The Canadian Mental Health Association's Saint John office is offering courses this fall that will help women improve their self-confidence, assertiveness and self-awareness.

Judy Urquhart

Previous programs have helped women find the courage to change their lives, says Judy Urquhart. (Gentle Path Counselling)

Mental health workers say the programs can help women live better lives. Gentle Path Counselling's Executive Director Judy Urquhart has seen how they can change lives.

"A lot of them find courage to leave abusive relationships. A lot of them find courage to maybe get back in the job market. A lot of them find the courage to be able to go back to school and complete their education," said Urquhart.

Program coordinator Dawn O'Dell said they are specifically designed for the situations women face, and they're open to any woman who feels she could benefit from them.

"They're wonderful proactive programs that help support the development of women," said O'Dell.

"It is a safe environment for participants to explore and share their feelings, their fears and their doubts."

The first six-week course, on building self-confidence, begins Sept. 17.