Inaugural meeting planned for caregivers of those with Alzheimer’s or dementia

It was clear Dominic Boyd’s experiences would be put to good use once he retired. Where the county did not offer an Alzheimer’s and dementia family support group in the area, Boyd has stepped up to help organize a group with the help of former colleague, Linda Turner, a social worker with Mental Health. The...

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Group seeking mental health change

Residents across the province are calling for a fundamental change in the mental health system with the help of some MLAs and a petition. Locally, Robbie Weatherbee has been fighting for change for a couple of years after losing someone close to her to suicide. “Every time I say it it’s still shocking, I still...

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YMCA retreat focuses on mental health

With mental health awareness on the rise, 16 local youth took the extra step with the help of the Pictou County YMCA and learned Mental Health First Aid at a recent youth camp near Truro. Gittens Lodge played host to the first every youth retreat this year for the YMCA and the two-day camp proved...

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Caring for the caregivers

As with most illnesses, caretakers for those who are faced with a mental illness need to be mindful to not only take care of the person with the diagnosis but themselves as well. After having been previously hosted in Pictou County, the Families Matter in Mental Health group will be taking place this month to...

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Garden Therapy

Conservation horticulturist Melanie Priesnitz spends a great deal of time in the garden. She has been helping the visitors of Acadia University’s Harriet Irving Botanical Gardens unplug and connect to nature, for years. Recalling her career, in Ontario, working in office buildings she says, “I was wistfully looking out the window, wishing I was outside...

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Sherry Blinkhorn elated with Vision Award

NEW GLASGOW — Sherry Blinkhorn says she is overjoyed and humbled to have received the Mental Health Foundation of Nova Scotia’s Vision Award for Outstanding Volunteer. The local real estate operator and Loch Broom resident received the award last week in conjunction with the foundation’s annual general meeting. “Many advocates better than I am have...

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Creating positivity: Deck the Stalls

Positive reinforcement can mean the world to someone struggling, especially to those with a mental illness. With a new project being put together by local organization Dream Candy, local high school students will receive the boost of confidence and positivity that they might need to make it through a tough day — all from a...

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Walking the Road to Recovery and help

NEW GLASGOW — Carmichael Park was filled with balloons and a welcoming air as the Road to Recovery Walk for the Schizophrenia Society of Nova Scotia took place Saturday afternoon. The walk has been taking place in Pictou County for eight years and is steadily raising more awareness for mental health. “All the money we...

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Rise up

A protest rally called Nova Scotians Rise Up will be taking place at the Legislature in Halifax on Tuesday, February 27, beginning at 12 p.m. and running until 5 p.m. Many groups and organizations from across the province are expected to come together to protest against the sitting Liberal Government  that they say is undermining...

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Past and future …

We’re now more than a week into 2018 and local political leaders are weighing in on what the past year has brought. They are also sharing their views on what they hope for this year … Sean Fraser Member of Parliament for Central Nova As Canada 150 draws to a close, it is an appropriate...

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