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This paper dated November, 2006 is a project initiated by the Family Mental Health Alliance in Ontario with support from the Centre for Mental Health (CAMH), the Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA), and the Ontario Federation of Community Mental Health and Addiction Programs.

“This paper highlights the important role of families within the mental health and addiction system and the impact of mental health and addiction problems on families. It documents the experiences of families, describes the critical role they play and calls for increased resources for the services and self-help organizations that support them.

The well-being of families is interconnected with the well-being of consumers. When consumers are better served by the mental health and addiction system and when consumers’ needs are acknowledged and met, families benefit tremendously. Although we focus on family issues in this paper, we support consumers in their advocacy efforts for changes to the mental health system and their calls for increased funding and supports to consumers. Supporting consumers is central to supporting families.”

What I want you to know about having a parent who is mentally ill

This is an excerpt taken from an anonymous blog post at

“Having a mental illness is a lot like having a physical illness. One of the main differences to me is, since you can’t see the injury, you might think that it is easier to overcome. If someone is missing a leg you would not expect them to jump over a hurdle easily, you would not expect a person who is deaf to focus just a little harder so that they can hear you. It’s seems like it is the same way for people who are born with or develop a mental illness. It can be frustrating to live with someone, especially when they don’t take medicine that can help them cope, but even on the best days, with the right cocktail of meds, life can be paralyzing and incredibly difficult for not only them, but the people around them.”

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Young Carer Movement is on the Rise

Excerpt taken from the site

“Toiling away in silence in countless countries of the world is a veritable army of youngsters who quietly, without any fanfare, look after family members who need assistance on a daily basis. It is a labor born out of familial love, commitment and need. These youngsters – family caregivers in a very real sense – are known as ‘young carers’ in Britain, Australia, New Zealand, Canada, Zambia and various other countries.  In the USA they are called ‘caregiving youth’ or ‘youth caregivers.’ But no matter what the label, or the country, research from around the world has shown these young people comprise a specific population with a unique set of needs.”

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