Mental Health

Helping a loved one with mental health struggles

This session is intended for Caregivers, Patients, Professionals

In this webinar facilitated by Gillian Gray, Program Manager, Family Outreach and Response Program (FOR) with CMHA Toronto, we will explore the role of families in a loved one’s mental health recovery. Families play an important role in a loved one’s recovery, therefore it is important to equip them with tactics and resources so that they feel empowered to advocate and assist their loved one who is struggling with a mental health challenge, be it a bipolar condition, schizophrenia or depression.
The webinar will also focus on knowing what helps and hinders when supporting your loved one. In addition, it will assist you in recognizing the importance of caregivers’ well-being and learning about what supports are available to you from a national, provincial and local perspective.

Come join us for a stimulating evening and feel free to contribute to the conversation on Huddol prior to the event. We will endeavour to answer your questions in a timely manner!


  1. Gillian Gray MSW, RSW is the Program Manager of the Family Outreach and Response Program (FOR) with CMHA Toronto. FOR offers mental health supports to families, recognizing the important role families can play in a loved ones recovery. Gillian, like the other staff at FOR, draws on her lived experience of mental health distress to inform her work. She has worked in the mental health field for the past 8 years in a number of capacities – community programming, research and policy. Gillian holds an MSW from U of T, BSc in Behavioural Neuroscience from McMaster University, and is trained in Acceptance and Commitment Therapy.


  1. A major problem for families trying to help a family member lost in profound psychosis is anosognosia. This well-researched brain based condition prevents most people experiencing profound psychosis from understanding that they are ill. This is why many people with schizophrenia often neither seek nor initially accept treatments that could get them out of psychosis.

    In the past, FOR has not supported a medical understanding of schizophrenia or bipolar illness. If it still does not accept the value of a medical approach to these brain disorders, what useful advice does it have for families trying to help a severely psychotic family member?

    • Hello,
      You can view the recording of “Helping a Loved One with Mental Health Struggles” simply by pressing the play arrow on the image at the top of this page.
      Best regards,
      The Caregiver Network

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