Women's Programming

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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. 

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Women's Program Manager

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Pam Habing

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. 

Contact Info:
Phone: 204-560-1463
Email: womensprogram@moodmb.ca

Women's Wellness Group

Our next Women's Wellness Group (in person) is scheduled to begin September 22 - October 27, 2022 in Winnipeg at our office located at 100 - 4 Fort Street. It is a 6-week program that 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:

  • Self-care (physical and emotional)
  • Meditation & Mindfulness
  • Stress, Anxiety & Depression
  • Nutrition & Nourishment
  • Yoga & Mindful Movement

 To register: please email Pam at womensprogram@moodmb.ca. 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.

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Women’s Speakers Series

Crushing the stigma, one story at a time...

Click here to go to our Facebook page to attend the session

 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 with our keynote speaker, Serena Postel. You can hear her sing and share her story on Friday, October 7, 2022 at 11:30 - 1:30 pm at Hotel Fort Garry. Tickets are $50 each and include a 3 course luncheon. Please follow the link below to purchase your ticket:

SERENA POSTEL

'Burping the lid of the pressure cooker'

Friday, October 7, 2022 

It’s been almost three years since anyone has heard or seen Serena and a good decade since she disappeared from the music scene altogether. When Pam Habing reached out to her for the Breaking the Stigma Women’s Speaker Series, she recognized the invitation as a Divine Call. Breaking the stigma resonates deeply for Serena as she has spent her adult life learning how to rewire a nervous system taxed by childhood abuse, poverty, sexual violence, addictions and an eating disorder that finally led to discovering Neurodivergence (in her 40’s).  25 years of active therapy, trial and error medications, sobriety, relapses and set backs, misdiagnosis all the while attempting to function, earn a living and fight for her rights as a mother.

As Serena’s body shut down executive function and dialled up sensory sensitivity, she was faced with hidden homelessness for the third time in her adult life. It made sense after one of these falls to withdraw from the entertainment world and turn her gift of voice and capacity to hold space for others into sharing practices and soundscapes that supported individuals in their own recovery.  But even then, overwhelm eventually overrode the system to shut down.Thankfully the world’s flood gates of hiding are giving in and stories are flowing across boundary lines we couldn’t previously access. Stories saturating social feeds of women late diagnosed after hitting “burnout”. For the first time in her life, it finally made sense and she began to drop the search for normal and instead went down the rabbit hole to recollect the parts of herself she was taught to abandon.  

This presentation will be her first time before an audience since she stopped teaching workshops or performing. When she stopped three years ago she knew she couldn’t hold space for others and needed instead to finally let space be held for her.  She had no choice, as they say: the Body said no. 

About Serena

As a facilitator Serena draws from her own mindfulness practice, curiosity of ancient teachings and study of sound as medicine to offer classes for the cultivation of self compassion. A continuous student of the nature of life, a musician, yoga instructor and certified teacher of MBSR (mindfulness based stress reduction). Serena had regular weekly meditation and sound bath classes at Yoga Public which grew a supportive practice community and regularly guest facilitated at other various Winnipeg studios, conferences, festivals and private healing centres.

“Serena has a true gift as a teacher. She can create an atmosphere of warmth, acceptance and trust amongst a group of strangers within a single session. She knows instinctively when to offer gentle guided meditations, when to sing the bowls, and when to let the silence speak. She leads her classes from a place of humility, respect, and reverence.” - Denise, Professional Artist

As a musician, Serena has received funding from Manitoba Film and Music for demo recordings and FACTOR for a video of her song “Not My Wave” which you can still find online as it has survived her several impulsive attempts to erase her online presence. She has played solo across Canada and at festivals and showcases such as NXNE, OCFF, Trout Forest Festival and Brandon Music and Art Festival in support of her 2006 EP release “Spare Change”.

Baby Blues & Better Days

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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 womensprogram@moodmb.ca.

Disordered Eating Program

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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, starting November 1 from 6:00 - 7:00 pm, please fill out our online form.

Downloadable Support Materials:

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Postpartum Peer Support Group

We offer an online weekly Postpartum Peer Support group on Tuesdays from 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM.

To join the group, please click the link below: 

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Women's Peer Support Groups

In Person Peer Support Group: Every Thursday, 6:45 pm - 7:45 pm, at MDAM office located at 4 Fort street, Winnipeg, MB.

Online Peer Support Group: Every Thursday, 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

This group is cancelled for today!