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CARING TOGETHER: FAMILIES AS PARTNERS IN THE MENTAL HEALTH AND ADDICTION SYSTEM

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.”

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