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A reminder that this article from our magazine Visions was published more than 1 year ago. It is here for reference only. Some information in it may no longer be current. It also represents the point of the view of the author only. See the author box at the bottom of the article for more about the contributor.


Reprinted from "Couples" issue of Visions Journal, 2015, 10 (4), p. 40

Family Self-Care and Recovery from Mental Illness workbook
This workbook helps family members, loved ones, spouses, and caregivers take care of their own health and wellness while they support someone who experiences a mental illness. Learn how you can support recovery, plan for the future, cope with your own feelings and frustrations, set boundaries, and build relationships.

Spouses Handbook
This workbook supports spouses or partners who are supporting someone with schizophrenia. You’ll learn what it might be like to live with a mental illness and how you, as a loved one, might feel. You’ll also find strategies to help you improve communication skills, solve problems, set boundaries, and manage disruptive behaviour.

Sexuality, Intimacy and Relationships issue of Visions Journal
This issue of Visions Journal explores sexuality, intimacy, and relationships from perspectives of people who experience mental illnesses, partners and loved ones, and health professionals. The issue also discusses barriers to intimacy and sexual side effects of medications.

Children’s Mental Health Research Quarterly: Promoting healthy dating relationships and click on Volume 7, Number 1.
From SFU’s Child Policy Centre, the Winter 2013 issue of The Quarterly explores intimacy and relationships, and evaluates different healthy relationships programs and resources for young people.

BC Association for Marriage and Family Therapy
The BC Association for Marriage and Family Therapy represents Registered Marriage and Family Therapists in BC.

BC Schizophrenia Society: Family Support calendar |
The BC Schizophrenia Society maintains a calendar of family and caregiver support groups and education events in and around the province.

Mood Disorders Association of BC: Family groups
The Mood Disorders Association of BC offers several support groups for family members and caregivers, including spouses.

Pacific Post Partum Society: Supports for partners
Pacific Post Partum Society offers telephone support and Partner and Couple Information Sessions for dads and same-sex partners who are supporting a new mom experiencing postpartum depression or anxiety. You can reach the phone support line at 1-855-255-7999 or 604-255-7999 (Monday to Friday, 10.00am – 3.00pm).

Self-care guides for expecting and new moms
The BC Reproductive Mental Health Program has self-care guides for Aboriginal women and women who experience depression or anxiety during pregnancy or after birth. Each self-care guide includes a section with helpful information for partners and family members who are supporting a new mom.


This list is not comprehensive and does not imply endorsement of resources.

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