This fall, LakeCity will be opening our doors to creative individuals living with mental illness or addictions with the creation of our Therapeutic Woodworking Programs. In an effort to expand our reach to groups underrepresented at LakeCity, we will be offering programs tailored to three specific demographics: Veterans and Civilians living with PTSD, Youth aged 16-30, and self-identified Women, Transgender, and Gender Non-Binary People.

We hope to create an inclusive and compassionate space where participants at all stages of recovery can develop their own sense of self worth through creative recreation and community support. With a focus on wellness and peer support, participation in weekly roundtable discussions will be encouraged. Group conversation could include topics such as: strategies for self care, identifying and addressing unhelpful patterns in our own behaviour, and recognizing and responding to crisis situations.

We believe that every person has unique skills and abilities, and that resilient communities are born when these abilities are channeled into compassionate support for ourselves, and others whose struggles resemble our own. With that in mind, we will dedicate a portion of each session to a collaborative project that will be designed by the group, and sold at LakeCity Marketplace to ensure the continuation of the program—actualizing our sense of self as part of a larger community that we care for, and likewise cares for us.

The programs will be guided by participants, with structure, support, and guidance from LakeCity staff. Participants will be encouraged to be creative in imagining and designing a personal project that they will work on for the duration of the program. The sessions are open to people who self describe as living with mental illness. No experience with woodworking is required.

LakeCity gratefully acknowledges the support of the Nova Scotia Department of Health and Wellness, the Nova Scotia Mental Health Foundation, RBC Foundation, and the Dartmouth Heritage Museum.

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Veterans & Civilians with PTSD

Tuesdays 4:30 - 7:30 September 25 - December 11

Thursdays 4:30 - 7:30 September 27 - December 13

Women, Transgender and Gender Non-Binary People

Tuesdays 4:30 - 7:30 September 25 - December 11


Thursdays 4:30 - 7:30 September 27 - December 13


Our sessions are currently full, but please fill out this form to be added to our wait-list.