HELPING CANADIANS LIVE WITH MENTAL ILLNESS
STRENGTHENING FAMILIES TOGETHER
This course is about more than education. Its about strengthening family members and friends of individuals with a serious mental illness by providing support, awareness and tools.
Families have an opportunity to discuss the daily challenges they face and learn how to connect with others through a membership in their local provincial society.
Giving families the real scoop about mental illness, treatment options, causes, research and mental health services available in the hopes of diminishing the stigma attached to diagnosis.
Equipping family members with tools like: problem solving, coping and communication skills, advocacy, and the know-how to join in and/or develop their own local support group.
EDUCATION FOR FAMILIES
Session 1: What is Mental Illness?
Mental Illness in Canada, Psychosis and Stigma
How is Mental Illness Diagnosed?
Where can you go for help?
Articles: Voices from the Shadows and Mental Illness - Chinese Style
Session 2: Facts about psychosis
The basics of psychosis
Psychosis and caregivers
Activity: The Voices, Life Still Happens, Even With Schizophrenia, and Susan's Cello
Session 3: Mood and Anxiety Disorders
Causes and treatment
Session 4: Coping as a Family
Exploring the issues families face
Managing symptoms at home; what can families and friends do?
Supporting a medication plan
Helpful hints for family members working with service providers
Session 5: Self-care
Building support systems
Self care plan
Session 6: Communication
Session 7: Living with psychosis
Tips for daily living
Session 8: Recovery
Understanding recovery from a mental illness
Session 9: Understanding the Mental Health System
The basics of the Canadian mental health system
Role of families and friends in the system
Advocacy: what can families and friends do? The Advocacy Toolkit.
Session 10: Wrap Up and Celebration
OTHER TOPICS PRESENTED
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