It is all about mental health

Mental illness is increasingly recognized as a serious and growing problem, according to the Canadian Mental Health Association. The CMHA estimates that 1 in 5 Canadians will develop a mental illness at some time in their lives, but many more individuals such as family, friends, and colleagues are indirectly affected. The good news, mental illnesses can be treated effectively and there are resources to help.

Townshippers’ Association recently had a chance to tour the new Dunham House – Maison Dunham to see what the new residential treatment center will offer to those seeking help with mental health issues.

The facility, formerly known as the NuHab Centre, recently relocated from it’s smaller location in Ascot Corner to the spacious property at 1964 Scottsmore in Dunham. The new site features several buildings and many acres of land which will be used to help the residents, who stay at the facility voluntarily, to participate in therapies that will treat their mental health issues.

The main building has been extensively renovated and includes rooms for specialized therapeutic activities such as music therapy, which has been shown to help with managing stress, expressing emotion and improving communication. The extensive grounds will be used to help resident enjoy the beneficial effects of such treatments as horticulture and animal therapy.

In the past, NuHab has benefited from the support of Bishop’s University which offers psychology students the opportunity to hone their skills. However, with the recent move to Dunham, some of the counselors are no longer able to travel the distance to participate leaving a need within the facility.

To fill that need, the Dunham House is looking for a few train counselors to volunteers. They also welcome volunteers with other skills, activities, and passions, such as horticulture, music, sports. A part-time cook would also be appreciated.  The facility is also looking to hire a few counselors with physiology degrees. For details, please contact the Dunham House by calling 450-263-3434.

Self-Esteem and Aging

Do we become invisible as we age? What contributes to our lack of self-esteem as we get older? Health matters Re-visited with Barb Bellingham from Avante Womens Centre, will tackle this topic on Monday, March 27 at 1:30 at the community center in Knowlton, 370 Victoria.

During this free interactive session, social worker Norma Gilbert will look at t main factors which contribute to it changing during the aging process. With an involvement in many research projects regarding in healthy aging, Norma is a researcher-practitioner in social-gerontology and developed the Jog Your Mind program. This CHSSN initiative is funded by Health Canada through the Roadmap for Canada’s Official Languages 2013-2018.

For more information on Townshippers’ Association and our activities, keep reading this weekly Keeping in Touch column in The Record and visit us on Twitter @Townshippers,, and our website Connect with Townshippers’ offices in Sherbrooke at 100 – 257 Queen, 819-566-5717, toll-free: 1-866-566-5717, or Lac-Brome at 3-584 Knowlton Rd, 450-242-4421, toll-free: 1-877-242-4421.

Published: About Townshippers column, Brome County News, Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Photo Credit: Courtesy Aidan Meyer

Photo Caption: Mental illness directly affects an estimated 1 in 5 Canadians and indirectly affect countless family, friends, and colleges. Mental health facilities, such as the new Dunham House, can help those with mental health issues with treatments to find themselves again.