Having a family member with mental illness can be stressful, and the whole family can be affected by their loved one’s illness. Our family support services are here to help, free of charge.
“The Family Support Program at CMHA makes me feel heard. It is a place to go where I can learn to cope with my challenges around mental illness in my family.” – Susan
Family Support services are located at The People Place 300 – 3402 27th Avenue Vernon, BC.
It’s natural to feel many different emotions when a loved one is diagnosed with a mental illness. We are here to listen and provide you with non-judgmental support and resources.
Drop-in hours: Monday, Tuesday and Thursday 9 am – 12:30 pm or call 250-260-3233 to schedule an appointment.
Do you have a family member or friend who has a mental illness such as depression, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia or anxiety? Our support group for family members is a safe, caring place where you can share your hopes, fears, experiences and knowledge with others who also support a loved one living with a mental illness. YOU ARE NOT ALONE.
The family support group consists of five different modules.
- Emotions 101
- Caregiving Styles
- Validation & Emotion Coaching
- Validations: Skills Practice
- Relationship Repair
No registration required.
An eight-week group for people grieving the loss of someone who died by suicide. The focus of the support group is to better understand the uniqueness of the grief and trauma associated with suicide.
Pre-registration required. For more information please email us at [email protected].
A home cleaning service developed to improve the emotional and physical well-being of people living with a mental illness.
Referral required from case manager.
Kids in Control offers free education and support to children between the ages of 8 and 13 years of age who have a parent living with mental illness. The children meet for one and half hours once a week for eight consecutive weeks. Children who have a parent with a mental illness face a number of challenges, discomforts, responsibilities and fears. They experience many emotions and may deal with unpredictable behaviours or periods of separation from their ill parent.
For more information please email us at [email protected].
Due to COVID-19 our Families Coping with Mental Illness series will be presented online as WELLNESS WEBINARS.
FAMILIES COPING WITH MENTAL ILLNESS is a free public education series presented by our family support specialist, health care professionals, community, and family members. Coffee, tea and snacks provided. Held on the second Wednesday of the month from 6 pm to 8 pm at the Vernon Public Library.
not offered in July or August
The series curriculum is adapted from BC Schizophrenia’s Family Series: Strengthening Families Together.
Partnership Education is a very personal and compelling presentation utilizing a panel of three people who offer their personal perspectives on mental illness from the point of view of a person living with a mental illness, a family member and a mental health service provider. The presentation also includes an overview of the major mental illnesses, an interactive exercise (time permitting) and an opportunity for question and answers.
Our office has brochures and a lending library of books and DVDs relating to mental illness, mental health, and substance use/misuse. These items are available for families, people living with mental illness, professionals, and the general public.
We gratefully acknowledge the financial support of the Province of British Columbia.