FAMIA Blog

Too Deep, Yet Too Shallow

A year ago, one of our first blog posts compared emergency mental health services to emergency help for someone drowning. The post pointed out the absurdity of lifeguards using bureaucratic regulations to refuse help to

December 14th, 2018|0 Comments

Welcome to the Club!

The fifth Love You Forever workshop, held Saturday November 3rd, was a busy and emotional day. To those participants who are fairly new to the role of supporting a family member with serious mental illness,

November 10th, 2018|0 Comments

Giving Thanks

As Thanksgiving Day approaches, it may be difficult (if not impossible) to count your blessings when your life has been turned upside down by a serious mental illness in the family. We often find ourselves

October 4th, 2018|0 Comments

Doing no harm?

The old adage for physicians, “First, do no harm,” seems like an obvious statement. In fact, it could easily be replaced with the positive alternative: “First, offer help.” In the treatment of mental illness, we

August 2nd, 2018|0 Comments

“Proud of you, son”

Spring convocation is an exciting time, not just for grads but for their whole families as well. It’s a time for celebration of achievements earned, pride for the hard work invested and hope for a

June 6th, 2018|0 Comments

It happens here too

Already in 2018, Canadians have been spectators to some horrific scenes south of the border. The school shooting in Florida unleashed a nasty, ignorant public discussion about the nature of mental illness, the rights of

March 7th, 2018|0 Comments