Maintain your mental health and take a chance to socialize over the summer with one of the many activities offered by the Canadian Mental Health Association – Moose Jaw Branch (CMHA).  

Dusti Hennenfent, acting branch director for the Moose Jaw Branch of the Canadian Mental Health Association, spoke with us about what they have going on this summer. 

 

Coffee and Connection  

This takes place on Monday nights in July and August at Houston Pizza from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. and offers an opportunity for people to make social connections in the community.  

“We provide either a coffee or a pop. We ask people if they can bring a dollar or two for a tip. If they can’t, they’re still welcome,” said Hennenfent. 

 

Confronting the Discomfort 

Tuesdays in July from 1:30 p.m. until 3:30 p.m. see a live, virtual class called “Confronting the Discomfort” offered for free. 

These weekly classes are offered via the Hope Learning Centre based in Regina, with the Canadian Mental Health branch in Moose Jaw operating as a satellite classroom at 326-B High St W. “We participate as a group via webcam for that live virtual class,” said Hennenfent. 

“Confronting the Discomfort is a class where students learn and practice skills for dealing with stress and anxiety. They learn strategies and coping – how to manage and understand the sphere of control, and how they respond to stressors.” 

It is ideal for people participating in the virtual classes to take part in all parts of the course as information builds on previous sessions, though people can still sign up. Classes for this month’s course started on July 2. 

They would like people to sign up in advance for these virtual classes so they have enough materials available for attendees.  

You can find out more about the free classes offered by the Hope Learning Centre here

Hennenfent said they will pick another virtual class for August to participate in as a group in Moose Jaw.  

If you’d like to sign up to attend the virtual classes in person with the CMHA in Moose Jaw, you can call or text 306-513-7801 or call 306-692-4240. 

 

Helping the Helpers 

This is a support group that happens on the first and third Tuesday in July and August from 6 p.m. until 7:30 p.m. at 326-B High Street West. 

“That’s a support group that is designed to create a space for people who are supporting other people through their mental health journey, which can be sometimes quite a challenging ride in life,” explained Hennenfent.  

It gives people who are going through that shared experience an opportunity to connect. 

 

Walk and Talk in the Park 

Every Wednesday in July and August, people can come together and meet in front of the Moose Jaw Public Library from 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. 

Hennenfent said it’s an informal group that walks in Crescent Park together. “That’s just an opportunity to talk and share with other people.” 

“In the case that the weather is bad, and for example it’s raining or something else, then the alternative is that we meet here at the office [326-B High Street West], and we play some board games and do some crafts and use that as an opportunity for a time to get together as well.” 

 

Dungeons and Dragons and Board Games 

Thursday July 18th will see Dungeons and Dragons nights at 326-B High Street West. Typically, Dungeons and Dragons is held every other Thursday from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. 

Hennenfent said they’re possibly going to have a “Learn to Play” opportunity for Dungeons and Dragons in August.  

Alternating Thursdays, they hold board games sessions. This month will see those remaining sessions happening July 11th and 25th.  

 

Hennenfent encourages anyone interested in their various programs to join in. For more information on programming at the CMHA – Moose Jaw Branch, you can call or text 306-513-7801, or call 306-692-4240. 

Follow the CMHA – Moose Jaw Branch on Facebook here or check out their website here.