Reprinted from "Families" issue of Visions Journal, 2013, 8 (3), p.36
Family Toolkit from HeretoHelp
A guide for family members and loved ones. Learn more about mental illnesses, strategies to support someone’s recovery, skills to help you and your loved one communicate and solve problems effectively and self-care strategies to support your own health. To learn more, visit www.heretohelp.bc.ca.
Resources from the BC Schizophrenia Society
- Family Support and Education Events Calendar: www.bcss.org/events-calendar-page/
A province-wide list of family support groups and family education opportunities.
- Online Support Groups for Family and Friends: www.reachingfamiliesproject.org
An online forum for family members and friends. Connect with others, seek support and share your experiences.
- Hospital Discharge Checklist: www.bcss.org/resources/topics-by-audience/family-friends/2007/05/hospital-discharge-checklist/
- Understanding and Coping with Mental Illness… 14 Principles for Family Members: www.bcss.org/wp-content/uploads/14-Principles-for-Families.pdf
- Advocating for your relative (and yourself)—Dos and Don’ts: www.bcss.org/resources/topics-by-audience/family-friends/2005/05/dos-and-donts/
FORCE Society for Kids' Mental Health's Families Matter: A Framework for Family Mental Health in British Columbia
A planning resource for policy makers, service providers, advocates, and families in BC. Families Matter looks at mental health from a health promotion perspective and advocates for services that support the whole family. to learn more, visit www.forcesociety.org.
Coping Kit from From Grief to Action
A toolkit for parents or caregivers who are dealing with a son or daughter’s substance use. Find information and useful tips and strategies from parents who have been there at www.heretohelp.bc.ca.
Kelty Mental Health
BC resources for parents and caregivers of children and youth. The Help Finder describes different people in the mental health system and how they can help. Some resources in French, Farsi, Punjabi, Chinese (Simplified and Traditional), and Korean. To learn more, visit www.keltymentalhealth.ca or call 1-800-665-1822 (toll-free) or 604-875-2084 (in the Lower Mainland).
Rethink Mental Illness: Siblings Network
A UK-based support network specifically for brothers and sisters. You’ll find fact sheets, videos, toolkits, and personal stories. They also have information for young siblings and adult siblings. To learn more, visit www.rethink.org.
Children of Parents with Mental Illness (COPMI)
An Australian resource for children, youth and family members of parents who experience a mental illness. Parents who experience a mental illness can also learn more on talking about mental illness with their family. to learn more, visit www.copmi.net.au. Policy-makers and services providers may also be interesting in a BC resource, Parental Mental Illness, at www.parentalmentalillness.org.
This list is not comprehensive and does not imply endorsement of resources.