FamiAlberta ZOOM information/ education sessions are held every second Tuesday of the month at 6:30 pm.
Information on individual sessions can be found in the newsletter and is also published on the FB FamiAlberta page.
Love You Forever workshops
Note: currently suspended due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Love You Forever workshops, held twice a year (spring and fall), are designed to provide practical, relevant information for parents and other caregivers of adults living with mental illness – as well as an opportunity to meet others in similar situations. These can be described as a “boot camp” as they provide plenty of basic information about mental illness and navigating the mental health system.
These workshops are meant for parents and other caregivers who are supporting an adult with a diagnosed mental illness. These are provided free of cost for families and caregivers, thanks to the financial support from Canadian Mental Health Association-Edmonton Region. The workshops are organized entirely by volunteer family members and draw on expertise from local experts.
To get news about future Love You Forever workshops, sign up for our monthly e-newsletter.
Our Facebook group is a private group; 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.
Newsletters are sent monthly (unless there’s some time-sensitive information that requires a special issue).
Read past issues at the newsletter archive.
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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.
FAMI-Alberta collaborates with policy makers and care providers wherever possible to provide families’ perspectives and improve services. We’ve worked closely with the Addiction and Mental Health branch of the AHS Edmonton Zone. We’ve also worked with governments and other organizations.
Recently, we participated in public engagement regarding the government review of parts of the Mental Health Act. We publicized the government survey in December and January, polled our members and submitted a response. We also closely followed the debate about Bill 17, the Mental Health Amendment Act introduced by Health Minister Tyler Shandro in the Alberta Legislature on June 4, 2020 and passed three weeks later. We hope to continue our dialogue with government during the implementation of the amendments.
The review was prompted by the JH v. AHS court ruling in July 2019 that determined that parts of the Act dealing with involuntary admission and treatment are unconstitutional. The Mental Health Act is the main piece of legislation in Alberta that deals with the assessment, treatment and rights of people with a serious mental disorder (illness) in certain situations. The Act describes how a person with a mental disorder can be apprehended, detained and/or given treatment in a hospital or in the community under specified conditions. It also explains people’s rights in these circumstances.
If you want to personally share any comments, here’s how to contact your government representatives:
Contact the Minister of Health
Contact the Associate Minister of Mental Health and Addiction
Find and contact your MLA
Our work with the Edmonton zone of Alberta Health Services – Addiction and Mental Health has provided families’ perspectives to our health care providers. 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.