United Way Halton & Hamilton’s ConnectEd program proudly provides low-cost training workshops to all non-profit organizations.

The program allows United Way Halton & Hamillton to strengthen the capacity of the community at its root by ensuring non-profit staff and volunteers have access to the latest information taught by industry experts.

ConnectED Fall 2019 Workshops

Mental Health First Aid

Date: October 7 and 8, 2019

Time: 8:30 am-4:30 pm each day

Location: 1540 Cornwall Road, Oakville ON, L6J 7W5. Follow the signs for CMHA

Cost: $175 per person, includes both days

Register Here.

“If I sprain my ankle, chances are you will know what to do. If I have a panic attack, chances are you won’t.”

1 in 5 people will experience a mental health problem this year. Mental Health First Aid is a two-day interactive course that teaches people the signs and symptoms of mental health problems, as well as how to help someone showing signs of a mental health problem or experiencing a mental health crisis.  Just as important as physical first aid, mental health first aid provides the skills and knowledge to help people better manage potential or developing mental health problems in themselves, a family member, a friend, or a colleague.  The course focuses on the four most common mental health disorders including anxiety and trauma related, mood related, substance abuse and psychotic disorders.

What you will go home with:

  • Mental Health First Aid Certificate (must be present for entire course to receive certificate)
  • Confidence and skills to engage someone with an emerging mental health problem or in a mental health crisis (incl. interventions for overdose, suicide behaviour, panic attacks, psychotic episode, acute stress reaction)
  • Greater understanding of and recognition of possible mental health problems
  • Reduced stigma

“I am recommending this course to family, friends and colleagues. I realized through this course that I carried a lot of misinformation and misconceptions about mental illness.”

“This was an incredible course. It gave me concrete tools that I can use to help people.”

Facilitator: Melanie McGregor is a Specialist in Health Promotion and Advancement for the Canadian Mental Health Association Halton Region Branch. She has been part of the CMHA Halton Region Branch team since 2012 and is currently responsible for training, awareness, special events, and fundraising. It is her own lived experience with a mental illness that gives her passion to talk and teach about mental health and how people and workplaces can encourage and support wellness, balance, and recovery. 

A former high school English teacher, Melanie is also a Mental Health First Aid Canada Master Trainer, an Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST) Facilitator, and a certified CMHA Psychological Health and Safety Advisor. She also writes a bi-weekly wellness column for Halton Metroland Media.

Design Thinking

Date: November 5, 2019

Time: 9am – 12pm

Location: Halton Region Police Service Community Room. 3800 Constable Henshaw Blvd, Burlington, ON L7M 4M8

Cost: Free

Register Here. 

Design is often associated with fashion and app development, but it’s integral when innovating any services, processes and products. It might seem like most brilliant ideas pop out of thin air. But Eureka! moments are quite rare. Good ideas often emerge from collaboration, trial and error. Design thinking is a structured way of navigating the process of innovation and is grounded in a human-centric lens. It starts by understanding the people you’re designing for, redefining the problem, creating unique ideas, and testing those ideas with clients early-on. Design thinking has been used by companies like Google and IBM to thrive, and is being used across the world for social innovation.

In this workshop, participants will learn about design thinking through a hands-on design sprint. Working in pairs, you’ll listen to your partner’s needs, define a problem worth solving, explore unique ideas, and test them with your partner to get feedback early-on.

Facilitator: Vivien Underdown, United Way Halton & Hamilton. Vivien works in the Community Impact Department at UWHH as the Manager of Strategic Initiatives and Capacity Building. Vivien is helping UWHH to integrate design thinking into the organizational culture and regularly facilitates design sprints to improve internal processes and services. She is also managing the development of UWHH’s Social Innovation Lab.

Scott GallagherConnectED