Caregiver Support - Mental Health

Are you taking care of someone in your family who is sick, disabled, elderly or frail? We know the demand of doing so can be high, and the mental, emotional, and physical strength necessary to do so can at times feel extreme or overwhelming. Often, caregivers are taking care of others while also trying to balance their own work, social, and family life. This can lead to mental health issues such as anxiety and depression. As well, accepting a shift in caregiver roles from parents to children can be difficult and overwhelming. Caregiver support can help alleviate some of the stress that can be involved in being responsible for another person’s care, by sharing the responsibility of caregiving, and also offering support to the caregiver to help balance the demands and challenges they may face. Are you currently caring for a friend or family member, but finding it hard to manage your own mental health while doing so? Anyone, at any time, can face mental health issues. If you, or a friend or loved one need empathetic and understanding sources of support and information to help manage your mental health, Kinjunxion is here to help. There are many options for caregiver relief including assistance with meal preparation, transportation, personal care and household chores. In order to take care of someone else, you also need to take care of yourself. If you are looking for caregiver relief options in your neighbourhood, we have the resources you need.

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Family caregiving in mental illness

"This is the most comprehensive book to-date about the role that families play in caring for adults with mental illness. Unique to this volume is an examination of caregiving roles from an historical perspective as well as from the perspective of various caregiving relationships--parents, adult children, and siblings. Of special importance is Dr. Lefley's delineation of the nature of caregiving throughout the life cycle of the family." Agnes B. Hatfield, Ph.D., University of Maryland at College Park "I find Harriet Lefley's new book Family Caregiving in Mental Illness to be extremely thoughtful and comprehensive. It is all here--family theories and research, caregiving in the context of changes in the family life cycle, coping strategies, cross-cultural issues, advocacy, patient rights, and mental health policy. Dr. Lefley is the expert of experts when it comes to family caregiving in serious mental illness. The book is very readable and accessible to family members, social workers, and policymakers. It represents another big step in Dr. Lefley's courageous effort to bring family issues to public attention." --Richard Tessler, Ph.D. University of Massachusetts Deinstitutionalization suddenly catapults family members into being the primary caregivers for functionally impaired adults who are diagnosed with mental illness. This role as caregiver is one that family members are untrained and unprepared for. In Family Caregiving in Mental Illness, author Harriet Lefley explores the experiences of those giving care for adults with mental illness. She thoughtfully examines the unique characteristics and conceptual models related to mental illness and then surveys the experience of mental illness in the context of the family life cycle and developmental stages of the illness. Family burden, including social stigma; treatment barriers; iatrogenic stress; and the relationship between the patient and caregiver are appraised while the influence on other family members is highlighted. The stages of familial response, specific types of coping strategies, and professional and nonclinical services for families are reviewed, along with positive affects on the family's welfare. Finally, cultural factors affecting family caregiving are discussed in the international context and in terms of ethnic differences within the United States. Also considered are the impact of advocacy movements on caregivers, the legal and ethical barriers to care, alternative models to family caregiving, and the maintenance and growth of consumer-run services. All professionals working with persons with mental illness as well as researchers and students in this area will find Family Caregiving in Mental Illness illuminating and valuable.

Supporting the Caregiver in Dementia

A Guide for Health Care Professionals

Dementia is one of the greatest challenges facing seniors and their caregivers around the globe. Developed by experts in both research and practice, this guide for mental health clinicians explores the experience of caregiving in dementia, discussing the latest research developments and sharing clinical pearls of wisdom that can easily be translated to daily practice. The contributors explore the history of caregiving and then examine the current demographics of caregivers for persons with dementia. They discuss who provides care, the settings in which it is delivered, and the rewards and burdens of caregiving. They place special emphasis on understanding the psychological needs of both the person with dementia and the caregiver, as well as interpersonal bonds, spiritual dimensions, and reactions to grief and loss. Using a multidisciplinary approach to treatment for caregivers, this book addresses the role of pharmacotherapy, individual and family interventions, and social supports. Finally, the authors reflect on societal issues such as health care policies, ethnic elders, and ethics. This volume offers health professionals insights into the daily lives of caregivers, along with tools to provide their patients with the support they need.

When Someone You Love Has a Mental Illness

A Handbook for Family, Friends, and Caregivers

Discusses home care versus a treatment facility, financial assistance, selecting a physician, handling stress, balancing family needs, and other issues.

The Addiction Solution

Treating Our Dependence on Opioids and Other Drugs

A groundbreaking examination of addiction from a psychiatrist and public health doctor, offering practical, proven solutions for individuals, families, and communities dealing with substance use and abuse. Written with warmth, accessibility, and vast authority, The Addiction Solution is a practical guide through the world of drug use and abuse and addiction treatment. Here, Lloyd I. Sederer, MD, brings together scientific and clinical knowledge, policy suggestions, and case studies to describe our current drug crisis and establish a clear path forward to recovery and health. In a time when so many people are affected by the addiction epidemic, when 142 people die of overdoses every day in the United States, principally from opioids, Sederer’s decades of wisdom and clinical experience are needed more than ever before. With a timely focus on opioids, Sederer takes us through the proven essentials of addiction treatment and explains why so many of our current policies, like the lingering remnants of the War on Drugs, fail to help drug users, their families, and their wider communities. He identifies a key insight, often overlooked in popular and professional writing about addiction and its treatment: namely, that people who use drugs do so to meet specific needs, and that drugs may be the best solution those people currently have. Writing with generosity and empathy about the many Americans who use illicit and prescribed substances, Sederer lays out specific, evidence-based, researched solutions to the prevention and problems of drug use, including exercise, medications, therapy, recovery programs, and community services. In this challenging time, The Addiction Solution provides practical help, comfort, and hope.

The SANE Guide for Families

Caring for Someone Affected by Mental Illness

This guide is intended to help family, friends, and other carers of people who have been seriously affected by mental illness. It explains the importance of dealing with your own reactions to someone you care for having a mental illness, of developing a positive and caring attitude to caring, and more.

Family caregiving and mental illness

predictors of distress and caregiver service priorities

Depression and Your Child

A Guide for Parents and Caregivers

Seeing your child suffer in any way is a harrowing experience for any parent. Mental illness in children can be particularly draining due to the mystery surrounding it, and the issue of diagnosis at such a tender age. Depression and Your Child gives parents and caregivers a uniquely textured understanding of pediatric depression, its causes, its symptoms, and its treatments. Serani weaves her own personal experiences of being a depressed child along with her clinical experiences as a psychologist treating depressed children. Current research, treatments and trends are presented in easy to understand language and tough subjects like self-harm, suicide and recovery plans are addressed with supportive direction. Parents will learn tips on how to discipline a depressed child, what to expect from traditional treatments like psychotherapy and medication, how to use holistic methods to address depression, how to avoid caregiver burnout, and how to move through the trauma of diagnosis and plan for the future. Real life cases highlight the issues addressed in each chapter and resources and a glossary help to further understanding for those seeking additional information. Parents and caregivers are sure to find here a reassuring approach to childhood depression that highlights the needs of the child even while it emphasizes the need for caregivers to care for themselves and other family members as well.

The Challenges of Mental Health Caregiving

Research • Practice • Policy

Caring for the ill, disabled, very old, or very young requires a labor-intensive commitment that is not only essential to the well-being of individuals and to society as a whole, but also fraught with physical, financial, and psychological risks. And despite the critical nature of their job, caregivers rarely have avenues of support. The Challenges of Mental Health Caregiving addresses the complexities of the situation with uncommon depth and breadth. Suited to researchers, scientist-practitioners and clinicians, and students seeking a rounded understanding of the field, it examines how caregiving affects the lives, work, and mental health of family and professional caregivers. Chapters explore developmental, cultural, and spiritual contexts of care, addressing ongoing concerns about care in relation to larger health systems and emphasizing the need for care to be viewed as a community, rather than an individual or family experience. Further, the book's conclusion strongly advocates for more effective and efficient uses for available funds and resources while offering workable proposals for service improvements at the policy level. Key areas of coverage: The impact of caregiving on physical and mental health. Integrating mental health and primary care. The promotion of positive mental health outcomes in children and youth. Mid-life concerns and caregiver experience. Loss, grief, bereavement and the implications for mental health caregiving. Policy issues in caregiving and mental health. The Challenges of Mental Health Caregiving is a clear-sighted reference for researchers, clinicians and scientist-practitioners, and graduate students in the caregiving fields, including clinical psychology, social work, public health/medicine, geriatrics/gerontology, public policy, and educational policy.

Anxiety Disorders

The Caregivers : Information for Support People, Family, and Friends

A guide for caregivers of anxiety neurotics includes detailed explanations of the causes, symptoms and treatments currently available for generalized anxiety disorder, panic attacks, agoraphobia, depression, and more; along with suggestions, many based on personal experiences, on how caregivers can help sufferers and themselves.

The Center Cannot Hold

My Journey Through Madness

Elyn R. Saks is an esteemed professor, lawyer, and psychiatrist and is the Orrin B. Evans Professor of Law, Psychology, Psychiatry and the Behavioral Sciences at the University of Southern California Law School, yet she has suffered from schizophrenia for most of her life, and still has ongoing major episodes of the illness. THE CENTER CANNOT HOLD is the eloquent, moving story of Elyn's life, from the first time that she heard voices speaking to her as a young teenager, to attempted suicides in college, through learning to live on her own as an adult in an often terrifying world. Saks discusses frankly the paranoia, the inability to tell imaginary fears from real ones, the voices in her head telling her to kill herself (and to harm others); as well the incredibly difficult obstacles she overcame to become a highly respected professional. This beautifully written memoir is destined to become a classic in its genre. The title is a line from "The Second Coming," a poem by William Butler Yeats, which is alluded to in the book.

Family Caregiving in Chronic Illness

Alzheimer's Disease, Cancer, Heart Disease, Mental Illness, and Stroke

This book provides a comprehensive analysis of family caregiving for adults who are dependent because of chronic illness. Focusing on five specific diseases - Alzheimer's, cancer, chronic mental illness, heart disease and stroke - the authors present and assess existing research and practice relating to family caregiving.

Coping with Schizophrenia

A CBT Guide for Patients, Families and Caregivers

The only book written specifically for sufferers, as well as their carers and loved ones, this empowering book takes a sensitive and understanding approach to schizophrenia, providing all the information necessary about the condition, its causes, and the range of treatments available. Dr Steven Jones is Senior Lecturer in Clinical Psychology at the University of Manchester, Academic Division of Clinical Psychology, Wythenshawe Hospital, Manchester, UK and Honorary Consultant Clinical Psychologist at Pennine Care Trust, UK.

Good Mental Health

Mental Health Counselors

Single Moms Support

New Moms Support

Family Caregivers Support

Mental Health Advocacy

Mental Health Peer Support

Mental Health Education

Mental Health Recovery

Dundas Community Services - Community Education of Caregivers - Grafton Square

Peer support groups, education and training to assist family members, service providers and caregivers * sessions may include information such as advanced directives and senior safety

Halton FASD (Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder) Parent / Caregiver Support Group - No Physical Address

Peer support group for parents and caregivers of children, youths or adults living with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder.
* welcomes new members from Halton, Hamilton and the surrounding areas

Parkinson Canada - Hamilton Support Group - Hamilton East

Provides mutual support and education on how to live well to individuals living with Parkinson's and their care partners

Joseph Brant Hospital - PACT for Halton - Joseph Brant Community Health Centre

A community outreach program, serving residents of Halton.
* also known as "Hospital without Walls," the program is organized as a mobile interdisciplinary team that provides round-the-clock clinical treatment, rehabilitative, and support services to individuals with a severe and persistent mental illness, in their homes

Services provided by PACT include:
* comprehensive case management with a rehabilitation focus
* crisis assessment and intervention
* symptom assessment and management
* administration and monitoring of medication
* activities of daily living
* social and leisure skills development
* supportive counselling
* education
* consultation
* support to caregivers

Parents for Children's Mental Health - Family Support Group - Oakville Chapter

Provincial, family-led, non-profit organization that provides a voice for families who face the challenges of child and youth mental health issues * provide support, education, and empowerment by linking networks of families, communities, agencies and government


Services include:
  • peer to peer assistance and support
  • link families to important networks within their communities
  • help families access important resources

Parkinson Canada - Oakville Support Group

The support group meets for mutual support, as well as to learn more about living with Parkinson's disease * for more information about the group, or to be connected with the current local volunteer contact for the support group, please contact Parkinson Canada office

Joseph Brant Hospital - Community Mental Health Outpatient Services - Burlington - Joseph Brant Community Health Centre (Brant Centre)

Community Mental Health provides a continuum of care from assessment or consultation, to specialized treatment supports for clients with complex and serious mental health disorders.

Child and Adolescent Clinic (CAP)
Provides support to children/youth under the age of 18 years.
* Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist works with Social Worker to assess and provide treatment recommendations on complex cases.

Concurrent Disorders Clinic (Addictions & Mental Illness)
Specialized assessments of clients with co-occurring mental health and addictions disorders.
* psychiatrists work with Social Worker to identify clients who would benefit from longer term individual treatment.
* clinic staff also provide "Health & Hope Group," a 10-week psycho-educational support group for people who experience difficulties with both a mental health issue and substance abuse issue.

Early Intervention in Psychosis (Phoenix)
Regional clinical program provides service to clients 14-40 years of age experiencing a first episode of psychosis.
* jointly managed by Joseph Brant Hospital, Oakville Trafalgar Memorial Hospital, North Halton Mental Health Clinic, ADAPT, and the Halton-Peel Schizophrenia Society.
* for more information, see separate record here

General Psychiatrist Consultation Clinic
Assessment, medication review, and treatment recommendations via a "shared care" model with family physicians.
* follow up appointments provided as necessary for more complex cases to ensure the efficacy of medications prescribed and that the recommended treatment plan is working for the client.

Geriatric Psychiatric Consultation Service
Supports clients aged 65 and older who are residents of Burlington, for more details see separate record here

Halton Homes (homelessness service)
Provides clinical support to Halton Homes service which targets mental health clients at risk of being homeless and provides both clinical case management and housing supports.
* Ontario Ministry of Health supportive housing initiative, lead agency is Summit Housing and Outreach Program.
* for more information see separate records here

PACT (Program of Assertive Community Treatment)
Community outreach program of Halton Region, is housed at Joseph Brant serving all Halton residents, see separate record here

PHAST (Prioritizing Health through Acute Stabilization and Treatment)
Access to mental health and addiction services for individuals 16 and older with mental health and/or addiction concerns who have an urgent need for acute stabilization and intervention
* multidisciplinary model, which includes the services of a registered nurse, addictions specialists, social workers, a child and youth intensive worker, a peer support worker, an occupational therapist, a transitional age youth social worker, a case manager and clerical support
* treatment includes stabilization and referral to social service agency partners through a combination of group and one-on-one sessions for individuals and their families

Treatment Services
Available through referral from a physician:
1. Short Term Treatment
Meets the needs of individuals who are experiencing mental health issues such as mood or anxiety disorders.
* assessment, psychiatric evaluation, treatment planning, skill development and coordination of community resources.
* an average of 12 therapy sessions is offered.
* clinicians also offer treatment via several groups, e.g. Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) for clients with depression or anxiety.

2. Intensive Case Management
Inter-professional team offers comprehensive outreach services to adult clients and their families.
* addresses the multiple needs of clients with predominantly psychotic or severe mood disorders (eg. bipolar) and focuses on the client's goals and effective community reintegration.

3. Medication Clinic
Operates with both RN and Psychiatrist support for the follow up of primarily a chronic population.
* goals are to facilitate the optimal use of psychotropic medications with a view to prevent/reduce hospitalizations and Emergency Department visits, ensure client stability in the community and support clients in maintaining adequate functioning and an enhanced quality of life.

Joseph Brant Hospital - Wellness House Adult Day Program - Burlington - Wellness House - Itabashi Way

A community-based Adult Day and Caregiver Support Program affiliated with Joseph Brant Hospital.

Clients and caregivers are assessed by a program team:
* program provides functional therapy and support services to assist physically challenged adults, frail seniors and their caregivers
* qualified and experienced staff
* barrier free
* homelike
* programs include crafts, horticulture, floor games
* physical and occupational therapy
* larger group activities such as discussion groups
* therapeutic recreational activities

Major services
Adult Day Program:
* uses holistic day program model
* assist clients and caregivers to maximize and maintain abilities and compensate for limitations
* enable clients to remain living in their own homes for as long as they can
* reduce risks to health
* maintain quality of life

Halton Aphasia Program: (see separate record here)
* Thursday afternoons at Wellness House from 1-4 pm
* Specialized Speech therapy in a group setting
* $45/month
* Must be a client of Wellness House to access Halton Aphasia Program

Caregiver Support Program:
* respite service for program clients, caregivers participate in individual and/or group sessions
* focus on maintaining their health and well-being

Transportation available to and from program:
* transit systems for the physically challenged
* program bus
* private transportation where available

Recovery Canada - Burlington Groups - No Physical Address

Major Services:
* weekly group meetings to support those with anxiety, depression and low self-esteem, open to the public and visitors to join and observe
* monthly leaders training for interested members who have attended Recovery Canada groups for at least six months

Website includes more information on the Recovery method as well as information on the meeting places, telephone meetings, chat rooms, and online meetings (see here)

Parents for Children's Mental Health - Hamilton Chapter

Provides support, education, and empowerment to parents and families of children and youth who face mental health challenges. Local chapter of a provincial, family-led organization.

St. Joseph's Healthcare Hamilton - Developmental Dual Diagnosis Program - Level 1, Block D, Room D119 (inside Specialty Mental Health Clinic area)

A community-based mental health service that works with other organizations to form a coordinated network of services to meet the mental health needs of adults with intellectual disabilities. Services include assessment, treatment recommendations, and education and support to patients and caregivers.

Alzheimer Society of Brant, Haldimand Norfolk, Hamilton Halton - Family Support Groups - Hamilton Mountain East - 1575 Upper Ottawa St

A series of group-format support programs that help family, caregivers, and individuals with memory loss cope with progressive cognitive deficits, dementia, or Alzheimer's disease. Different groups are offered that focus on topics like coping with responsive behaviours, understanding specific diseases, caring for a parent, grief and loss, and long-term care.