We provide education, assistance, coping techniques, and support for women struggling with mental health issues. Through a partnership with SHOPPERS LOVE YOU we now offer a 6-week Women’s Wellness Group, a 6-week Baby Blues & Better Days program, a 6-week Disordered Eating & Body Image Program, Women’s Speakers Series, weekly Women’s, and Postpartum Peer Support Groups, Postpartum Warmline, and one-on-one peer support.
Women's Program Manager
Hello! My name is Pam Habing and I am the Women’s Program Manager here at MDAM. I have a wonderful partner, a super positive outlook on life, and am a self-taught abstract artist. You can check out my art at pamelahabing.com. I love nature and foraging wild edibles in my spare time, along with various forms of art and expression like graphic design and creating various beautiful projects. I love working with people, facilitating groups and planning projects.
Having extensive lived experience with mental health I am a firm believer in the power of peer support and highly value paying it forward. I have dedicated my life to helping others and feel very fortunate to be able to impact so many people in this role.
'Light at Top of the Tunnel'
Thursday, May 26, 2022
Rita’s personal and professional journey has always been guided by a ‘light at top of the tunnel’. As a daughter of new immigrants who arrived on the east coast in the mid-sixties, Rita will speak about her journey and sharing some insights in dealing with challenges of managing mental wellness particularly for women from a wide range of communities. The session will focus on some common best practices which bring women together to support one another at various points of their lives.
Rita is the Executive Director (ED) of Mood Disorders Association of Manitoba. She brings over 25 years of senior leadership experience in the not for profit / charitable sector, having served as ED of provincial and national organizations including Women in Media Foundation, Employment Projects of Winnipeg, and Manitoba Interfaith Immigration Council and the first General Manager of Manitoba Chambers of Commerce . Having worked with various vulnerable population especially, women and girls, Rita has a good understanding of issues impacting women and children. As daughter of immigrant parents who arrived on Canada’s east coast, in the mid-sixties she has lived experience of what it means to start life over again in a new country. In addition to her professional experience Rita served on numerous local and national boards and committees. In 2021 Rita received the Nellie McClung Foundation 150 Manitoba Women Trailblazers award.
Rita is married and a proud grandmother of 4!
SAVE THE DATES
Please save the dates below and watch our social media and website for more info each month!
October 21, 2021: Marian Goldstone – “Strength Broken by Strength, and Still Strong”
November 18, 2021: Susan Spiropoulos - "Making My Own Sunshine"
December 16, 2021: Ali Ritchie - "A healthy baby isn't the only thing that matters. Safeguarding yourself from Postpartum Depression"
January 20, 2022: Debra Jonasson-Young - "The Journey through Life - Strength Through Adversity"
February 17, 2022: Dorota Blumczynska - "Her unsaid story; why the painful truths women silently carry need to be brought into the light…"
April 21, 2022: Marion Cooper - "How one woman’s personal recovery experience led to a personal and professional vocation in mental health"
May 26, 2022: Rita Chahal - "Light at the Top of the Tunnel"
Baby Blues & Better Days
What is Baby Blues & Better Days?
The Baby Blues and Better Days course is offered by Mood Disorders Association of Manitoba and is sponsored by Shoppers Drug Mart. It is a free 6-week course for new mothers and their partners that addresses issues and concerns that can come with the birth of a baby, with special emphases on post-partum depression. Attendees learn skills and coping strategies from facilitators who have lived experience with post-partum depression. A support group (in person or online) is offered after the course to provide ongoing help to parents.
A summary of the course is as follows:
- Week 1: The Spectrum of Postpartum Mood & Anxiety Disorders (Baby Blues vs. Post-Partum Depression vs Post-Partum Psychosis, including risk factors, symptoms, and treatments)
- Week 2: The Edin Scale, Getting Help, Relationships & Communication
- Week 3: Myths & Expectations of Moms, Social Supports, and Resources Available
- Week 4: Partners and Parents
- Week 5: Finances, Wellness and Self-Care
- Week 6: Common Symptoms & Physical Health
Currently, we are offering this course four times per year virtually. The size of the group is kept small (maximum 10 registrants) to facilitate good conversations. Moms, partners, and babies are all welcome to attend virtually.
To register, please fill out our short intake form – https://form.jotform.com/220113764685254
If you have questions or comments, please contact Pamela Habing, Women’s Program Manager at 204- 560-1463 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Postpartum Peer Support Group
Women's Wellness Group
Our Women's Wellness Group allows for individuals who identify as women in our community to come together in a positive, safe, and supportive environment. We offer a safe haven to empower positivity, support growth, and enhance learning. Women will share their experiences, embrace a positive mindset and expand their knowledge of mental health through topics such as:
- Paint night
- Walk and talks
- Book night
Our next Women's Wellness Group is scheduled to begin May 12, 2022 in Winnipeg at our office located at 100 - 4 Fort Street. If you would like to add your name to our waiting list, please email Pam at email@example.com right away as the list is lengthy! Maximum of 10-15 participants per session.
Stay tuned for future Women’s Wellness groups, we hope to offer four sessions throughout the year. Monitor this page and our social media for dates, times, and locations.
Disordered Eating Program
Mood Disorders Association of Manitoba is pleased to announce our latest pilot project, our Disordered Eating and Body Image Workshop, and Peer-Support Group.
There is such value in sharing our stories and learning to re-write the narratives that often keep us locked in shame and self-deprecation. Disordered eating, obsessive dieting, low self-esteem, diagnosable eating disorders, and other co-morbid issues are part of a mental health space that currently does not have provincial supports in place to sustain the growing demands of the community. MDAM’s goal is to continue to expand our peer-support-based programming, to provide further assistance for people in this space.
This workshop runs weekly for six sessions. The intention of having a longer spanning workshop is to provide education and skill-building while also creating a community around empowerment.
If you are interested in signing up for our next virtual program starting on May 11, 2022, please fill out our online form.
To sign up for our 6 Week Youth Program (Body Image), please fill out our online form.
Downloadable Support Materials:
- Nutrition Resources (downloadable PDF)
- Colouring Pages for Self-Empowerment (downloadable PDF)
- Self-Empowered Background Images for your Phone
- My Morning Checklist (downloadable PDF)
Our Women’s Wellness Facilitators
My name is Jacqueline Jackson-Clark. I have been volunteering with MDAM for 2 years.
I facilitated the Bipolar group for 1 year and also volunteered with the peer support line.
I’m a mother of 3 wonderful daughters, and, I have a loving and supportive life partner. I am also a teacher and have proudly been an early year’s educator for 22 years.
I have a lot of experience with mental illness and believe strongly that with a positive body, mind, and, soul we can achieve balance and healing. I enjoy giving back to the community, because, I believe we draw strength from our connections, and we grow from our shared experiences.