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Central Island Health and Wellness Groups

Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis Society of British ColumbiaWe hold support meetings the first Wednesday of each month at the Nanaimo Ecumenical Centre-6234 Spartan Road, Nanaimo. They run from 1:30-3:30pm. We service from Mill Bay to the north end of Vancouver Island. Everyone is welcome; anyone affected by ALS. This is a place to connect with others going through some of the same things. It is a safe place to express thoughts and feelings. It also has a social aspect with coffee/tea and goodies. Contact: [email protected], (888) 708-3228

Alzheimer Society of BC: Alzheimer Society of BC provides support and information to people with dementia and their family and friends. Services include support groups, education, information and referrals. Our Nanaimo resource centre covers all of the Island north of the Malahat, with support groups and education programs in Cowichan, Nanaimo, Parksville, Qualicum, Port Alberni, and Campbell River. Contact: [email protected]  250-734-4170 Toll free: 1-800-462-2833

Ayurveda Body Therapies and Consultation: Ayurveda is an ancient system of preventative health care and lifestyle that has been practiced in India for thousands of years. Mind – body - balance, can be achieved through healthy lifestyle, daily routines that flow with nature, body therapies and treatments yoga and mediation! Contact: [email protected]  250 739 9039

BC Schizophrenia Society, Nanaimo Branch: dedicated to providing education and support to family and friends of those living with a serious and persistant mental illness including schizophrenia, major depression, bipolar disorder, anxiety disorder, and obsessive compulsive disorder. Contact: [email protected]

Bend Over Backwards Yoga: Offering yoga instruction in the Iyengar tradition.  This style of teaching is marked by precision of the alignment of bones, muscles and joints in poses and is yoga for everybody, taught by qualified and rigorously trained instructors.  A wide variety of classes are offered, including a Cancer Recovery and 55+ session.

Bethlehem Retreat Centre: Bethlehem is situated in a wooded acreage on Westwood Lake in Nanaimo. We welcome people from all walks of life - individuals walking a spiritual path founded in the tradition of their choice, groups providing time away for their members, and/or non-profit organizations in need of meeting space. Offering culinary delights is a fundamental part of our services. Contact: [email protected], Phone:  250.754.3254

Calming the Storm: An online, self-paced workshop to help ease the symptoms of anxiety.  Contact: [email protected], 250-937-1223

Canadian Cancer Society: A national community-based organization of volunteers whose mission is the eradication of cancer and the enhancement of the quality of life of people living with cancer. 
Contact: [email protected]  Call 250-380-2354

Central Island Healthy Lifestyles A program that helps children, adolescents and their families acheive a healthier lifestyle. We work in conjunction with VIHA and BC Children's Hospital, and a team of health professionals are involved in the assessment and/or the intervention program.

Edgar Cayce's Search For God Study Group - This small group format provides a supportive foundation for people interested in developing more awareness of the effectiveness of the spiritual laws that underly all religious thoughtand teachings. 7 to 9 pm every Wednesday  Contact: [email protected]

Island Counselling offers: Stop Chasing Your Mind! Worries, fears, depression, stress, insomnia, anger? Gentle, safe, small, confidential group Every Wed. 7-9PM  Pre-register- by donation  250 754-9988

Fibromyalgia Support Group - With a fibromyalgia support group, you have a place to vent your frustrations, share your situation and best of all receive comfort and support from others in a safe and supportive space.

Bring family and friends to this welcoming group and learn more about what you are going through. Our group will focus on caring and laughter, giving you a weekly place to meet new friends. We will share fun activities and snacks. You are invited to a place where you can openly and freely chat about anything! Without judgment.

Contact: [email protected], 250-760-0187

MS Society of Canada: Central Island Client Services and supports for persons living with MS in the Central Island area-inclusive from Ladysmith to Qualicum and then west to Port Alberni and the west coast.

Nanaimo Brain Injury Society - (250) 753-5600  Email: [email protected]

Nanaimo Family Life Association - Centre for Healthy Relationships - We help individuals and families respond to personal changes and external challenges in a way that fosters healthy relationships. Contact: [email protected]

Nanaimo Metaphysical Network Society - Inform, share, and develop a sense of community between all people who are open to exploration of metaphysical concepts and the study of the nature of the mind. 7 pm on the first and third Thursdays of every month (except July and August) at the Unitarian Fellowship Hall, 595 Townsite, Nanaimo.  Contact: [email protected]

Neurological Wellness Association: Helping people living with any type of mental illness or disability, including Huntington's, Parkinson's, Alzheimer's, schizophrenia, MS, dystonia, and more. We are here to help put you in contact with any health and wellness products and services you need, to  raise funds in order to subsidize treatments and services that would not be covered under typical medical insurance coverage, and to help educate people about alternative therapies. Contact: [email protected] 1-855-263-7883 ex.4

Oceanside Hospice Society:  Providing compassionate supports to those facing end of life, their families and caregivers. Offering grief supports, self care through healing touch, activities, events and respite.  Contact: [email protected]

Oceanside Stroke Recovery Society: Meets Fridays 11:00 - 1:30 pm St. Columba Church Hall, 921 Wembley Rd. in Parksville. Provides therapies (exercise, speech, music & art) and caregivers' counselling. Stroke survivors and caregivers are welcome! Bring a brown bag lunch.

Oceanside Stroke Recovery Society has been providing therapy to stroke survivors and support to caregivers in Oceanside since 1986. Phone: 250-586-6766.

Sahaja Yoga Meditation: Learn how to meditate! Free meditation classes are offered every Wednesday from 5:30 to 6:30 at the McMillan Arts Centre, 133 McMillan Street, Parksville. Contact: [email protected] 250-954-5040

Symphony Neurological Rehabilitation: Offering mobile physiotherapy services to individuals of Nanaimo, Parksville, Qualicum Beach, and Ladysmith areas.   Receive your rehab in the comfort of your own environment.  Our therapists are experienced in the area of neuro rehab, including stroke, Parkinson's Disease, Brain Injury, Spinal Cord and more. Contact: [email protected]  250.618.4548

TOPS Taking Off Pounds Sensibly: A not for profit support group that has been around since the 1940's. This chapter meets for one hour Tuesday mornings at the Moose Hall on Cranberry Avenue in the South End just off the HWY by the Co-op Gas Bar.
Contact: [email protected] 250 753-1364

Transitions Counselling & Psychotherapy - Offers community based services to individuals or couples by a Registered Clinical Counsellor. Therapeutic support for concerns like; anxiety, addictions, depression, eating disorders, stress, relationship discord, trauma and sexuality. Free initial consultation and sliding fee scale.   Contact: [email protected]ca

Turning the Tide: A 10-week online support group for people living with depression. Explore fresh ways to ease your symptoms, while connecting with others who really understand.

Contact: [email protected], 250-937-1223.


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