Lanark Renfrew Health & Community Services

North Lanark Community Health Centre

North Lanark Community Health CentreEstablished in 1992, the North Lanark Community Health Centre (NLCHC) in Lanark Village is the source of primary health care and health promotion programs for thousands of people in north Lanark, but many of our services and programs reach people across Lanark County. NLCHC also serves as the governance and administrative hub for our umbrella organization, Lanark Renfrew Health & Community Services (LRHCS).

Our multidisciplinary health team provides care across the life span – from babies and new parents to seniors with multiple persistent health conditions - through to the provision of palliative care. All our primary care and allied health staff - family doctors, nurse practitioners, nurses, social workers, dietitian, health promoters and community developer, chiropodist and respiratory therapist - work together to address the specific health needs of people in our community. Our partnership with Leeds, Grenville and Lanark District Health Unit provides the services of a dentist and dental hygienist in our new dental suite.

Our health promotion programs reduce barriers to access for our rural residents and help people learn new skills so they can achieve their own health and wellness goals. For example, our programs include: exercise classes for older adults and seniors; falls prevention programs for seniors; cooking groups for men and budget-conscious families; information, support and skills training for people with chronic health conditions; mindfulness based stress reduction programs; non-competitive physical activity programs for children and families; to name just a few.

At North Lanark CHC, our programs and services help reduce the barriers faced by people on low and fixed incomes, and those who may be isolated because of our rural geography. Poverty, geographic isolation and other forms of exclusion can lead to an increased risk of both acute and chronic illness/disease – in individuals, families and communities – and we actively work to reduce or eliminate these, and other barriers.

Please visit North Lanark Community Health Centre website for more information.

Mental Health Support Project

Mental Health Support ProjectThe Mental Health Support Project (MHSP) is a membership driven peer-support program for individuals in Lanark County who struggle with mental health concerns. MHSP has established deep roots in Lanark County since its start in 1999 as a sponsored agency of the North Lanark Community Health Centre.

MHSP is founded on the belief that individuals can and do recover from mental illness. We actively promote a recovery-oriented environment that inspires individuals toward self-determining their own recovery process. Member involvement is vital in the recovery process, so we actively encourage and support member involvement in our monthly member meetings (through the Members’ Sounding Board or MSB), and through involvement and shared decision-making in the planning and organizing of our activities, events and outings. Members are encouraged to speak up and to contribute, and we have systems in place to support this process.

Our weekly peer support groups help reduce isolation caused by the negative impacts of stereotyping and stigma, from the mental illness itself, and from our rural geography. They also encourage ongoing group dialogue and address various issues related to mental illness and wellness, and provide a safe place where people can develop an increased sense of hope, self-awareness and insight, as well as empathy for others. Our social and recreational activities help build supportive friendships among individuals who have both unique and shared experiences in relation to mental illness and wellness. These activities also provide opportunities to define ourselves aside from our illnesses and labels.

Our partners include Lanark County Mental Health, Rideau Valley Diabetes Services, Ontario Peer Development Initiative, The Mills Community Support Corporation, Royal Ottawa Hospital, ACT Team, Brockville Psychiatric, Algonquin College and many others.

As one of approximately 50 consumer initiatives across the province, MHSP receives core funding from the Ontario Ministry of Health and Long Term Care through the Champlain LHIN. The Link – a centrally located activity and resource centre – is located in Smiths Falls, and another program hub is developing in Carleton Place to increase access through a Tuesday morning drop-in support group.

Please visit Mental Health Support Project website for more information.

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