Residents of south-central Manitoba will have improved access to education about mental health and mental illness beginning today. Thrive Learning Centre is now accepting students for the Fall 2017 semester, which begins on October 3, 2017. A joint initiative between the Canadian Mental Health Association – Central Region and the Manitoba Schizophrenia Society, Thrive Learning Centre offers free, informative courses addressing topics related to health, wellbeing, and skill development.
Built on a traditional college structure, students register for courses by enrolling in the learning centre and meeting with an advisor to develop a tailored learning plan to meet their educational goals. Each course ranges from a couple hours to a couple weeks, with curriculum based on best-practices in adult education and mental health promotion, and informed by people who have experienced difficulties with their own mental health.
The Fall 2017 semester has a line-up of 29 unique courses focused on:
- Understanding and coping with mental health conditions;
- Improving overall mental health by learning how to manage stress, cultivate positive self-esteem, and build health relationships;
- Teaching skills to find employment and housing;
- Building connections in the community for support and cultural identity;
- Managing physical health; and
- Learning to express yourself emotionally and creatively.
Thrive Learning Centre is the first of its kind in Manitoba and only the third recovery education centre in Canada. It provides an opportunity for anybody in the community to learn more about these topics in a welcoming, accessible, and friendly learning environment.
All courses at Thrive Learning Centre will be offered free of charge for adults in the region. There are no eligibility criteria to become a student, other than a willingness to learn and respect other students.