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Alberta

Centre for Suicide Prevention – The Centre for Suicide Prevention (CSP) is a not for profit education centre located in Calgary, Alberta, Canada.  A branch of the Canadian Mental Health Association, CSP is an education centre with the largest English language library dedicated to the collection and dissemination of suicide prevention, intervention and postvention resources.

Families Matter – An Edmonton based support group for families who have a loved one with a mental illness created by Alberta Health Services.  This group meets on Tuesdays at the 108st building from 6:30pm – 8:30pm.  Contact the Family Support Coordinator for further information at 780-342-7700.

Parents and Friends Support Group – An Edmonton based Education Support Group for Parents, Family members & Friends who are supporting a Youth or Young Adult with a mental illness and/or addiction issue.  Begins Wednesday September 24, 2014 from 6:30pm – 8:30pm at Bill Rees YMCA 10211-105 St – Challenge by Choice (Room 2-5).  Call Barinder on 780-884-7759 for more information or to register for this group.

British Columbia 

British Columbia Schizophrenia Society – Teens in Control – The the Kids in Control (KIC) program is a program of the BC Schizophrenia Society (BCSS) that has been provided to your communities in the last few years.   The focus of the group is to help children cope with and understand their parent’s illness. Following the tremendous success of the KIC program in several communities in BC, BCSS has heard your demand for a similar program for teens to be created and offered.  We are pleased to announce that we have met your demand.

British Columbia Schizophrenia Society – The BCSS Kids in Control Support Group Program of the BC Schizophrenia Society gives information, education and support to children eight to thirteen years of age who have a parent with a serious mental illness. This program was created by the BC Schizophrenia Society.

British Columbia Schizophrenia Society – ReachOut Psychosis Concert And Education Program For Youth – The British Columbia Schizophrenia Society (BCSS) and sponsors are proud to present Reach Out, a fun and innovative tour helps youth and teachers learn to spot and stop psychosis early with music and poetry. The Reach Out tour brings education, music and poetry for youth aged 16-25 and is presented to schools across BC free of charge.

A Ulysses Agreement is a voluntary process that is used by a person that has a mental illness or mental health concern.  The plan outlines to others what they should and should not do to support the children and the parent/s. It also allows the parent to plan how their children will be cared for should they relapse and be temporally unable to care for their children.  This program is funded by South Fraser – Child and Youth Mental Health and provided by The British Columbia Schizophrenia Society and implemented by Mark Littlefield of Littlefield and Associates.  Click here for the pdf document.

The F.O.R.C.E. – We are parents whose children’s lives are touched by mental health issues.  The FORCE mandate is to support and empower families and work collaboratively with professionals and systems in understanding and meeting the mental health needs of families.

Manitoba

Manitoba Schizophrenia SocietyName That Feeling (brochure) – This program is a unique seven-week educational support group for children, ages 7-13, who have a family member with a mental illness. (Any mental illness is included) Children are taught an understanding of mental illness, which provides an opportunity for them to share emotionally and relationally with the group and facilitators.

Manitoba Schizophrenia Society – Strengthening Families Together – This 8-session national education program for family members and friends of individuals living with and recovering from serious mental illnesses aims to increase accessibility to Canadian-based information on the topics associated with living daily with a mental illness. The program is about more than education; it is about strengthening family members and friends of individuals with a serious mental illness by providing support, awareness, and tools.

Manitoba Schizophrenia Society – Family Support Group – This is an open group, for families and friends of those experiencing schizophrenia, schizo-affective disorder, and psychosis. Meets once a month, the fourth Tuesday of every month from 7:00p.m. to 9:00p.m. Call MSS at 204-786-1616 for more information.

Quebec

Association Anna et la mer (Anna and the Sea Association)The association Anna et la mer, a non-profit organization based in the province of Quebec, Canada, works to promote the health and well-being of children having a parent or a loved one suffering from mental illness.

La Fédération des familles et amis de la personne atteinte de maladie mentale (The Federation of Families and Friends of a Person who has Mental Illness) – A non-profit organization based in Quebec with the mission to organize, represent and support associations of families and friends of a person who has mental illness.

Avantdecraquer.com – A website with information and resources for people experiencing mental illness and their families and friends.

Guide indispensable – A French language PDF document created as a result of a collaboration between France and the province of Quebec to respond to frequently asked questions by friends and family of people with mental illness.