A loved one’s mental health problem or illness often impacts family, friends and supporters. Caring for a person living with a mental illness often leads to emotional, physical, financial and social burdens for caregivers.
That’s why the Mental Health Commission of Canada has released National Guidelines for a Comprehensive Service System to Support Family Caregivers of Adults with Mental Health Problems and Illnesses. These guidelines seek to recognize and support family caregivers’ needs and provide evidence-based best practices and advice to policy makers and service providers. They also include recommendations that are intended to improve a caregiver’s capacity to provide the best possible care to adults living with mental illness while maintaining their own wellbeing.
Source: Mental Health Commission of Canada
This initiative is supported by AMI-Québec a non-profit organisation offering support to English-speaking communities throughout the province and helping families manage the effects of mental illness through support, education, guidance, and advocacy.