Definition: Initiatives are of shorter duration than programs, and on average take place over 4-8 weeks. CMHA NS leads initiatives across the province to build community capacity and individual skills to understand and enhance mental health at the community level in Nova Scotia.
Goal: Provide Nova Scotians with comprehensive mental health programming to meet the needs of the community.
A 4 week evidence- and community-based mental health promotion initiative to develop knowledge, resilience, and support for adults 50+ in communities across Nova Scotia. The series provides evidence-based information on brain health and resilience tools to support factors including: 1) social activity, 2) positive thinking, 3) physical activity, 4) importance of mental health, and 5) brain challenge (thought exercises, such as learning something new), as well as health goal setting.
Road to Resilience (R2R)
A workshop based on the core principles of social and emotional learning; self-awareness; self-management; social awareness; relationship management; and responsible decision-making. This workshop is for those who care or work with children and youth, and teaches participants how to model social and emotional learning skills for children and youth. R2R is a workshop for those who care or work with children and youth, that teaches participants how to model social and emotional learning skills such as problem solving, responsible decision-making, social awareness, and self-management for children and youth to help increase their interpersonal, and intrapersonal skills as well as build resilience.
Art of Friendship
This is an interactive, psycho-educational learning workshop that helps build self-awareness and interpersonal skills through topics such as human behaviour, responsibility & commitment, values, boundaries & trust, as well as dealing with conflict. The Art of Friendship program provides a group support environment where adults with a mental health issue can further their health and well-being by reducing isolation and building social skills. Participants learn the skills of friendship building, meet new people, and learn about recovery and wellness skills.
Art of Recovery
The Art of Recovery sessions consist of a series of topics related to the changes that take place for us as we find our way back from a mental health issue. It is the next step after the workshops found in the Art of Friendship. The Art of Recovery focuses on what would be helpful in your life journey. It will assist you with tools to look at who you are now and identify who you hope to become and what you need to do by finding and developing strategies that will help you accomplish that goal.
Gambling Awareness & Peer Support [GAPS] *Note: we currently are not offering this initiative due to a lack of funding opportunities. GAPS is an educational and peer support mental health promotion initiative aimed at developing effective methods, using an innovative approach, to support individuals dealing with the combination of gambling and mental health issues in Nova Scotia.