Resources

Online Crisis Support:

7 Cups of Tea – Free, anonymous, and confidential conversations with trained active listeners.

Understanding Mental Illness:

Psychcentral – A comprehensive list of symptoms and treatments

E-Mentalhealth.ca – Information sheet of mental health topics

Mental Health America – Recognizing warning signs and how to cope

Our Healthy Minds – Living with mental illness – A guide for family and friends

Mental Health First Aid (Canada) –  Training program to help people better manage potential or developing mental health problems in themselves, a family member, a friend or a colleague.

NAMI Family to Family (USA)  Free educational course for family, caregivers and friends of individuals living with mental illness.

Tools for Friends/Family/Caregivers: 

Here to Help – Guide to supporting friends and family with mental illness

Family Association for Mental Health Everywhere– Coping tips for families and friends

E-Mentalhealth.ca  (Canada) – A search tool for mental health services

Family Association for Mental Health Everywhere (Greater Toronto Area) – Support group services for families and friends

CAMH (Toronto) – Support group for families and friends

Tools for Newcomers (Canada)

CMHA – Mental health services for support during migration

Online Support Groups:

Reaching Families Project – online family mental illness support groups

Books:

Fog of Paranoia the book or the blog – A sister’s journey through her brother’s schizophrenia

The Spark – A mother’s story of nurturing, genius and autism

Hardwiring Happiness – The new brain science of contentment, calm and confidence

Gifts of Imperfection – A book about building shame-resilience through vulnerability and self acceptance

Films:

Of Two Minds – explores the extraordinary lives, struggles and successes of three unique and compelling people living with bipolar disorder.

Free the Mind – a documentary about the brain, neuroscience and meditation, told through the stories of soldiers with PTSD and a young boy with ADHD.

 

 

 

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