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
Family-Centred Care Initiative
Family members are important partners in treatment at CAMH. The Family-Centred Care Initiative involves families in client care, develops and improves professional services for families, and supports families in helping each other.
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.
Family Resource Centre
Open Monday-Thursday and staffed by experienced volunteers who provide emotional support, understanding, education, coping strategies, and opportunities to meet with other family members. A collaboration between The Family Council and CAMH, the Family Resource Centre publishes the Family Resource Manual for the GTA and for Simcoe County.
The Family Council is a non-profit organization, which has board of directors made up of family members of those who have experienced mental health and addiction issues. The Family Council believes families are critically important to an individual’s healing from mental health and addiction problems and that families have their own unique needs for services and support.
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.