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PDF | Vol. 2, No. 2 (2004)

Parenting can be one of the most rewarding roles any of us have in life—and this is no different for people with mental disorders. This volume focuses mostly on parents with mental illness from a number of different points of view—the parents themselves, their children, child protection workers, and service providers in the mental health and addictions fields from the adult and child/youth services. The overall theme is one of supporting the whole family, nurturing strengths, and planning ahead for crises.


  • Editor's Message
    (Eric Macnaughton)

  • We've Come a Way, But Not Far Enough:Supporting families with parental mental illness
    (Rob Lees)

  • The Experiences of Parents with Mental Illness: Background issues for consideration (Supporting Families with Parental Mental Illness Provincial Working Group)

  • When a Parent is Hospitalized for Treatment of a Mental Illness: A research project examining a child's perspective
    (Hylda Gryba)

  • Discrimination Against Parents with Mental Illness and their Families: Changing attitudes, opening minds
    (Sarah Hamid-Balma)

  • Mothering Under Duress: In/visibility of mothers with mental illness
    (Marina Morrow)

  • Women with Mental Illness are Still Losing their Children
    (Jirina Judas)

  • Life in the Pressure Cooker: Parenting while coping with a disability
    (Virginia J. Ross)

  • Elizabeth Ando's Nightmare: One mother's obsessive cleaning almost cost her everything
    (Mark Hume)

Experiences and Perspectives

  • From Experiences to Actions: My life as a consumer single mom
    (Dawn Brossard)

  • A Parent's Point of View
    (Hazel Gillespie)

  • Parenting and Social Work: A route to recovery
    (Kathryn Lestage)

  • Isabel's Story

  • Fatherhood, Mental Illness and the River of Humankind
    (Bruce Saunders)

  • Guilt: The mother of all feelings
    (Victoria Maxwell)

  • Quirks and Glitches
    (Ula-Erin Chauvet)

  • Growing Up with Mental Illness
    (Monica Alfreds)

  • A Tale of Dysfunctional Child-rearing
    (Frank G. Sterle, Jr.)

  • Caring for the Aged: The Patient | The Caregiver

  • A Sibling's Story
    (From Grief to Action member)

Alternatives and Approaches

  • Programs for Families with Parental Mental Illness: Results of a US National Survey
    (Joanne Nicholson, et al)

  • From Little Things, Big Things Grow: A decade of Australian achievements for children of parents with mental illness and their families
    (Vicki Cowling)

  • Working Together with Parents with Mental Illness to Maintain their Child's Mental Health
    (Sharon Van Volkingburgh)

  • Early Intervention and the Needs of Offspring
    (Eric Macnaughton)

  • Talking to Children and Youth: When it's time to discuss a family member's mental illness or alcohol/drug problem
    (Nicole Chovil)

  • Lasting Impressions Program: A partnership program for families
    (Canadian Mental Health Association, Calgary Region; and Hull Child and Family Services)

  • A Clinic for Women with Schizophrenia: Building skills for life and parenthood
    (Jennifer Quan)

  • Landing a Mars Lander

  • When Bliss Turns into Blues
    (Deirdre Ryan and Doris Bodnar)

Regional Programs

  • Supporting Families with Parental Mental Illness Manual: A training tool for communities to organize services to support families
    (Rob Lees et al)

  • Post Partum Support Services: A mental health services program in the Thompson Cariboo Shuswap Health Service Area
    (Kerry McLean Small)

  • Cross Cultural Perspective and Issues with Families Experiencing Mental Illness
    (H. Picku Multani)

  • Supporting Vancouver Families through Collegial Education of Professionals: The Parenting and Mental Health Committee
    (Ruth Hess-Dolgin)

  • The Super Saturday Club: Social and Leisure Fun for Kids Living with Parental Mental Illness
    (Jeri-Lyn Ratzlaff)

  • Kids in Control
    (Hylda Gryba and Nicole Chovil)

  • Advice to Parents From a Child Protection Worker
    (Eric Macnaughton)

  • Parenting Well When You're Depressed: A complete resource for maintaining a healthy family [book review]
    (Lyne Brindamour)

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