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’s Family Outreach & Response Program (FOR) provides recovery oriented support to people who care about someone experiencing a mental health issue. Supportive counselling and group programming is available.
Help Ahead is a one-stop-shop referral service for infants, children and youth up to 18 years old and their families in Toronto to find and get the mental health help. If you are a parent or caregiver worried about an infant or child in your care, call us at 1-866-585-6486 and we can connect you to the right supports in your community as efficiently and as quickly as possible.
NAMI Education Program
CMHA Toronto sponsors this free course of 11 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 3035
Strengthening Families Together
The Schizophrenia Society of Ontario offers this four-week family education course, both in person and online.
CMHA Toronto’s Family Outreach and Response
Contact 416-789-7957 x 3329
F.A.M.E. (Family Association for Mental Health Everywhere)
The Schizophrenia Society of Ontario
The Mood Disorders Association of Ontario
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