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PDF | Vol. 8, No. 3 (2013)

Families and family relationships can be complicated at the best of times. Add mental illness or substance use, and it can be difficult to figure out where to turn. How does caregiving affect your relationship with a loved one? How do you support a child when you can’t tolerate their behaviour? How might parents who experience a mental illness maintain their own wellness? These are just a few of the questions that writers in this issue cover. Through all of the challenges, you’ll see the amazing potential of family support. We also need to acknowledge the efforts, perseverance and hope that family members contribute to the health care system. When families are afforded respect and the right resources and supports, it can transform the way we think about health care.


  • Editor's Message
    (Sarah Hamid-Balma)

  • Putting the Family in the Picture: A best practice
    (Jane Duval and Nichola Malim Hall)

  • What Would a Family-Centred Mental Health and Substance Use Care System Look Like?
    (Jonny Morris)

  • The Blame Game: It is my fault? Did I cause it?
    (Angela Inglis, MSc, and Jehannine Austin, PhD)

  • Practitioners and Family Members: Points of disagreement
    (Simon Davis)

Experiences and Perspectives

  • Learning to Swim When My Daughter is Drowning
    (Gail Windsor)

  • Autumn Leaves on the Family Tree
    (Winter Hammell)

  • The Mom I Never Knew
    (Debbie P)

  • A Tainted Son: And the redeeming power of a grandmother’s love

Alternatives and Approaches

  • Resilient Kids—How Can Parents Help?
    (Dan Reist)

  • Is It Ever Too Early to Talk About Disordered Eating?
    (Mimi Hudson, MA, RCC, and Dawn Livera, BSc)

  • The FORCE Society: Empowering families
    (Karen Copeland)

  • Mental Wellness Parenting Program
    (Karin Rai, MA)

  • Parents Forever: Hope for families affected by substance abuse
    (Frances Kenny)

  • BC Schizophrenia Society—Strengthening Families Together
    (Sharon Evans, RPN, ADPN, BSPN)


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