Mental health help: When caring for an adult with mental illness
From depression, anxiety disorders and PTSD to schizophrenia, bipolar disorder and borderline personality disorder, mental illnesses are diverse but all affect thinking, emotions, perceptions, relationships and behaviour. They can also frequently co-exist with chronic physical conditions or disabilities and substance use problems. Because of their profound ability to change someone’s functioning and their typically-episodic nature, mental illnesses can be especially challenging for those living with someone experiencing them. The mental health system can be equally challenging to navigate. Yet, family and caregiver support can make a huge difference to a loved one’s recovery and ability to access and advocate for care.
This webinar will explore a range of supports and resources in BC available to family caregivers of adults living with a mental illness. By the end of the webinar, participants will be able to describe:
- Major routes to mental health care for adults in BC;
- Courses and support groups dedicated to family caregivers for mental illness;
- A few common-sense strategies for:
- dealing with a loved one distressed by symptoms
- preventing and planning ahead for relapse
- Key phone numbers, publications, agencies and websites to connect with.
There will be a question period after this presentation.