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.

First module March 14th, from 6-8:30 pm.  Modules will continue throughout the year.

Program Details

March 14Self-Care: Caring for the Caregiver
April 11Major Mental Illness: Schizophrenia, Bipolar Disorder, Anxiety, OCD
May 9Addictions and Concurrent Disorders
June 13Navigating the Mental Health Resources – Vernon
July 11Mental Health – Risk Management
August 8Mental Illness and Substance Use: Communication, Stigma and Advocacy
September 12Self-Care: Caring for the Caregiver
October 10Major Mental Illness: Schizophrenia, Bipolar Disorder, Anxiety, OCD
November 14Addictions and Concurrent Disorders

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 6:30 – 8:30 pm

All Services and Programs Are Free

Not sure if a program is right for you?
Call us at 250-260-3233