Life is full of stresses, challenges and changes and we're not always equipped with the supports that we need to navigate through difficult times.

Prairie Mountain Health is offering a free 5-week interactive program, Strive to Thrive, where participants explore their wellness symptoms and improve their mental health by developing skills, knowledge and practices to empower them to thrive in their daily lives.

Program facilitator, Melanie Hellyer, says the program started as a 4-week series of sessions, but through a trial pilot program they found that folks were really wanting more information on the definitions. "So, we built it into a 5-week program, which is what you see here, and it has been vetted by our psychologist here at Prairie Mountain Health."

The following are some of the subjects discussed in each of the sessions.  Please listen to the audio below for more details on each of these sessions.

Session 1: Exploring the difference between mental stress, mental disorder, and mental health problems

Session 2: Identifying 'thriving' vs 'surviving'

Session 3: Changes and transitions

Session 4:  Resilience in response to stress

Session 5: Building Connections

"From all the classes from 1-5 folks get a lot of hands-on learning for 'tools' that they can put into their 'toolbox' and bring them out when they need to deal with stresses of daily life and become resilient."

Prairie Mountain Health will run three in-person and one virtual session this fall.

BRANDON (IN PERSON): Thursdays, September 14 - October 12 | 6:30 pm - 8 pm Brandon Regional Health, CSI Main Floor Link

KILLARNEY (IN PERSON): Wednesdays, September 6 - October 4 | 1:30 pm – 3:30 pm Tri-Lake Health Centre, Multi-Purpose Room

STE. ROSE (IN PERSON): Thursdays, September 28 – October 26 | 6:30 pm – 8 pm Ste. Rose Primary Health Care Centre

VIRTUAL VIA MS TEAMS: Thursdays, November 9 - December 7 | 6:30 pm - 8 pm

Class size is limited, so register now to ensure your spot.

To register, call 1-877-509-7852 or email

If you have any questions, please contact Melanie Hellyer, Strive to Thrive Program Lead at: 204-578-2196 or email: