What we do

Monthly Meetings

Generally held the second Tuesday of each month, these meetings are a combination of information/education, planning, and sharing experiences with others who understand. Meetings are open to any family member or other caregiver of an adult living with mental illness, and are usually held at the CMHA-ER office, 3rd floor, 10010 105 Street in downtown Edmonton from 6:30 to 8:30 pm. Some meetings features speakers on a specific topic of interest.

Please note that sometimes the location and/or day is changed, so sign up for our monthly e-newsletter or join our Facebook group to get up-to-date information.  Alternatively, contact us to confirm the time and location.

Love You Forever workshops

Love You Forever workshops, held twice a year (spring and fall), are designed to provide practical, relevant information for parents and other caregivers of adults living with mental illness – as well as an opportunity to meet others in similar situations. These can be described as a “boot camp” as they provide plenty of basic information about mental illness and navigating the mental health system.

These workshops are meant for parents and other caregivers who are supporting an adult with a diagnosed mental illness. These are provided free of cost for families and caregivers, thanks to the financial support from Canadian Mental Health Association-Edmonton Region. The workshops are organized entirely by volunteer family members and draw on expertise from local experts.

The next Love Your Forever workshop will be held November 2, 2019. To get news about future Love You Forever workshops, contact us or sign up for our monthly e-newsletter.

 

Facebook Group

Our Facebook group is a closed group so only approved members can see the posts. It offers a safe space to ask questions, share concerns and read recent articles of interest. Access the group here.

Monthly newsletter

Newsletters are sent monthly (unless there’s some time-sensitive information that requires a special issue).

Read past issues at the newsletter archive.

Sign up for our monthly newsletter here.

 

Housing

This initiative is still in its infancy. There is a core group looking into sustainable solutions for housing options for those living with serious mental illness. Watch for more information in the future, or contact us if you’d like to be involved.

In the meantime, there is some information on short-term housing in our Support section.

Advocacy

We work with the Edmonton zone of Alberta Health Services – Addiction and Mental Health to provide families’ perspectives. In the short time we’ve been around (since late 2016), we’ve been involved with these activities:

  • participation in zone-wide strategic planning sessions,
  • participation in a family presence working group,
  • development of family resources regarding the Health Information Act and sharing of information,
  • participation in staff development opportunities to share the family perspective,
  • providing input into the development of housing information sessions for families,
  • participation in working groups planning the Access 24/7 Mental Health Hub
  • participation in working groups planning the Edmonton Recovery College
  • Love You Forever workshops, which are attended by AHS staff as well as families.

FAMI-Alberta members are also working with Alberta Health and other organizations to help direct future programs and policies at a provincial level.