Mental illness has become more socially recognized and accepted. Many celebrities and professionals have come forward to share their personal stories about suffering from mental illness.
The Canadian Government
The Canadian government has recognized that mental health illness in families requires a lot of support. This is why the Canadian government established the Family Outreach and Response Program in Toronto. There are several organizations set up across Ontario to help families and caregivers gain the support they require. Below, you will find a list of organizations and how they help support families and caregivers in recovery-oriented mental health programs.
The Family Association for Mental Health Everywhere (FAME)
This organization provides resources, coping strategies and education to families who are dealing with any mental illness.
Parents for Children’s Mental Health (PCMH)
This organization provides connections within communities for families dealing with child and youth mental health illnesses. They can connect with other families who are experiencing some of the same difficulties and provide support for one another. This organization also ensures the child or youth has access to the care that they require.
The Mood Disorders Association of Ontario
This association has chapters located across Ontario, which provide self-help, peer-based support groups. Support groups are offered solely for the patient suffering from mental illness, while other groups may also include family members as well.
The NAMI Family-to-Family Education Program
This program offers a 12-week course for family caregivers who are providing care and support for family members who have severe mental illnesses. The course is free of charge.
The Schizophrenia Society
The Schizophrenia Society has many local chapters. They offer family members of those dealing with mental illness and schizophrenia, self-help support groups.
Many community agencies, hospitals, and medical clinics also provide programs to meet their local community needs. Understanding the illness itself is imperative.