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JUST RELEASED! – Food for thought: A youth perspective on recovery-oriented practice

Recovery in mental health refers to living a satisfying, hopeful, and contributing life, even when a person may be experiencing ongoing symptoms of a mental health problem or illness. In a recovery-oriented system, service providers engage in shared decision-making, offering a range of services and supports to fully meet a person’s goals and needs. Recovery is different for each individual and is particularly unique when working with youth. The video, Food for thought: A youth perspective on recovery-oriented practice attempts to break down what youth see as some of the core principles of recovery-oriented mental health and addiction services. The video uses the metaphor of a restaurant interaction to provide an out-of-the-box, light-hearted demonstration of the key concepts of recovery-oriented practice.  The video is not intended to have all the answers, but to provoke creative thought and start a discussion among service providers about how they could better support and work with youth in a recovery-oriented mental health and addiction setting. Use the associated discussion guide to help direct your self-reflection or to facilitate critical discussions with others. Video Credits:

PEARS Youth Wellness Group – Registrations Open for Winter Session – Starts Thursday, January 18th

PEARS is a six week series for young people ages 12 – 17.   Registration is open for the winter session. The winter session starts Thursday, January 18th and you can register now by contacting Barbara at As a firm believer in launching a discourse amongst youth, Connect for Mental Health is proud to partner with the Psychological Education, Awareness, and Reduction of Stigma (PEARS) mental health education program alongside King’s University College. PEARS teaches youth to be self-aware when faced with mental health issues while providing a strong toolbox of knowledge filled with coping skills. Through six lessons, the program creates mindfulness and reduces stigmatization. The program is comprehensive and research-based while remaining interactive and engaging. As we aim to end the stigma surrounding mental health issues, PEARS is a strong program that provides attitudinal changes and helps future generations live healthy. Download the pamphlet explaining the series by clicking here.  CONNECT-ED Pamphlet For more information, about PEARS visit <ahref=””>  
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100 Woman Who Care donations reached just over $15 000 for CONNECT

Thank you 100 “Woman Who Care” for choosing to donate to CONNECT. Your members’ donations started on Sept 28 of $10 000 and came up to an outstanding $15 225. Thank you to Kayla Logan for sharing your story and nominating CONNECT for Mental Health​ to receive the funds. As a community we can promote recovery and build peer support. Thank You!! Check out this amazing fundraising organization. They really do care! ​ Photo credit: Al Desrochers from SNAPD
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