Studying for resilience


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Studying for resilience

Toronto, December 12, 2016

By Evelyne Jhung

Sanda Kazazic and Samuel Gruszecki discuss the week’s readings with Dave Nolting
Peer support workers Sanda Kazazic (left) and Samuel Gruszecki discuss the week’s readings with program participant Dave Nolting (center). (Photo by Katie Cooper)

Getting “lost everything” in B.C. following a particularly devastating manic episode, Dave Nolting found his long ago to Ontario and also to the STAR Learning Center, a course that can help people transition from being homeless to housing in as smooth a way as you possibly can by letting them uncover or find activities which are significant for them.

Among the programs is Studying for Resilience.

“This is really a highly advantageous program to be with since there are others who’ve been through similar adversities while you,Inches stated Nolting.

Every week, participants within the Studying for Resilience program pay attention to and discuss selected readings – including short essays to haiku – according to that week’s theme. Styles include empathy, courage, loneliness, love and hope.

Spearheaded by Sandy Iverson, manager from the Scotiabank Health Sciences Library, the bibliotherapy program began its second session using the STAR program and St. Michael’s Hospital’s inpatient Mental Health Unit in September. It doesn’t require any literacy level nor are participants obliged to complete the readings ahead of time.

“People think it is calming to become read to – that by itself is therapeutic,” stated Iverson. “Reading the other individuals have written, about loneliness or despair for instance, after which discussing it will help participants notice that they’re only some of the ones dealing with this. People share their ideas and interpretations, but additionally their very own encounters.”

      “The common denominator among many of us is that this concept of resilience. What exactly is it and exactly how should we construct it to assist us on the journey?”
– Sanda Kazazic, peer support worker, STAR

This program is six days lengthy and every session is restricted to 6 to 8 participants to match comfortable discussion. Iverson and the other librarian co-facilitate the sessions and peer support workers from STAR and also the inpatient Mental Health Unit attend.

“It rehashes for me personally that you aren’t alone during these ideas of bleakness or feeling downtrodden,” stated Nolting. “They’re fairly prevalent, feelings even those who have jobs [as poets or authors] experience. It reaffirms i believe that I am not alone within this journey.”

About St. Michael’s Hospital

St. Michael’s Hospital provides compassionate choose to all who enter its doorways. A healthcare facility offers outstanding medical education to future medical professionals in 27 academic disciplines. Critical care and trauma, cardiovascular disease, neurosurgery, diabetes, cancer care, proper care of the destitute and global health are some of the hospital’s recognized special areas of practice. With the Keenan Research Center and also the Li Ka Shing Worldwide Healthcare Education Center, which from the Li Ka Shing Understanding Institute, research and education at St. Michael’s Hospital are recognized making an effect all over the world. Founded in 1892, a healthcare facility is fully associated with the College of Toronto.

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