Assistant

Lena Settimi

Dr. Wendy Hofman

Program Coordinator

Dr. Wendy Hofman



UPCOMING WORKSHOPS

Dementia Understood   April 20, 2017

Developing Empathy for the Person with Mental Illness     May 9, 2017

Additional Workshops

Mental Health First Aid
Offering the Knowledge Needed for Effective Support of Mental Illness

This is an informative workshop aimed at providing participants with a greater understanding of mental illness. Participants will learn:

• Explanations of mental health, mental illness and mental health problems
• Signs and symptoms of common mental health problems and crisis situations
• Information about effective interventions and treatments
• Ways to access professional help

Upcoming Mental Health First Aid Workshops Will Be Announced When Scheduled

Mental Health Support

Mental health issues directly or indirectly impact all of us. As individuals, family members, colleagues, and neighbours we all experience the effects of mental health issues. Relationships and work effectiveness are often negatively impacted when these issues are not adequately or appropriately addressed.

In Canada, 20% of the population will experience a mental illness in their lifetime. About 50% of those who believe they have suffered from anxiety or depression have never sought medical help. From Statistics Canada we read that in 2012 an estimate of 2.8 million individuals (10.1%) “reported symptoms consistent with at least one of six mental or substance use disorders in the last 12 months”.

When suffering with mental health issues or in a relationship with someone who is struggling, it is important to seek medical intervention and counselling. Self-care must be a consistent part of daily life.

The Family Ministry Office offers workshops about mental health issues for the Hamilton Diocese. Our workshops are sometimes designed to promote mental health awareness and strategies for all people to use to stay healthy in mind, body, and spirit. Other workshops increase awareness about the issues and struggles that many individuals navigate through on a regular basis. Often there is a stigma for the individual or the family to ask for help or they are not aware of local resources. We celebrate the courage that it takes to seek help and take the necessary steps toward health goals. With this in mind, our goal is to provide information and support to families, as well as to those in our parishes who deliver mental health services or give caring assistance.

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Dementia Understood

Developing Empathy for the Person with Mental Illness