As one in four individuals will experience a mental illness at some point in their lifetime, countless families are touched by mental illness. The Journeying Together Program provides support to family members and caregivers of people with mental illness. There are three components of this program:
Family Education and Support Worker
The Family Education and Support worker is able to provide 3-5 sessions of individual support to caregivers.
Referral to community resources
Education on mental illness and the mental health system
Skill development for improved coping, communication and problem solving
This program also offers an 8-week educational support group in a relaxed and non-judgmental atmosphere.
Navigation the mental health system
Developing a Crisis Plan
Local community resources
On-Going Monthly Groups
After the caregivers have participated in the 8-week group, they have the option to attend an ongoing monthly group for peer support.
“Caregiver Bill of Rights”
You have the right to:
Determine what recovery means to you
Take care of yourself
Express uncomfortable feelings
Judge your own decision and behaviours and feel comfortable with the way you are handling the situation
Explore options and respect your choices