Wellness

Wellness

Our caring, professional staff are here to strengthen, enrich and enhance all aspects of military family life.

We have programs and bilingual services that will provide you with opportunities to network, develop skills and have fun, as well as assist family members in dealing with issues and concerns before they become a crisis.

Our staff has extensive links to other helping professionals and contacts in the community.

If you are in crisis or in need of support during a time that the MFRC is closed or unavailable, please reach out to professionals in the community. You can find a list of resources and supports here.

To find out more, please call (613) 965-3575 or email mentalhealth@trentonmfrc.ca. 

Mental Health Team

While every family has its own issues, there are some challenges that are specific to military families.
The MFRC has a team of mental health professionals that support military family members offering a variety of services for adults, couples, teenagers and children.

Our Mental Health services include:

  • Free and confidential short-term counselling for individuals, couples and families
  • Life & social skill-building
  • Parenting workshops and education
  • Deployment support for children and adults
  • Divorce, grief and loss counselling
  • Telephone sessions available
     

Additional services are available for the families, as well as trauma, symptoms of PTSD and other mental health concerns. The MFRC understands the military lifestyle and can help you understand and access services available.

Contact us: mentalhealth@trentonmfrc.ca 

Administration Assistant – Mental Health

613-392-2811 ext. 4528 | mentalhealth@trentonmfrc.ca 

Prevention Support & Intervention (PSI)

The Prevention Support and Intervention Coordinator (PSI) is a mental health worker who provides a wide range of mental health services including individual counselling and psychoeducational seminars and groups to families in the CAF community.

In addition to providing supportive counselling, the Prevention Support and Intervention Coordinator works in collaboration with other MFRC staff and community partners to offer a wide range of support services for all military families.

Prevention Support and Intervention Coordinator

Contact: mentalhealth@trentonmfrc.ca

613-382-2811 ext. 4017

The Youth Prevention Support and Intervention Coordinator (PSI)

The Youth PSI offers bilingual, individual counselling and support services for children and youth from military families.The PSI also offers resiliency programming for children and youth.

Youth Prevention Support and Intervention Coordinator

613-392-2811 ext. 5541 | mentalhealth@trentonmfrc.ca

Francophone Mental Health Services

The MFRC offers free confidential services to Francophone families of Canadian Forces members. The Francophone Mental Health Services coordinator is a dedicated link to all Trenton MFRC and community support services. Therapeutic counselling for adults, teens and children is available.

Francophone Mental Health Services

Janie Pichette, B.A, B.S.W 

613-392-2811 ext. 3953 | janie.p@trentonmfrc.ca

Bilingual Women’s Services

We are proud to offer bilingual support for all women of the military and civilian community who reside in the Hastings and Prince Edward County. Individual sessions are available by appointment to women (and children) who are experiencing stress, tension, domestic violence and/or sexual violence

in their present or past relationships. Women’s Services and therapeutic support groups and programs specifically designed to meet the needs of bilingual military and civilian families are offered through Hélène. She works in conjunction with our mental health team and community partners to offer a wide range of general support and services for clients.

Bilingual Women’s Services

Contact: Janie Pichette,  B.A, B.S.W 

613-392-2811 ext. 3953 | janie.p@trentonmfrc.ca

Family Liaison Officer

The Family Liaison Officer (FLO) is a Military Family Resource Centre (MFRC) social worker who is part of your local Integrated Personnel Support Centre (IPSC) team. The FLO connects the two centres to ensure the widest variety of support is offered to families of military personnel who are coping with an illness or injury, and families of the fallen.

The FLO is available to help families cope with all phases of the member's recovery, rehabilitation and reintegration.

Family Liaison Officer

Contact: Jaclyn Hunter

613-392-2811 ext. 5059 | jaclyn.h@trentonmfrc.ca

Dedicated Unit - Family Member Support

For CANSOFCOM support, please contact:

613-392-2811 ext. 4081

Military Life and Social Isolation

The integration into a new community after a military relocation is not always an easy step. The process of moving your family, meeting new people, and getting settled takes time, patience, resilience and a positive attitude. 

Social integration is the ability to create links with the community. In the context of military life, social isolation may affect both spouses and children. However, we must not minimize the impact that isolation may have on single military (Regular and Reserve) members.

Factors that may contribute to the isolation of families and/or individuals are numerous and diverse.  Frequent relocations across the country may result in loss of social network and adapting to the new community may be challenging. Learning a new language, looking for a new job, deployment of a spouse, domestic violence, alcoholism and addiction are all factors that create barriers to social integration. 

The consequences of social isolation are numerous. Isolation can lead to all sorts of difficulties such as stress, psychological distress, suicidal thoughts, depression etc. At the family level, isolation can lead to marital conflict, substance abuse, and affect the relationships between the members of the family.

Social integration through the MFRC can help you break through the isolation with many programs that aim to improve the health and well-being of military families. It is the participation of people in the community through volunteering and participating in events and workshops that can promote social inclusion of individuals and families. We offer a number of programs and services that support the development of children, youth and parents, prevention, support and intervention programs, family separation and reunion services, and personal development and community volunteering. (Directorate of Military Family Services: 2004)

We strongly encourage you to give us your suggestions for ideas, projects, workshops or activities that could serve you better and help you to enhance the well-being of the military community.

You can contact us with any questions or concerns, feedback or suggestions by emailing info@trentonmfrc.ca or calling reception at (613) 965-3575.

Good Food Bag and Good Baby Box

The Trenton MFRC partners with the Community Development Council of Quinte (CDCQ) to bring you the Good Food Bag and Good Baby Box programs. This opportunity is available to everyone living in Hastings and Prince Edward County.

The Good Food Bag program offers fresh, nutritious food for an excellent price. Families are able to buy a large bag of vegetables for $10 and a small bag of fruit for $5. The contents of the bag remain similar every month, but can vary slightly based on the supply that CDCQ has available to them.

Your participation in the program will help keep costs low and ensure CDCQ is able to continue to offer this program in our community.

The Good Baby Box program helps families with infants and toddlers reduce food and other supply costs. Each box includes a package of baby wipes and 20 diapers. You are able to purchase one box for every week of the month! The cost of each box is $6.50. Formula is also available upon request.

 

Orders must be placed and picked up monthly. We accept cash, debit, and e-transfer as payment for the orders. Please see the dates below for registration and pick-up deadlines.

2022

Registration Date                                  Pick up Date

August 10                                                  August 16

September 14                                           September 20

October 12                                                October 18

November 9                                              November 15

For more information, please contact Natasha Stevens:

  • (613) 392-2811 ext. 2379
  • natasha.s@trentonmfrc.ca 

Welcome! Get to know the Trenton MFRC Mental Health Team and their support staff and what they can offer you. Watch and learn as they introduce themselves and provide you with their views on mental health and what it means to them. They, along with all the staff at the MFRC, are here to listen and help you and your family maintain positive mental health through all the changes and uncertainties we as a community are facing. Please stay safe.  (WELCOME VIDEO)

Trenton MFRC: Mental Health Resources 

Often family and friends have questions about illnesses like depression, anxiety and Post-traumatic Stress (PTS). We want to offer you a quick source of information to get you started on answering some of these questions. Please click the following links for more information. 

Post-traumatic Stress 

PTS is a common, normal, and often adaptive response to experiencing a traumatic or stressful event. Common occurrences, like car accidents, can trigger PTS as well as more unusual events like military combat or kidnapping. Almost everyone who experiences a scary situation will show at least a few signs of post-traumatic stress. (Learn more HERE)

Anxiety 

Anxiety is the body's natural reaction to a perceived danger or important event. Anxiety acts as an internal alarm system intended to alert us to danger and can cause immediate feelings of worry, nervousness or unease. Not all anxiety is unhelpful. Anxiety is normal, however becomes problematic when it interferes with daily living. (Learn more HERE)

Depression 

Depression is a mental illness, not an emotion. Depression impairs social, occupational, and other important areas of functioning.
Someone experiencing depression is grappling with feelings of severe despair over an extended period of time. Depression is the most common of all mood disorders. It is a serious illness and can be recurrent (that is, people may recover but develop another episode later). It affects about 13 percent of Canadian adults at some time in their lives. (Learn more HERE)

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