What we do

Monthly Meetings

The next meeting will be held June 11 and will be a “just us” meeting to talk about future FAMI projects, business and our own wellness. At that meeting we’ll decide whether or not to hold meetings in July and August. We have a variety of educational topics ready for the fall. To keep informed about our meetings, sign up for our monthly newsletter.


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 6

A call comes: “I’ve been arrested… I’m in jail… I have to go to Court.” What can you do when a call like this comes from a loved one or client who has a serious mental illness? What will happen?

This one-day workshop, held at the Provincial Court House in Edmonton, is designed to answer questions like these. Families and supporters will learn about the Criminal Justice system from arrest to resolution, the Mental Health Court, and how to identify and to communicate with judges, duty counsel, court clerk, probation officer, navigators, police, and other officials. Talks, Q&A and tours will be delivered by Provincial Court staff and Alberta Health Services professionals. This is also a day for meeting and learning from other families and supporters.

The workshop is for family members and other active supporters of adults living with the effects of serious mental illness and professionals engaged in this area. There are 75 spots available for supporters who are family/friends, and 25 for professional staff.

Date: May 4 2019
Time: 8:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. (Registration 8:00 a.m. Program starts at 8:30 a.m.)
Location: Provincial Court house, Edmonton (97 St and 103A Ave NW)
Cost: Free, donations are encouraged


Love You Forever 7 will be held in November 2019 and will feature panels on a variety of topics – accessing services, system navigation, housing supports, etc.


Handouts from Love You Forever 5, November 3, 2018:

Housing Resources

Employment Resources

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.