Manitoba peer support groups and services for

Remote Support During COVID-19 Crisis

The new reality in our world with COVID – 19 can feel overwhelming. We are here to offer peer support to walk with you through any difficult or anxious thoughts you may be having.

 

Please connect in with us if you need support, and check this page often as we will be updating as some of our support groups and services move to an online platform.

One-on-One Individual and Family Peer Support

Speak with a Peer Support Worker who will listen with compassionate presence to your journey, answer questions regarding accessing mental health services, and will be available to help navigate the mental health system. Peer Support is available for both individuals and family members.

To access peer support call 204-786-1616 and choose from the following extensions:
Ext. 222 Donna Hornick – Family Peer Support
Ext. 224 Katrina Tinman – Peer Support Worker
Ext. 227 Tracy Kosowan – Peer Support Worker
Ext. 225 Karen Kaplen – Peer Support Worker
Ext. 225 Matt McRae – Peer Support Worker

Please leave a message and a Peer Support Worker will return your call.

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Strengthening Families Together – Virtual Online class has been filled

This 5-session national education program for family members and friends of individuals living with and recovering from serious mental illnesses aims to increase accessibility to Canadian-based information on the topics associated with living daily with a mental illness. The program aims to strengthen family members and friends of individuals with a serious mental illness by providing support, awareness, and tools.
Groups are run when filled. Registration Required.
Contact [email protected] for more information or to register for next class.

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Public Education

We are working hard to put together options for online delivery of educational services. As new courses become available, they will be posted on this page.
Please email Donna Hornick, Public Education Coordinator at [email protected] to discuss what you are looking for.

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Winnipeg peer support groups and services for

Adults

Peer support is a relationship founded on shared lived experience, mutual respect, and the giving and receiving of encouragement and help.  Peer support groups for people who are living with mental health problems are places where a Peer Support Worker can demonstrate compassionate presence and listening.  We believe that everyone should have the opportunity to share their experiences in an environment of compassion that promotes healing and hope.

 

The following Peer Support Group help people living with early psychosis, schizophrenia, schizoaffective disorder through methods of empowerment, socialization, recreation, education and recovery.

Peer Support Group

Held Weekly

An open group for anyone living with early psychosis, schizophrenia or schizoaffective disorder facilitated by a Peer Support Worker. Educational topics geared towards recovery are discussed.

Contact Matt at [email protected] or call 204-786-1616 for more information.

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Women’s Support Group

Thursdays 1:15 – 2:45 PM

Women have unique needs in relation to their Support for women living with early psychosis, schizophrenia, and schizoaffective disorder. This support groups works to identify specific needs of women in the areas of socialization, recreation, peer support, and health information.

Contact Karen at [email protected] or call 204-786-1616 for more information.

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H.O.P.E.S. Peer-Led Youth Group

1st Thursday of the month 4:00 – 5:00 PM

H.O.P.E.S (Hope and Opportunity through Peers, Empowerment and Support) is a support group for those between the ages of 15 and 30 who are living with schizophrenia, schizoaffective disorder and early psychosis.

Contact Tracy at [email protected] or call 204-786-1616 for more information.

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Voice Hearers’ Program

A 10-week educational program for voice hearers to learn effective ways to cope with their voices in a safe, confidential and non-judgemental environment.
Classes are run when filled. Registration required.

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Voice Hearers’ Support Group

1st and 3rd Wednesday of the month 3:00 – 4:00 PM

A peer support group for any voice hearer that offers mutual support and educational topics surrounding possible coping skills for voice hearers.

Contact Matt at [email protected] or call 204-786-1616 for more information.

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Focusing on You

Thursdays 3:00 – 4:00 PM

A wellness support group for people living with early psychosis, schizophrenia, and schizoaffective disorder emphasising exercise, nutrition and positive self-image.

Contact Donna at [email protected] or call 204-786-1616 for more information.

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Partners in Awareness

A support group for working or career professionals looking for a safe place to discuss the implications of living with schizophrenia, schizoaffective disorder and psychosis.
For more information email [email protected] or call 204-786-1616.

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Winnipeg Hospital Outreach

Peer Support Worker, Eric Fraser, regularly visits the PsychHealth Centre (room PZ 391) and the Selkirk Mental Health Centre in Selkirk, MB. On request he will visit the Victoria, Seven Oaks, Grace or St. Boniface Hospitals.

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Instilling hope, changing lives.

Consultation and referral services for

Children

Children who have a family member with a mental illness may feel confused, sad, guilty and powerless to help themselves or their loved one as it can be difficult to put feelings into words.

 

Name that feeling is a unique seven-week educational support group for children, ages 7-13, who have a family member with any mental illness.  Children are taught an understanding of mental illness, which provides an opportunity for them to share emotionally and relationally with the group and facilitators.

 

The Following Topics are Covered in Six Sessions:

  • Identifying and communicating feelings
  • Understanding all about mental illness
  • How mental illness is treated
  • Dealing with societal attitudes of stigma
  • Resilience, self-care and self-esteem

 

Each session lasts approximately 1.5 hours and is either held after school once/week for 6 weeks, or run as a one-week (Monday – Friday) summer camp. Groups are run when filled.  Registration Required.

 

*Teen groups may be offered upon request.

 

Please contact Donna at [email protected] or call 204-786-1616 for more information.

Peer support and workshops for

Families and Friends

It can be challenging to know how to support a loved one or friend who is experiencing early psychosis, schizophrenia or schizoaffective disorder.  We offer Family Peer Support through one-on-one consultation, peer support groups, and education sessions.  We at MSS acknowledge that your journey as a family member or friend is unique, which is why we offer several options for peer support and workshops.

Family Peer Support

Speak with a Family Peer Support Worker who has walked the path of recovery with a loved one or friend. These shared experiences can be powerful in moving families towards their own journey of recovery and create a compassionate relationship with their loved one. A Family Peer Support Worker is able to help families navigate the mental health system and provide information on how to access mental health services in Manitoba.
Contact [email protected] or call 204-786-1616 to be connected with a Family Peer Support Worker.

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Eight Stages of Healing

A 10-week healing process supporting family members, friends and caregivers’ from living with someone living with a mental illness to develop a new way of coping. A place to go for education, support, share and grow to help heal yourself based on Julie Tallard Johnson’s book, “Hidden Victim, Hidden Healers”.
Groups are run when filled. Registration required.
Contact Donna at [email protected] or call 204-786-1616 for more information or to register.

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Strengthening Families Together

This 5-session national education program for family members and friends of individuals living with and recovering from serious mental illnesses aims to increase accessibility to Canadian-based information on the topics associated with living daily with a mental illness. The program aims to strengthen family members and friends of individuals with a serious mental illness by providing support, awareness, and tools.
Groups are run when filled. Registration required.
Contact [email protected] or call 204-786-1616 for more information or to register.

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Hearing Voices That are Distressing Simulated Workshop

Suggested for caregivers, family members and professionals who work with people who hear distressing voices, this simulated workshop promotes a greater understanding and awareness of the “hearing voices” experience. Pre-registration in groups of 14-20 participants, or individual requests can be accommodated via phone.
Contact Donna at [email protected] or call 204-786-1616 for more information or to register your group.

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Family Peer Support Group

Held Monthly

This is an open support group, for families and friends of those experiencing early psychosis
schizophrenia, schizoaffective disorder.

For more information email [email protected] or call 204-786-1616.

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Family Meetings

One-on-one or full family meetings to provide support, discuss access to mental health services and mental health system navigation. Also find accurate information on early psychosis, schizophrenia or schizoaffective disorder.
Appointments available on request.

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Public education

Workshops

MSS is here to help your organization, school and workplace come to a compassionate understanding of early psychosis, schizophrenia and schizoaffective disorder through presentations and workshops. A person with lived experience often shares their story of recovery at public presentations, which can be powerful tool to fight the societal stigma that comes along with the label of psychosis and schizophrenia.

All Public Education options are available upon request.  Please contact us to book.

Public Education Presentation – Understanding Schizophrenia

A one-hour presentation for schools, universities, law enforcement, workplaces, etc. on early psychosis, schizophrenia, schizoaffective disorder, suicide prevention, co-occurring disorders, recovery, mental health promotion, understanding the Mental Health System, and the resulting stigma.
Contact Donna at [email protected] or call 204-786-1616 for more information or to book a presentation.

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Responding to Emotionally Distressed Persons

A two-hour workshop for those who may interact with persons who are emotionally distressed through their work, with the goal of learning de-escalation techniques. Classes are run when filled. Registration required.
Email [email protected] or call 204-786-1616 for more information or to register.

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Hearing Voices that are Distressing Simulated Workshop

Suggested for caregivers, family members and professionals who work with people who hear distressing voices, this simulated workshop promotes a greater understanding and awareness of the “hearing voices” experience. Pre-registration in groups of 14-20 participants, or individual requests can be accommodated.
Contact Donna at [email protected] or call 204-786-1616 for more information or to register your group.

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Public Annual Event in October - Expressions: Recovery through Creative Expression

Opening night ceremony, performances and art exhibit in recognition of Mental Illness Awareness Week, showcasing the artistic skills and talents of people who use the arts in their recovery from a mental health problem.
Location: Steinbach Cultural Arts Centre.
Contact us for more information.

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