One in five Canadians (six million persons) will experience mental illness during their lifetime. The Mental Wellness Centre Family Support program provides education and support to understand the specific illness in the family and to develop coping tools to maintain the personal well-being of the support person. The course funding is provided by Interior Health Authority.
Strengthening Families Together is a course for adults supporting a person with any mental health concern. Developed by the Schizophrenia Society of Canada, Strengthening Families Together grew out of the strong belief that Canadians have a right to consistent educational information on serious mental illnesses regardless of where they reside. Topics include schizophrenia and mood disorders, treatment options, living with mental illness, understanding the mental health system, mental illness, addictions and the criminal justice system, coping as a family, advocacy and support. Experienced family members teach the course.
The course will be offered over five Saturdays from April 27 to June 1 (except May 18) from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. (lunch provided). Register by calling 250-493-7338.