Mental illnesses and substance use problems affect the entire family. When a parent is ill, others wonder if they are capable of caring for their family. When a child has a mental illness or substance use problem, others judge and blame the parents—what did they do to cause this? Adult children may have to navigate caregiving in systems that don’t always recognize mental health and substance use problems among older adults. Current health systems focus on the individual, excluding family members or simply avoiding those questions altogether. There is an alternative: family-centred care. If mental illnesses and substance use problems affect the entire family, then the entire family also needs support and understanding.
The Big Picture
Is it a Case of—the More Things Change, the More They Stay the Same?
(Robert Lees, Ed.D, R.Psych)
Shame, Blame and Stigma Towards Families
Stories + Strategies
Becoming the Father I Never Had
Thrive: A supportive network for family and friend caregivers of older adults who use substances or alcohol
(Michee-Ana Hamilton, MSc and Jan Klimas, MSc, PhD, C.Psychol., Ps.S.I)
Navigating Motherhood: Where is the instruction manual?
Battling the Body Blues: Parents and youth
(Elvira Chan, BA Comm and Joanna Zelichowska, MA, RCC)
Can We Cork the Wine Memes for Good?
Connecting Families and Communities Through Conversation
(Mahboubeh Asgari, PhD)
Our Two Biggest Fears
Looking Ahead: Housing as a Human Right
Supported Housing: A promising intervention to address mental health issues
(Karen Lok Yi Wong, MA, MSW, RSW)