How to better cope

Assertiveness for the Caregiver

Facing Mental Illness:Suggestions For Couples

Having Good Mental Health

How to Better Communicate with Your Loved One

Learning to Let go: Recognizing Family Grief and Mental Illness

Limits and Boundaries – Why Set Them?

The Holidays Revisited With Borderline or Bipolar Disorders

The Struggle to Balance Involvement And Distance With An Ill Loved One

Tips on Communicating With a Mentally ill Person

Setting limits

Letting Go

Coping With Guilt

How to Say No

Caregiver’s Bill or Rights

Helping Without Being a Rescuer

Eating Disorders

Stigma Articles

The Real Threat: Stigma & Discrimination

Time 4 Change 2 Mental Health

Word Power, Let’s Speak of Hope


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

Interactions Between Medications

Anxiety Disorder

Anxiety Disorders

Obsessive Compulsive Disorder-Can Families Help Their Loved One?

Mood Disorder

Seasonal Depression and the Circadian Cycle

Treatment for Bipolar Disorder: Integrating Medications, Psychotherapy and Individual Strategies to Help Manage Symptoms

Personality Disorder

What is a Personality Disorder?

Treatment for Borderline Personality Disorder?

Validation: What Does This Mean And How To Help The Person With Borderline Personality Disorder

Stress Management

Acting as if there is no conflict!

The Butterfly Chaser

Mars and Venus as Parents

Meditation and the Voice of the Heart

Signs of Burnout

Stress Management

Taking Care of Ourselves and Others


A Cry For Help

Does Your Loved One Have A SAFETY PLAN?


A Piece of me: Growing up

My Son Has Been Diagnosed With Schizophrenia

A Parent’s Perspective: The Role of the Relative in Breaking down the Stigma



Normal Teenage Behaviour vs. Early Warning Signs of Mental Illness

Confidentialty and Mental Illness

The Role of Codependence and Mental Health

Benefits of Independent Living

Children Living With A Mentally Ill Parent

When your loved one is discharged from the hospital

What Happens After the Request for Psychiatric Evaluation (Court Order)?

Thoughts From An Ex-Community Worker

Sexuality and Mental Health

Urgence Psychosociale-Justice (UPS-J)


Coping with Mental Illness

Few people are knowledgeable about mental illness. When a loved one is affected no one is really ready to face this new challenge that is disrupting family life. Nevertheless, the place of family members in the care, treatment and recovery of mental illness has been substantially documented: the best treatment for mental illness includes supporting the family and other caregivers. In the past thirty years, families have been moving from a passive role to an active role wherein they are considered to be partners in care. This guide is in response to the needs of families to possess a better understanding of mental illness and the different resources available, as well as how to manage and better cope with the situation. Learning to live with mental illness demands time, patience and courage. You are not alone!

The Practical Guide to Mental Health Rights

The purpose of this guide is to offer friends and family members of individuals with mental health problems easier-to-understand, concrete legal information on the rights of individuals with mental health problems. It is also designed to familiarize them with the scope of these rights and provide answers to their questions about them.

Practical Guide

Information and Support Guide

For families and friends of individuals with mental health problems

National Guidelines

National Guidelines for a Comprehensive Service System to Support Family Caregivers of Adults with Mental Health Problems and Illnesses

Mental Health Commission of Canada