Families Coping with Mental Illness:
A Learning Series

As family members, we have many unique challenges to face in supporting the ones we love.  Come and find the support you deserve and the information that can help you through your personal journey.

Our new series, Families Coping with Mental Illness consists of 6 modules:

  1. Self-Care: Caring for the Caregiver
  2. Major Mental Illness: Schizophrenia, Bipolar Disorder, Anxiety, OCD
  3. Addictions and Concurrent Disorders
  4. Navigating the Mental Health Resources – Vernon
  5. Mental Health – Risk Management
  6. Mental Illness and Substance Use:  Communication,  Stigma and Advocacy

The series curriculum is adapted from BC Schizophrenia’s Family Series:  Strengthening Families Together.


Program Details

This series offers:

  • Support: Families have an opportunity to discuss the daily challenges they face and learn how to connect with others through membership in their local provincial society and chapter/branch.
  • Awareness: Families get reliable and consistent information about mental illness, treatment options, causes, research, and available mental health services, in the hopes of diminishing the stigma attached to diagnosis.
  • Tools: Families are equipped with problem solving, coping, and advocacy and communication skills.

All modules include handouts, a Powerpoint presentation, community speakers, videos and interactive exercises.

There is an opportunity to ask questions related to your own personal family experience around mental illness and / or substance use issues and have your questions answered by a professional.

Families Coping with Mental Illness Series

Vernon Public Library — 2800 30th Ave.

From 6-8 pm

Future Dates:

January 9- Substance Use & Concurrent Disorders

February 13- Navigating the Mental Health System

March 13- Risk Management & Crisis Planning

April 10- Communication, Advocacy & Stigma

May 8- Self Care for Caregivers

June 12- Major Mental Illnesses

September 11- Substance Use & Concurrent Disorders

October 9- Navigating The Mental Health System

November 13- Risk Management & Crisis Planning


Module 1: Self-Care: Caring for the Caregiver

A link to Dan Siegel: Me + We = mwe:        https://youtu.be/uo8Yo4UE6g0

Module 3: Addictions and Concurrent Disorders

Module 5: Mental Health – Risk Management

Module 6: Mental Illness and Substance Use: Communication, Stigma and Advocacy

All Services and Programs Are Free

Not sure if a program is right for you?
Phone: 250-260-3233 or Email: manager@mifsc.ca