"Very informative workshop, I learned new skills and how to communicate my illness to others. I learned to become a self-manager."
Who is it for?
Caregivers and individuals who have physical or mental chronic health condition(s) such as: Cancer, Chronic Pain, Diabetes, Heart Disease, Lung Disease, Kidney Disease, Parkinson's Disease, Stroke/Spinal Cord Injury, Osteoporosis, Multiple Sclerosis, Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Systemic Lupus Erythematosus, Anxiety, Depression, and Bipolar Disorder.
- Develop new skills and abilities to self-manage
- Build confidence to manage and cope with chronic health conditions
- Give and receive support from others who are experiencing similar health problems
In the 6 week workshop they learn how to:
- Make action plans
- Solve problems
- Make informed decisions
- Incorporate exercise in their daily routines
- Manage symptoms
- Develop healthy eating habits
- Manage stress and fatigue
- Deal with difficult emotions
- Communicate with others (loved ones, health care providers)
Workshop leaders are specially trained volunteer leaders, many also living with a chronic condition
2.5 hours weekly for 6 consecutive weeks
The program began in Saskatchewan in 2002. It is delivered under license from Stanford University by volunteer Peer Leaders. Pairs of trained Peer Leaders work with groups of up to 15 people. Research shows that the program improves people's sense of wellbeing and increases people's confidence in managing their health.
LiveWell CDM Programs
Toll Free: 1-877-LIVE-898 (1-877-548-3898)
Leader Training Opportunities
We are always looking for volunteer peer leaders to co-lead this six week program. Leaders receive four full days of training and would ideally commit to leading a minimum of 2 six week sessions.