Conference-Camillo Zacchia: When love is not enough: Understanding and managing stress when a loved one has a mental illness

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Sunday, October 4th, 2015, Friends for Mental...


October 8th, 2015, for the Mental Illness...

Conference by Dr Camillo Zacchia

When love is not enough: Understanding and...

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Facing mental illness is painful for families. It undermines their ability to cope with everyday living.
Friends for Mental Health guides families towards new paths in learning to live with mental illness. We listen and counsel, we provide information and referrals, we offer self-help and respite, and we promote public awareness. Flexible and responding to changing needs, Friends for Mental Health works in collaboration with other professional mental healthcare providers. We are a non-profit, bilingual organization serving primarily the West Island of Montreal.


Upcoming Events

Oct 14, 2015 @ 6:30 pm Men's Support Group
Oct 19, 2015 @ 1:00 pm Art Therapy for Caregivers
Oct 19, 2015 @ 4:00 pm Youth Support Group
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by Andrew Thompson

One of the most difficult, harrowing, and frustrating aspects of living with a family member who has severe or chronic mental illness is often the inability of the loved one to acknowledge that they are struggling with a mental illness. Families may struggle for years or decades trying to convince their loved one to seek help or convince them that they in fact do need help. Families suffer immensely in silence and the toll can be devastating. There is little that is more emotionally taxing than seeing a loved one struggle with a severe and chronic mental illness and feeling helpless and incapable of giving them the care they need, and seeing them unable...

Caregiver’s Bill Of Rights

I have the right: 
To take care of myself. This is not an act of selfishness. It will enable me to take better care of my loved one.   I have the right: 
To seek help from others even though my loved one may object. I recognize the limits of my own endurance and strength.   I have the right: 
To maintain facets of my own life that do not include the person I care for, just as I would if he or she were healthy. I know that I do everything that I reasonably can for this person, and I have the right to do some things for myself.   I have the...

How to Say No…

Caregivers often feel at the mercy of their loved ones who are ill and unable to refuse certain favors even when the requests are exaggerated. The needs and the wishes of the loved one often conflict with those of the caregiver. The latter is a full-fledge human being with his or her own rights and needs. The caregiver can be attentive to what the loved one says and take it into account without becoming servile and submissive. The preservation of his or her self-esteem and of the quality of the relationship with the loved one depends on it. Keep in mind that before that person became ill, he or she was not always right,...

A review of “I’m not sick, I don’t need help!”

by Patricia Parker (stagiare)

In the book, I am not sick, I don’t need help, Xavier Amador discusses the experience of the individual afflicted with a mental illness. These individuals do not see themselves as being sick or of needing any help. Many family members can probably relate to the experience of knowing that their loved one is ill, even though they may not realize it themselves. How do you get through to them? How can you get them to understand what is going on so they see what you see with respect to the illness? The author of this book explains the four crucial steps required to create a good tie between you and your loved one...

Tips on communicating with a mentally ill person

by Brigitte Boulard (summer student)

By: Brigitte Boulard, summer student Communicating your needs and limits can be a challenge for anybody. Communicating with a person you know that suffers from a mental illness can definitely be challenging. Fortunately, there are many tools you can use that will help you and your loved one understand each other. The most important tool in communicating with anybody – mentally ill or not – is respect; treat the other person like you would like to be treated. Also, when someone feels respected and heard, they are more likely to be respectful and consider what the other person has to say, quid pro quo. Here are a few tips on communication that will help...