The Self-Help Connection provides workshops and presentations on various self-help and related topics to serve communities across Nova Scotia. We can design a workshop for your needs and can present the information in one-hour, two-hour, half-day, full-day, or multiple day formats. Our workshops include, but are not limited to:

  • Self-Help Group Development
  • Facilitation Skills
  • Troubleshooting in Groups
  • Group Transitioning
  • Professionals and Self-Help
  • Mental Health First Aid

Self-Help Group Development

This workshop walks participants through our 10 Steps to Starting a Group information package. This includes, but is not limited to: Finding others who share your interest; Finding a suitable meeting place; Deciding on a meeting format; Targeting your membership, and so on.

Facilitation Skills

Anyone can learn how to start a self-help group, but many of us could use some help on how to run a group. Even experienced facilitators can learn new techniques and our workshops are great for interacting with and learning from fellow group facilitators. This workshop provides participants with essential and practical skills when leading groups, and can incorporate conflict resolution in groups depending on time constraints.

Troubleshooting in Groups

Sometimes self-help groups find themselves at a standstill, such as when membership dwindles or discussions become stagnant, or they begin to see conflict arising among members. Conflict in groups can range from a member taking up too much ‘air time’ or being disruptive to needing professional help, and so on. This workshop explores the various ways in which groups may be experiencing challenges and problem-solving on specific areas identified by the group.

Group Transitioning

This workshop helps groups to transition from a professionally-led support group to a peer-led self-help group (sometimes also referred to as a peer-led support group). For more information on the difference between these groups, click here.

Professionals and Self-Help

This workshop educates professionals on the benefits of self-help as a complement to professional practice and provides various tools and resources to help facilitate informal referrals to groups for their patients.

Mental Health First Aid

Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) is the help provided to a person developing a mental health problem or experiencing a mental health crisis. Just as physical first aid is administered to an injured person before medical treatment can be obtained, MHFA is given until appropriate treatment is found or until the crisis is resolved. The MHFA Canada program aims to improve mental health literacy and provide the skills and knowledge to help people better manage potential or developing mental health problems in themselves, a family member, a friend or a colleague. For more information on MHFA, please visit