What brought me to this work?:We are health care professionals and educators and believe in the higher healing powers that are not commonly accepted in the mainstream medical community. We offer traditional self-care workshops for families and individuals affected by mental illness as well as alternative care that has benefited not only ourselves but our loved ones.
What services do I offer?:
Mindfulness Practice Training for self defense in the concrete jungle.
Mindfulness Based Self Care
Throughout this mindfulness course, you will be introduced to the basics of mindfulness so that you will begin to integrate more balance throughout your day. You will experience a variety of Meditation Practices. Some long; some short. Each Practice is followed by a discussion. We learn to inquire about what we are sensing physically, feeling and thinking emotionally, in order to pay attention to what is happening in the present moment. Other activities include mindful eating, mindful walking/movement, mindful speaking/listening, mindful journaling and mindful art (doodling, painting and more). There is also a mindfulness movie.
Mindfulness Based Self Care teaches us to improve our own emotional regulation. It is a course for everyone. We encourage parents to find teachable moments to share it with their children, children of all ages to share it with their parents and professionals with their colleagues. We are what we think, and we have much more say in the quality of our lives when we override the autopilot of programmed thinking. Join with us in the revolution to take back our lives from the chaotic stimulation of the information age.
Coping Skills Groups
Topics include but are not limited to: understanding the symptoms of mental illness; developing a healthcare plan; useful community resources; setting limits; problem solving as a family unit; improving two-way communications; effective ways to advocate for your relative; non-violent crisis intervention training; psychiatric medications and self-care for the care-giver. Guest speakers supplement the facilitators. Facilitators are mental health professionals as well as family members. Individual counselling and advocacy is available on a fee for service basis.
SafeTALK is a 3 hour alertness workshop that prepares anyone over the age of 15, regardless of prior experience or training, to become a suicide-alert helper. Most people with thoughts of suicide don’t truly want to die, but are struggling with overwhelming pain in their lives. Through their words and actions they either directly or indirectly invite help to stay alive. SafeTALK trained helpers can recognize these invitations and take action by connecting them with life-saving intervention resources. Since its development in 2006, SafeTALK has been used in over 20 countries around the world. SafeTALK trained helpers are an important part of the suicide-safer communities, working alongside intervention resources to identify and avert suicide risks.
Presentations and guidance from a LivingWorks registered trainer
Access to support from a local community resource person
Powerful audiovisual learning aids
The simple yet effective TALK steps: Tell, Ask, Listen, and Keep Safe
Hands-on skills practice and development
What philosophy do I live by?:The one who does the work does the learning.
Word on the Street:“I greatly appreciate the helpful work that Kathryn and the FSN team do. I have been able to move forward, and positively face some major life
challenges because of the compassion, life skills and resources I received through attending their groups.” Matthew.
to daily life. The collection of meditations, teachings and group discussions are promoted within a setting of fellowship and fraternity – making it a perfect weekly outing – both useful and fun. I recommend it to anyone looking for better self understanding and to reach out and find a ‘mindful’ group to be a part of.
“I was lost and felt like I was drowning in my own life. How can this be? Then life handed me a lifeline. I carried everything within me and I just
didn’t know it until… Mindfulness entered my daily life. I am truly grateful for the tools that I have walked away with and the support and friendships.
Thank you FSN Team.”
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Listing Title: Family Mental Health Support Network of Niagara