Millions of Canadians feel their energy droop as the days grow short. When the gold of autumn shifts to the greys of winter, many feel down in the dumps. But must winter be an annual curse? In fact, No. Evidence-based medicine now can transform the blues of winter into more joyful hues.
Does the change in seasons bring you down? Do any of these sound familiar?
- Overdoing carbs
- Netflix bingeing
If so, try a Virtual Winter Blues Group, and learn how to:
- Outwit low moods
- Boost energy
- Cope with darkness
- Create motivation
- Enjoy winter
Each session, led by Dr Daniel McBain, lasts 90 minutes, and patients are free to cease participating at any point. The format is population-based psychoeducation and peer support. The psychoeducation is pragmatic, drawing from Solution-Focused Therapy, Cognitive-Behavioural Therapy, Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy, Positive Psychology, Supportive-Expressive Group Therapy, and Physical Wellness for Brain Optimization.
Participants must have access to an electronic device such as a personal computer, tablet, or smartphone. You also need a private location where others won’t see or overhear you during the sessions.
Virtual Winter Blues Groups
- Covered by MSP, with a referral from your doctor
- Zoom meetings
- 90 min for 8 weeks
- Led by a family doctor with a practice focused in mental wellbeing
To refer, please ask your family doctor to complete this form: Winter Blues/Lessons in Happiness referral
Please note that Winter Blues Groups are not recommended for people who are experiencing:
- Active suicidality
- Complex mental illness such as bipolar disorder, psychosis, cluster B personality disorders
- Active substance abuse impeding safety or therapeutic engagement
- Inability to function in a group