Grief

Grief is a strong, sometimes overwhelming emotion for people, regardless of whether their sadness stems from the loss of a loved one or from a terminal diagnosis they or someone they love have received.

They might find themselves feeling numb and removed from daily life, unable to carry on with regular duties while saddled with their sense of loss.

Grief is the natural reaction to loss. Grief is both a universal and a personal experience. Individual experiences of grief vary and are influenced by the nature of the loss. Some examples of loss include the death of a loved one, the ending of an important relationship, job loss, loss through theft or the loss of independence through disability.

Experts advise those grieving to realize they can’t control the process and to prepare for varying stages of grief. Understanding why they’re suffering can help, as can talking to others and trying to resolve issues that cause significant emotional pain, such as feeling guilty for a loved one’s death.

Mourning can last for months or years. Generally, pain is tempered as time passes and as the bereaved adapts to life without a loved one, to the news of a terminal diagnosis or to the realization that someone they love may die.

If you’re uncertain about whether your grieving process is normal, consult your health care professional. Outside help is sometimes beneficial to people trying to recover and adjust to a death or diagnosis of a terminal illness.

Source: Mayo Clinic

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Men’s Peer Support Group

Online Mixed Peer Support Group

Postpartum Peer Support Group

Women’s Peer Support

Indigenous Talking Circle

Friends and Family Support Group

Youth Peer Support

Mixed Senior’s Tea & Tales

Mixed Coffee and Chat

Mixed Bipolar

Mixed Depression & Anxiety

Young Adult Peer Support Group

Mixed Peer Support Group – Parkland

Soul Sisters 

Brandon Men’s Activity Club

Westman Men’s Exchange

Bipolar Peer Support Group

Power To Parent

This group caters to everyone who identifies as men that addresses to all mood disorders diagnosed or undiagnosed and welcomes them to experience support and connection.

IN PERSON

Mondays

5:30 pm - 6:30 pm

ONLINE

Wednesdays

6:30 pm - 7:30 pm

LAUNCH ONLINE MEETING plus

This group caters to everyone regardless of their age or gender and addresses all mood disorders diagnosed or undiagnosed and welcomes them to experience support and connection.

ONLINE

Mondays

6:30pm to 7:30pm

LAUNCH ONLINE MEETING plus

Our postpartum support group addresses issues and concerns that can come with the birth of a baby, with special emphasis on postpartum depression.

ONLINE

Saturdays

9:00 am - 10:00 am

LAUNCH ONLINE MEETING plus

These in-person and online groups for women welcome open, honest and heartfelt connections and conversations. We aim to provide coping techniques, and support for women struggling with their mental health.

IN PERSON

Thursdays

6:45pm to 7;45pm

Facilitator: Asta Carvalho

ONLINE

Thursdays

12:00pm to 1:00pm

LAUNCH ONLINE MEETING plus

This group is specifically offered to the Indigenous community and their families. Our aim is to provide support for any diagnosed or undiagnosed mood disorders along with resources in each group.

ONLINE

Monday's

Facilitator: Jeff Gobiel

LAUNCH ONLINE MEETING plus

This group offers support to friends and family to help them deal with mood disorders diagnosed or undiagnosed and welcomes them to experience support and connection.

ONLINE

Tuesdays

7:00pm to 8:00pm

LAUNCH ONLINE MEETING plus

This online group offers a safe space for youth under 17 years of age where they can come together and chat about their own mental health and seek help for any mood disorders they might be suffering from.

ONLINE

Tuesdays

6:00pm to 7:30pm

LAUNCH ONLINE MEETING plus

Our Seniors Tea & Tales is all about coming together for afternoon tea or coffee to share experiences and discuss a variety of topics about mental health, or simply to connect with other people in a similar age group!

Location: Our office at 4 Fort Street; Winnipeg

IN PERSON

Tuesdays

1:30pm to 3:30pm

This in-person group is offered to all in community and their families. We provide an educational component along with resources in each group.

IN PERSON

Tuesdays

5:30pm to 6:30pm

This in-person group is for anyone who is suffering from bipolar diagnosed or undiagnosed and welcomes them to experience support, conversations and connection.

IN PERSON

Tuesdays

6:30 to 7:30pm

This is an in-person group for anyone struggling with depression or anxiety diagnosed or undiagnosed. We welcome you to experience connection and conversation along with support and resources to help you heal.

IN PERSON

Thursdays

6:30pm to 7:30pm

This group is a safe space where youth ages 18-24 come together and chat about their own mental health and what’s going on in their lives. We will cover certain themes every week and at the end of every month we will have an outing while doing peer support. Themes can include Self-care, Support Systems, Advocacy, Transitioning and more.

ONLINE

Fridays

6:30 pm -7:30 pm

LAUNCH ONLINE MEETING plus

This is an online group that meets on Saturdays.

ONLINE

Saturdays

11:00am - 12:00 pm

Facilitator: Mel

LAUNCH ONLINE MEETING plus

This is a “coffee and conversation” support group for women experiencing mood disorders, low mood, or the frustrations and concerns of Covid-19. It is a group of women helping women through sisterhood and connection. This group does not meet on statutory holidays. (No charge for this group)

To receive the link to this group or for further information, please contact westman@moodmb.ca or call / text Marian at 204-721-2174 or Susan at susans@moodmb.ca

ONLINE

Tuesdays

10:00am to 11:00am

Facilitator: Susan

LAUNCH ONLINE MEETING plus

It is a group aimed primarily at men 40+ but those younger are welcome as well. The group fosters socialization and connection amongst men in a workshop setting. This group does not meet on statutory holidays. (No charge for this group.)

To receive the link to this group or for further information, please contact Marian at westman@moodmb.ca or at 204-721-2174

IN PERSON

Wednesdays

1:30 to 3:30 pm

Facilitator: In person at the BNRC Creation Nation Maker Space in Brandon, Manitoba

Join men aged 18+ from Westman area to discuss news about your community, your interests and general connection and camaraderie.

For more information or to register for free, please email at westman@moodmb.ca or call / text  204-721-2174 

ONLINE

Thursdays

1:30 to 3:00 pm

LAUNCH ONLINE MEETING plus

An online peer support group for those living with bipolar, diagnosed or undiagnosed. Meet and connect with peers in your area on Thursday nights. This group does not meet on statutory holidays. (No charge for this group)

To receive the link to this group or for further information, please email at westman@moodmb.ca or call / text 204-721-2174

ONLINE

Thursdays

6:30pm to 8:00pm

LAUNCH ONLINE MEETING plus

ONLINE

Every first Monday of the month

6:30 pm

LAUNCH ONLINE MEETING plus