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Family / Supporter Resource Information Message

September 28th 2017

Cognitive Remediation: Reducing the Cognitive Impacts of Mental Illness For some families, it is not immediately apparent that problems with cognition are a normal symptom of some mental illnesses. In addition to positive and negative symptoms, a person living with schizophrenia or psychosis may experience difficulties with thinking skills used for learning and carrying out daily tasks – cognitive problems that didn’t exist before the onset of the mental illness. Many areas of cognition can be impacted by mental illnes ...Continue Reading

Family / Supporter Resource Information Back to School: Supporting Young People Living with Mental Illness

September 15th 2017

Back to School: Supporting Young People Living with Mental Illness With the start of September, young people across the province are returning to school. For many young people, going back to school is a time of anticipation and excitement, for others, returning to school brings anxiety and stress. Nearly 1 in 4 young people in Canada between the ages of 9-19 live with a mental illness, and for them a new school year can mean difficulties with school work and friendships, making it more difficult to “fit in.” Fortunatel ...Continue Reading

Family / Supporter Resource Information Wildfires and Mental Health: Managing Mental Health in Times of Crisis

August 15th 2017

Wildfires and Mental Health: Managing Mental Health in Times of Crisis Every year, B.C. wildfires leave a wake of physical destruction and emotional stress. Tens of thousands of people are uprooted from their daily routines and thrown into a state of chaos. With wildfires continuing to burn across the province, many people who have been evacuated so far this year are still unable to return their homes, communities and support systems. Residents across the province have generously opened up their homes and towns to help ...Continue Reading

Family / Supporter Resource Information One Stop Family Resources

March 29th 2017

Resources for family supporters and caregivers of persions with mental illness do exist, but can be hard to find.  Here are a selection of good resources: Finding Help The Family Navigation Tool asks family members to select one of several common situations and then provides a list of resources specific to your town and situation. You can also select to be followed up with by a family educator from the BC Schizophrenia Society. This resource is available to persons supporting a loved one with any mental illne ...Continue Reading

Family / Supporter Resource Information Supported Housing, Resources in French

March 1st 2017

Supported Housing If your loved one has a serious and persistent mental illness, they may need help to find housing that works for them, and extra services to help them live well. Supported housing is the term for this type of housing. HereToHelp's has put together an entire magazine on supported housing, what it is, what resources exist and what experience families and persons with mental illness have to share around supportive housing. Check out this excellent resource here. Resources in French Do you have a family ...Continue Reading

Family / Supporter Resource Information: Eating Disorders

January 30th 2017

What to do when someone you love has an eating disorder "It is not easy to watch your child do damage to their health - especially when the solution appears, at least on the outside, to be simple. Eating disorders are not simple. They are not only about food or weight. So what can you do when you suspect that your child may have an eating disorder? Knowing the first steps to take and how to approach the situation can make a huge difference." - Parents Survive to Thrive Guide. This month's family newsletter ...Continue Reading

Family / Supporter Resource Information - Finding services for your loved one

December 20th 2016

Email not displaying correctly/? Click here to view it in your browser. Finding Services for your loved one Finding services for your loved one can be challenging. It's hard to know where to begin sometimes and to know what is available. Sometimes services you might expect to exist are not available or are not called what you think, and sometimes great programs and services are available but hard to find. This month we are going to look at services that help you find what you need, and how to ...Continue Reading

Family / Supporter Resource Information What do do when your loved one lacks insight

November 14th 2016

Email not displaying correctly/? Click here to view it in your browser. What if your loved one lacks insight? This month's newsletter provides helpful tools for a situation many family members of persons with schizophrenia and bipolar disorder experience - what do you do if your loved one is very ill but is unable to see that? What do you do if they are clearly very ill but do not think they need medical treatment? How can family members help? About Anosognosia or Lack of Insight Anosog ...Continue Reading

Information for Parents of Children and Youth with a Mental Illness

October 17th 2016

Email not displaying correctly/? Click here to view it in your browser. Information for Parents of Children and Youth with a Mental Illness New Videos on how the Child and Youth Mental Health System in BC Works When a child or youth is experiencing a mental health challenge, it can be difficult to know where to get help or who to talk to. These two videos provide families helpful information on where to start. Opportunity for Parents and Caregivers to Give Feedback on Improving Federal ...Continue Reading

Family / Supporter Resource Information Education for Families

September 12th 2016

Email not displaying correctly/? Click here to view it in your browser. Information when someone you love has a serious mental illness When someone you love is diagnosed with a serious mental illness such as schizophrenia or bipolar disorder there can be a steep learning curve to understand what these illnesses are, what treatment is available and the various systems in place to help your family. Here are some resources that can help. Strengthening Families Together Course Looking for ...Continue Reading

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