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Mind Your Health Workshop Series


The Mind Your Health Workshop Series provides a variety of one-hour workshops that focus on mental health and personal wellness. Workshops are open to youth 13-29 years old living in Pickering, Ajax, Whitby and Oshawa, and are offered at our Ajax location.  We also offer a parent education session for parents/caregivers who wish to learn more about anxiety and depression and how to support the youth in their lives who are struggling with mood difficulties. For dates of individual workshops and to register, please speak to our staff or call 905-428-1212.
 
Workshop descriptions:
 
Body Image
  • learn about body image and self esteem
  • discover how the media can influence our concept of beauty, and how we feel about ourselves
  • learn the warning signs of disordered eating
  • get tips for building a healthier body image
 
BOND –  Be Open Not Defensive
  • learn about the meaning and impact of being defensive and how to identify a defensive reaction
  • practice effective responses to criticism at home, school or work
 
Boost Your Self-Esteem
  • learn how to build healthy self-esteem
  • learn how to manage negative self-talk
  • begin to increase confidence and positive self-image
 
Breaking the Procrastination Habit
  • learn to recognize the pattern of postponing, delaying, or putting things off
  • learn about “avoidance patterns”
  • discover strategies to overcome procrastination
 
Food and Mood
  • learn about how the food you eat is important to how you feel
  • discover which foods affect your mood
  • learn which foods can boost your mood
 
Healthy Thinking
  • feeling depressed, anxious or do you just over-think things?
  • learn to better understand why that happens
  • discover strategies to counteract negative thoughts
 
Healthy Relationships
  • learn about the qualities of healthy partner/relationships and friendships
  • recognize the warning signs of an unhealthy relationship
  • learn about building healthy relationships and resources that can help
 
Mindfulness: Living Your Life in the Present
  • learn how to reduce stress, anxiety, or depression through mindfulness
  • try out different mindfulness practices
  • develop unique ways to integrate mindfulness in your life
 
Relaxation
  • learn relaxation techniques including deep breathing, progressive muscle relaxation, guided imagery, and more
  • learn how to use these strategies to de-stress in your everyday life
 
Short on Sleep
  • feeling frustrated about not getting enough sleep?
  • learn about the impact of poor sleep on your health, energy and mood
  • discover tips for improving your sleep
 
Speak Up
  • learn how to strengthen relationships
  • discover how to communicate effectively
  • learn how to assert yourself in positive way
 
Stress Management
  • learn about how stress can affect your overall health and well-being
  • discover how to become aware of your stressors
  • learn strategies to reduce and cope with stress
 
Parent Support Available:
 
Parent Education Session
  • 1 hour 30 minute workshop for parents or caregivers of youth who are experiencing difficulty managing moods (depression/anxiety)
  • learn about the symptoms of mood disorders and types of treatment available
  • discover available community resources
  • learn how to support your child struggling with a mood disorder

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