Families supporting Adults with Mental Illness in Alberta (FAMI-Alberta) is a grassroots community of volunteers who provide education 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. Free online courses will be held in January and February 2022.

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Blog posts represent the views of the contributor and not necessarily those of FAMI-Alberta.

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|

A Matter of Perspective

A couple’s romantic stroll is interrupted when they encounter a dirty, ragged homeless man rocking back and forth on the sidewalk muttering random words. They wonder why someone doesn’t do something about such disgusting people. Across town the homeless man’s parents return home after another fruitless day spent searching for

September 16th, 2019|

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