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.
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
The Schizophrenia Society of Ontario offers this four-week family education course, both in person and online.
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.
Family Outreach and Response
F.A.M.E. (Family Association for Mental Health Everywhere)
The Schizophrenia Society of Ontario
The Mood Disorders Association of Ontario
https://elizz.com/ 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.
http://www.cmha.ca/highschool/parentsH.htm 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.