Reprinted from "Families and Crisis" issue of Visions Journal, 2017, 12 (4), p. 40
BC Schizophrenia Society family resources
An organization helping family members for any serious mental illness. Find the family support calendar for support groups around BC, Strengthening Families Together course, and more resources for families.
FamilySmart, Institute of Families for Child and Youth Mental Health
A BC organization that supports parents, caregivers, and other family members who support a young person with a mental illness. Find local and provincial Parents in Residence and Youth in Residence peers to help you navigate health systems, find the monthly ‘in the know’ webinar series, and more.
Child and Youth Mental Health Collaborative
An initiative that brings together parents and caregivers, families, schools, health professionals, community partners, and everyone who supports child and youth mental health in BC. Learn how to join your Local Action Team, find local initiatives, and find resources.
How You Can Help: A Toolkit for Families
Developed by the BC Schizophrenia Society and FORCE Society (now Institute of Families). Learn more about mental illnesses, how to support adults and young people through recovery, how to work well as a family and take care of yourself, and how to work with schools.
Family Self-Care and Recovery from Mental Illness
Developed by the Mood Disorders Association of BC. This toolkit helps caregivers care for themselves. Learn about caregiving planning tools like discharge planning and advance planning and find strategies to help you stay well.
FGTA’s Coping Kit
Developed by From Grief to Action. Learn how families can cope with substance use, minimize harms, seek help, and manage difficult situations, thoughts, and feelings that come up when you’re concerned about a family member’s use of alcohol or other drugs.
Overcoming Borderline Personality Disorder: A Family Guide for Healing and Change
Valerie Porr, Oxford University Press
A hopeful guide for families learning to build relationships with a loved one diagnosed with borderline personality disorder, but it’s useful for any mental illness that affects relationships. Learn skills based in dialectical behaviour therapy.
Guide to the Mental Health Act
Information on voluntary and involuntary admissions under BC’s Mental Health Act.
Quick resources for families
BC Mental Health Support Line at 310-6789 (no area code needed, available 24/7)
Kelty Mental Health Resource Centre at www.keltymentalhealth.ca or 1-800-665-1822
Interior Region Family Navigators from CMHA at www.bcfamilynavigator.com
Support and navigation by email from HeretoHelp at email@example.com