CMHA launches support for families

Peterborough, ON, Canada / (CHEXTV)

Just weeks after a community fundraising run, the local chapter of the Canadian Mental Health Association Wednesday launched a program that will be funded by proceeds of that effort.

The CMHA, Haliburton, Kawartha, Pine Ridge (CMHA HKPR) kicked off its “Family Education and Support Program.”

“This year’s Run for Mental Health had a modest goal of netting $3,000 from the event and a donation of about $500 to the YES Shelter for Youth and Families,” states the media release. “We are pleased to advise that through the support of title sponsor Drew Merrett of Merrett Home Hardware and sponsorship from Bell Let’s Talk, Medical Centre Pharmacy and Stewart Travel/Carlson Wagonlit, we received over $30,000 in sponsorship, registration and donations.”

After expenses, approximately $14,000 will be directed to a new CMHA HKPR Family Support Program and a donation of $2,616 will go to the YES Shelter for Youth and Families.

A part time “Family Education Support Worker” will be hired to specifically focus on support for caregivers of individuals with mental health concerns.

“This new program will help to educate and support family members so that they are able to move with their loved one along their journey to recovery, resulting in a more comprehensive and supported client experience,” the release says.

This will include emotional support, help navigating the system of care options, referrals to support groups, treatment options and psychiatric services, intervention skills including suicide prevention, problem-solving skills, and “important” opportunities for self-care.

“Most importantly, they will learn they are not alone. The worker will help family members to work through feelings of grief and loss, that their loved one’s own journey is different than they imagined. This will enable them to move towards acceptance, discover opportunities to support their family member, and most importantly find hope,” the release adds.


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