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  1. How Families Can Help in Self-Management of a Mental Disorder

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    Nicole Chovil, PhD Reprinted from "Self-Management" issue of Visions Journal, 2003, 1 (18), pp. 7-8 Families of people with serious mental disorders can be an invaluable source of support in management of mental disorders. Many people with serio ...

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  2. Editor's Message: Families

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    There are different layers to Sarah’s experiences with family support, but ultimately, unconditional love was her best medicine. This issue of Visions is for everyone—your family includes the people you care about and support, not just your biological fam ...

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  3. Putting the Family in the Picture

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    Families are vital for support in recovery from mental illnesses. Family members are usually the ones contacting services providers, providing information about symptoms, monitoring treatment plans and watching for early signs of relapse. Research shows t ...

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  4. What Would a Family-Centred Mental Health and Substance Use Care System Look Like?

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    If our mental health and substance use care system had families at its centre, what would it look like? As participants in a forum hosted by the Health Minds/Healthy People Directorate shared their experiences and reflected on other’s stories, it became c ...

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  5. The Blame Game

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    When a child is diagnosed with a mental illness, many parents want to know if it’s their fault or if they passed on “bad genes.” Many families don’t want to ask these uncomfortable questions, and unanswered questions can take a real toll on the family. Of ...

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  6. Practitioners and Family Members

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    Families can play an important role in recovery and well-being, but it’s important to recognize different tensions. Family members may be blamed by practitioners, may not receive information from service providers, or may not agree with practitioners over ...

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  7. Resilient Kids—How Can Parents Help?

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    Resiliency is key to well-being. It’s what helps us effectively cope with challenges in life—from dealing with conflict to learning how to refuse a drink. Parents can help children develop self-efficacy, one of the building blocks of resiliency. It teache ...

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  8. Is It Ever Too Early to Talk About Disordered Eating?

    [Visions Article]

    Even very young children understand cues around body image. Family FUNdamentals, a program from Jessie’s Legacy at Family Services of the North Shore, supports strong, healthy family relationships. The programs helps families build a solid foundation arou ...

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  9. The FORCE Society

    [Visions Article]

    Parents in Residence don’t advocate for families­. Instead, they give families the tools and supports to speak for themselves. They help families navigate care systems, identify and work towards goals, build good relationships with services providers, and ...

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  10. Parents Forever

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    Parents Together, a program to help parents with a child’s difficult behaviour, saved Frances’ life and her marriage. But what if one of those difficult behaviours was drug use? Frances thought that the Parents Together model could help parents whose adul ...

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