Free course empowers people to overcome mental health issues

The Bridges Course is a free 10-week course based on two principles—learning about facts, and learning about feelings.

The goal is to empower students to take an active role in their treatment and recovery from mental illness.

Classes include discussions and exercises to help students apply the information

The Bridges Education and Support initiative is a self-help program that provides education and support to people with a mental illness.

It is based on the belief that those of us living with a mental illness “can and do recover a new and valued sense of self and purpose.

All Bridges programs are conducted by people with a mental illness that are trained and certified by the support program.

The course topics include:

• recovery and support

• mood disorders and  thought disorders

• anxiety disorders and personality disorders

• mental health treatment and medications

• mental health services and advocacy

The course sessions take place from 1 to 3 p.m. every Thursday at the B.C. Schizophrenia Society office, 203-347 Leon Ave. in Kelowna.

The first class begins May 12.

To register, call 250-868-3119.


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