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Families supporting Adults with Mental Illness in Alberta (FAMI-Alberta) is a grassroots community of volunteers who provide education, support and advocacy for families supporting loved ones living with serious mental illness. We’re currently focused in the Edmonton region, but are happy to hear from families across Alberta.

Caring for someone with a serious mental is difficult at the best of times. Needless to say, the COVID-19 pandemic brings a new set of challenges. Here are some tips for family members in Alberta.

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LEAP is for those who have a family member or friend who isn’t aware of their serious mental illness and who refuses treatment. Get on the notification list to learn when the next session will be held.

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The Covid-19 Pandemic and Involuntary Treatment

Guest blog by Marvin Ross  @dysdads The extraordinary measures being used to deal with the current pandemic have implications for involuntary committal procedures for the mentally ill. Thanks to my fellow advocate DJ Jaffe of the Mental Illness Policy Org for bringing this to my attention. At the moment, for the good

April 3rd, 2020|

Coping with COVID-19

Caring for someone with a serious mental is difficult at the best of times. Needless to say, the COVID-19 pandemic brings a new set of challenges. Here are some tips for family members in Alberta. Stay calm and keep informed. Dr. Deena Hinshaw, Alberta’s Chief Medical Officer of Health holds

March 18th, 2020|

New Year – New Hope?

Some important developments concerning Alberta’s approach to mental illness occurred in 2019. In June, the Alberta Ombudsman – concerned that five-year-old recommendations about Mental Health Review Panels hadn’t been implemented – released the report Treating People with Mental Illness Fairly. The following month a Court of Queen’s Bench Justice declared

January 14th, 2020|
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