MyLocalMind Inc. Life Skills Groups

Semi-structured groups for males (Men’s Group), females (Women’s Group), and mixed gender (Mixed Life Skills Group) groups that aims to decrease social isolation, enhance self-esteem, and provide information and skills development around mental health. Over eight sessions with the MyLocalMind Inc. Life Skills Group, the following areas will be addressed: general mental health; emotions; communication; problem solving and goal setting; and relationships.

 

What is the evidence?

At MyLocalMind Inc. and FremantleMind Inc. we only provide services that are evidence-based. Meaningful participation in social and support groups, such as Life Skills Groups, Men’s Groups, and Women’s Groups address a number of major areas including decreasing social isolation, enhancing self-esteem, increasing access to specific information about health, and providing mediation between the everyday world and the health care system. Meaningful participation in such groups enables the development of new skills, increased social connection, reduced stigma, and the improvement of health and wellbeing.

 

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