Monthly Meetings

Next meeting: Tuesday November 12, 6:30-8:30 pm

The November meeting will feature Laurie Sutherland, family peer trainer, leading us through some exercises in basic skills for supporters. It will likely be a refresher for some, and an introduction for others. As always, the meeting is open to everyone.

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. Usually the most recent newsletter has information about upcoming meetings – you can access that on our newsletter archive page. Alternatively, contact us to confirm the time and location.

Love You Forever workshops

The seventh Love You Forever workshop will be held November 2, 2019 from 8:45 am to 3:30 pm at the Santa Maria Goretti Centre, 11050 90 St., Edmonton.

This workshop is for family, friends and professionals who support adults living with serious mental illness, including those new to this journey. (There are 75 spots for family, 25 for professional staff.)

WHAT WILL BE OFFERED:

Ask the Experts – small group sessions, where experts will be available to answer your questions on:

  • Practical supports – How to access housing, income/AISH, find meaningful activity, employment and recreation
  • Legal Issues and Financial Planning – guardianship/trusteeship, co-decision making, powers of attorney, estate planning, information sharing, involuntary hospitalization, consent to treatment, Community Treatment Orders, review panels
  • Psycho-Social Education, Treatment and Navigation – mental illness and its treatment, how to deal with resistance to treatment, peer support, self-care, finding programs to help our loved ones.

Keynotes – a psychiatrist will speak on “how to talk to the doctor”; those walking the walk will tell their stories.

Fellowship and networking with others who are “walking the walk” during lunch (provided) and breaks you will meet others who share your experience and with experts who can help.

An Information Fair showcasing resources, local agencies and their services.

Tickets are FREE – lunch is included! Donations to CMHA-Edmonton Region are encouraged.

REGISTER HERE

If you know of a suitable place to help spread awareness, please download the poster to let others know about this event.

 

To get news about future Love You Forever workshops, 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.