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  1. Kids in Control: When A Parent has Mental Illness

    [Visions Article]

    Kids in Control is a psychoeducational group for children ages eight to 13. The eight-week group helps children understand their parents’ mental illness and learn how to take care of themselves. I have been facilitating this group for three years in vario ...

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  2. Talking to Children and Youth

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    When mental illness affects a family, the children–including the offspring or siblings of people with mental illness–are just as confused and scared as the adult family members. They know something is wrong. ...

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  3. Visions- Medications

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    PDF | Vol. 4, No. 2 (2007) Medications are often a double-edged sword. They can lift symptoms of mental illness or addiction so that people can feel well enough to do all the other hard work needed for recovery. But, they also present a host of complex ch ...

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  4. Using Mental Health Medications in Children and Youth

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    The use of medication for mental health problems in children and youth has skyrocketed in the last 15 years. This is an issue that alarms many people, and not without reason. ...

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  5. Bipolar Disorder: Myths and facts

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    PDF Version   PDF | More info sheets Author: Mood Disorders Association of BC   Myth: Bipolar disorder cannot be diagnosed as easily as physical illness. Fact: Bipolar disorder can be diagnosed similarly to physical illnesses. While there are no physical ...

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  6. Bipolar Disorder: Effects on the family

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    PDF Version   PDF | More info sheets Author: Mood Disorders Association of BC   Bipolar disorder is a brain disorder characterized by extreme changes in moods. It is an illness that not only affects the individual but their family and friends as well. Liv ...

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  7. Visions- Campuses

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    PDF | Vol. 4, No. 3 (2008) This issue of Visions probes beyond the sunny surface of campus life to examine some of the underlying mental health and substance use issues facing post-secondary students, practitioners and administrators. Family members, stud ...

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  8. ‘Co-ed’ Parent Group

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    As a therapist with the Canadian Mental Health Association’s Cowichan Valley Branch, Gabriele works with young people who struggle with eating disorders. She is often approached by parents interested in meeting with other parents. Early this year, in resp ...

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  9. Quality Info on Kids’ Mental Health

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    I met Dan Offord only a few times before he died in 2004. In 2003 I was hired to build public awareness for the small—but respected—research centre that would later bear his name. ...

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  10. Quality Childcare = Caring Family Support

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    When we welcome a child into a high-quality child care setting, we also welcome the child’s family. In the close and caring relationships we build with our families, we are sometimes the first community partners to see signs of distress. If a family is de ...

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