The Art of Friendship

Worth Living with the support of the Canadian Mental Health Association Nova Scotia Division is offering The Art of Friendship Online Course starting on September 17, at 7 pm ADT, and contuining eash Tuesday thereafter, conluding on November 5. Each session lasts two hours. It will be hosted on zoom so all you need is a computer, tablet, or a smartphone. There will be no charge to attend, though sears are limited.

The Art of Friendship was developed by CMHA Calgary Region and has been offered for some time as an in-person course. This will be the first time it will held online.

Here is some of the Course Materials.

Orientation, Session 1:

“A Mental Illness Can Happen to Anyone. It Knows No Boundaries.

Living a healthy lifestyle means maintaining our mental health and wellness, as well as our physical and spiritual well-being. The Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA) provides a comprehensive set of community-based services that address mental health issues for individuals and their families.

Today, people living with a mental health or substance use concern are leading productive and independent lives.

For most, reaching this personal goal has often been the result of a strong support network, especially from others who have been through a similar experience. To support this, CMHA has developed The Art of Friendship course.

Highly trained and skilled volunteers, facilitators and mentors work with individuals on their recovery journey as they learn to manage their wellness while working towards greater independence.

The Art of Friendship offers a safe, supportive, hands-on environment in which an individual can:

  • Learn and practice mental health recovery
  • Develop relationship skills and build healthy friendships
  • Develop a peer support network
  • Learn problem-solving techniques
  • Enhance their independence”

Understanding Human Behavior and Basic Needs Theory, Session 2

“According to psychologist, Abraham Maslow (1908-1970), humans are motivated to fulfill eight basic needs on their journey to realize their potential. These eight generally accepted beliefs about the nature of human behaviour can be useful in understanding why we do what we do. .

Principles of Human Behaviour

  1. We all have similar needs.
  2. Everything we do is directed by goals.
  3. Our self-concept influences all of our behaviour.
  4. Our self-concept is learned and can be changed.
  5. Our self-concept is influenced by the consequences of our behaviour.
  6. We are always learning and changing.
  7. Increased self-awareness leads to responsible decision-making.
  8. We learn from each other.

In order for us to cope positively and feel in control, we must satisfy our human needs.”


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