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Help For Caregivers and Family Members

When a loved one has a mental illness it causes stress. You need to look after your mental health for your own sake and for the sake of your loved one. At the beginning, especially, you will need information and support to be able to care for and give help to your affected family member.  Here you will find contact information for Family Support and Family Education Programs available to you in Toronto as well as Family Resource Guides to provide you with the information you are looking for.

Family Education

NAMI Family-to-Family Education Program

CMHA Toronto sponsors this free course of twelve classes co-taught by family members. The course is designed for family members of people who have been diagnosed with schizophrenia, major depression, bipolar illness (manic depression), panic disorder, obsessive compulsive disorder, borderline personality disorder, or who exhibit behaviours that strongly suggest one of these diagnoses.

Contact 416-789-7957 x 270

Strengthening Families Together

The Schizophrenia Society of Ontario offers this four-week family education course, both in person and online.

Contact 416-449-6830

Family Mental Health Recovery Series

The Family Outreach and Response Program, located at the Queen Street site of the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health offers this free eight-week family education series.

Contact 416-539-9449

Family Support

Family Outreach and Response
Contact 416-539-9449

F.A.M.E. (Family Association for Mental Health Everywhere)
Contact 416-207-5032

The Schizophrenia Society of Ontario
Contact 416-449-6830

The Mood Disorders Association of Ontario

Helpful Links Chances are, you know a family caregiver. Or you are one yourself. One out of every four Canadians today devotes significant time, energy and resources to caring for an aging parent or someone with long-term health needs. But who is caring for the caregiver? Saint Elizabeth, Canada’s largest social enterprise, today is launching Elizz, a breakthrough new brand dedicated to all things caregiving. Elizz is designed to arm caregivers with the support and tools they need to better care for their family members – and themselves. This website is a tool for parents to help them better understand the ways that mental health problems can impact teens’ lives and learning. The content of the site is based on the input of parents who have “been there” as well as the expertise of mental health and education professionals.

Here to Help BC: Family Toolkit

Caring Together: Families as Partners in the Mental Health and Addiction System.

Working together towards recovery: A Toolkit for Consumers, Families and Caregivers.

Resource Guides

Understanding, Support and Self-Care: A Resource Manual for Family Members

Rays of Hope – Learning About Schizophrenia

Being There – When Mental Illness Strikes Someone Near You

Challenges and Choices

A Siblings Guide To Psychosis

Justice Process-Family Guide



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