At CAMH, we use the word “family” broadly, meaning a relative, partner, close friend or supportive person. CAMH provides a variety of programs and services for families of people with mental health and/or substance use disorders. Unless indicated otherwise, these services are open to families beyond CAMH.
Support Groups for Families
CAMH offers a number of support and education groups for families at our various sites, tailored to the nature of the loved one’s illness.
Families can visit the Family Resource Centre within the Office of Family Engagement to find information about mental health and addiction, important links to the hospital and the community, borrow books, use a computer, relax and let children play in a safe space. The Family Centre is located at the northeast corner of Stokes Street and Lower Ossington on the Queen Street site. For more information, click here, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or call 416 535-8501, ext. 33202.
Events of interest to Families
CAMH’s Calendar of Events includes events of special interest to families and friends. CAMH’s Education Program provides opportunities for families to learn more about mental illness and addictions.
CAMH’s Education Program provides opportunities for families to learn more about mental illness and addictions, such as the Mental Health 101 online education series.
Information and booklets for clients, families and friends
Access to accurate, reliable and impartial information is critical to cope, to be able to make informed decisions around care, treatment and recovery, and to reduce the stigma associated with addiction and mental health issues.
There are free, print-friendly PDF versions of many CAMH information brochures on mental health and addiction topics, an online A to Z reference for a wide range of reliable information add link please , and books and brochures available for purchase at the CAMH Publications online store.