The goal of the Caregiver Support Program is to help family members cope with all types of mental illness; to share frustrations, concerns and heartaches and to develop skills to cope with the challenges. Counselling is also offered to provide the necessary strategies, supports and referrals to family members as necessary.
Family Education Series
Family Education is offered two times annually and consists of six 1 hour sessions. Topics include:
- overview of mental health diagnosis and symptoms
- setting and keeping healthy boundaries
- stress and self care
- communication strategies
- mental health and legal information
- wellness and recovery planning
Information and Supportive Counselling
We provide support for loved ones who need to talk and share frustrations and concerns. We also provide strategies for communication and coping with stress. We can provide appropriate referrals to community partners as needed and have many resources, including educational and general.
Bipolar Disorder Family Education/Support Program
Families of people diagnosed with depression or bipolar disorder face unique challenges and situations. Partners, parents, siblings, friends struggle with providing emotional and practical support to their loved one, in addition to dealing with their own daily stress. In order to support the special role of partners and relatives, the Canadian Mental Health Association – Sault Ste. Marie Branch offers an eight week support and education group. As these groups are designed to meet the unique needs of relatives and caregivers, the diagnosed relative does not attend. Each Group Series runs for eight consecutive weeks. The sessions are approximately 90 minutes in length. Sessions cover such topics as:
- Understanding mood disorders
- Medications and treatments
- Stress management for caregivers
- Crisis intervention
- Problem management
- Legal issues
- Navigating the mental health system
- Community resources
Please see our Events section for the next offered course and registration.
For more information please call Central Access and Information at 705-759-5989.