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  1. Family Members Need Social Support

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    Family members are sometimes worried their entire family will be judged or discriminated against if people know one of their members has a mental illness. Keeping this concern to themselves can mean that these family members may be cut off from the social ...

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  2. Eating Disorders and Social Support

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    “In the process of recovery from physical or emotional illness, addiction, and specifically eating disorders, social support is the very ‘cradle’ in which recovery takes place.” 1 With eating disorders, the cradle metaphor is very apt. The love and suppor ...

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  3. Visions- Borderline Personality Disorder

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    This issue of Visions explores borderline personality disorder (BPD). The term “borderline” comes from early researchers who felt that people were “on the borderline” of psychosis and neuroses like anxiety and depression. ...

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  4. From Anger to Compassion

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    Valerie Porr understands pain. When one of her family members was diagnosed with borderline personality disorder (BPD) in 1990, Porr was very confused and upset by the diagnosis. At that time, she found little information about this mental disorder or how ...

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  5. Visions- Income

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    According to the Public Health Agency of Canada, social and economic status may be the most important determinants of health—that is, the most important factor that contributes to (or takes away from) your health. Your economic situation may have a greate ...

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  6. Cannabis Use and Youth: A parent's guide

      PDF | More info sheets Author: Canadian Institute for Substance Use Research   Everywhere you turn today, it seems somebody is talking about cannabis. ...

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  7. What is suicide?

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    PDF Version   PDF | Rack card | More from the Plainer Language Series | Listen on SoundCloud   Suicide means ending your own life. It is sometimes a way for people to escape pain or suffering. When someone ends their own life, we say that they “died by su ...

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  8. 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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  9. 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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  10. 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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