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.
Our Women’s Speakers Series is a monthly online series aired on Facebook Live on the 3rd Thursday of each month at 7 PM. The Speakers Series was created to give those who identify as women in our community a platform to speak about their stories in the open, and to feel empowered in doing so.
Featuring a different speaker each month, the series kicks off on October 3, 2022 with a live event. Stay tuned for more exciting details coming soon!
The series is based on our peer support model – we empower those who suffer from mental illness to share their lived experiences and recovery stories of hope in a safe and supportive environment.
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 email@example.com.
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:
- Book / Paint night
Our next Women's Wellness Group is scheduled to begin September 22, 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 firstname.lastname@example.org. Maximum of 10 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 6-week program, 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, date TBD, 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.