Family Education and Support

The stress of caring for someone with a serious mental illness can be overwhelming.

It is common to feel a wide range of emotions such as fear, shame, anger, helplessness, resentment, sadness, depression and guilt.

If you are the main caregiver it's important to take care of yourself. Below is a connection to current information, empowerment and support.

Things to remember about caring for someone with mental illness

  • Knowledge is power and helps expose myths we may have about serious mental illness while reducing the stigma you may be feeling

  • The more you know about serious mental illness, the better prepared you will be to cope with caring for your family member

  • It's important to be aware of resources that are available in your community that can help you and your family member get as much help as possible

In Niagara, 20 per cent of adults will experience a mental illness at some point in their life and family and friends will become their major caregivers. The education of family and friends reduces relapse by 50 per cent (Family Support Network).

Caregiver Resources

Canadian Mental Health Association Niagara

Centre for Addiction and Mental Health

Community Addiction Services Niagara

Early Psychosis Intervention Network of Ontario

Family Support Network of Niagara

Mood Disorders Association of Ontario

Ottawa Public Health

Schizophrenia Society of Ontario

St. Joseph's Healthcare Hamilton Family Resource Centre

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