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This issue of Within Reach shares resources for families supporting a young person with a mental illness.
Substance Use and Young People: A Guide for Families and Their Caring Communities
The workbook from the Canadian Institute of Substance Use Research helps parents or caregivers talk with a young person about substance use. Learn more about substance use, reflect on your own experiences of substance use, and find strategies and skills to help you talk respectfully (even when the topic is tricky or feels uncomfortable) and build a strong, caring relationship.
The Family Toolkit from the BC Schizophrenia Society is for anyone who supports a family member that experiences a mental illness. Learn more about different mental illnesses and substance use problems, different treatment options, healthy communication skills and boundaries, how to work with the school system, and how to take care of yourself.
Family Self-Care and Recovery from Mental Illness
This workbook from the Mood Disorders Association of BC is especially helpful when a family member spends time in hospital or experiences a serious mental illness. It discusses recovery and realistic expectations of the recovery process, caregiving planning (like planning care after discharge from hospital and legal tools to ensure a loved one's care needs are met), managing difficult feelings like loss, and strategies to help the entire family work together.
What to Expect: Navigating child and youth mental health systems
FamilySmart has three info sheets to help parents and caregivers navigate different systems when a young person is diagnosed with a mental illness. Learn what to expect and what you can do to work well with a family doctor or doctor at a walk-in clinic, CYMH Services, and schools.
What to Expect from Your Family or Walk-In Clinic Doctor: www.heretohelp.bc.ca/infosheet/what-to-expect-from-your-family-or-walk-in-clinic-doctor
What to Expect from Child and Youth Mental Health (CYMH) Services: www.heretohelp.bc.ca/infosheet/what-to-expect-from-child-and-youth-mental-health-services
What to Expect from Your Child's School: www.heretohelp.bc.ca/infosheet/what-to-expect-from-your-childs-school
In the Know education and networking for parents and caregivers
In The Know is a monthly education and networking event for parents and caregivers across the province. Watch a video presentation from an expert and participate in an online discussion with other families and Parents in Residence. Visit familysmart.ca/program/itk/ to sign up! You can also watch past In the Know presentations in the ItK Library.
COVID-19 issue of Visions Journal
The COVID-19 issue of Visions Journal discusses mental health and substance use in a pandemic. British Columbians share their experiences: providing essential services, parenting, caring for a parent in long-term care, navigating homelessness. They also share the strategies and perspectives that help them live well and find balance.