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 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.


SUPPORT

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.


AWARENESS

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.


TOOLS

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

COURSE OUTLINE

  • ​Session 1: What is Mental Illness?

    • ​Mental Illness in Canada, Psychosis and Stigma

    • How is Mental Illness Diagnosed?

    • Bio-psychosocial

    • 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

    • Early intervention

      • Activity: The Voices, Life Still Happens, Even With Schizophrenia, and Susan's Cello

  • Session 3: Mood and Anxiety Disorders

    • ​Causes and treatment

    • Preventing relapse

  • ​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

    • ​Understanding self-care

    • Building support systems

    • Self care plan

  • Session 6: Communication

    • ​Communication presentation

    • Communication exercise

  • Session 7: Living with psychosis

    • Tips for daily living

    • Preventing relapse

    • Crisis intervention

  • Session 8: Recovery

    • Understanding recovery from a mental illness

    • Recovery journey

  • 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


  • What is clinical depression?
  • What is bipolar disorder?
  • What is anxiety disorder?
  • What is obsessive compulsive disorder?
  • Concurrent Disorder, Addiction, and How Do Drugs and Alcohol Affect the Body?
  • What is the impact of concurrent disorder on the individual and the family?
  • What are the warning signs of concurrent disorder?
  • Mental Illness and the Criminal Justice System



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