Anxiety Support Group

"It’s OK to be scared.
Being scared means you’re about to do something really, really brave.”

- Mandy Hale

Brave is a word that Heather Pagenkopf uses to describe those who join The Family Centre’s anxiety support group.

Heather, the group’s facilitator, welcomes anyone to join and begin the journey of understanding and overcoming their anxiety.

The support group equips participants with knowledge on how anxiety works. It brings awareness of how our thoughts, emotions, and behaviours relate to anxiety. The intimate group allows you to be with others — from all walks of life — who are going through similar experiences. This helps you to see that anxiety shows itself in many different ways but is very similar in a lot of areas.

Before attending the free 5-week virtual course, you will receive information on what to expect from the group’s facilitator. Going into your first meeting you will feel prepared, comfortable, and safe. Relaxation and mindfulness exercises help you get started and finish each session with a good mindset.

People who attend the course feel that they have the tools to be able to start to make changes. Resources are provided so that you can revisit information once the course ends. “They start to see, ‘maybe I have some control and some power over this’”, mentions Heather.  

Heather’s favourite part about leading the anxiety support group is witnessing participants who have become empowered and who then pass that empowerment on to others.  

If you are interested in participating in this group, please contact us at

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Heather Pagenkopf

Support Group Facilitator