The Mental Health Foundation is dedicated to helping fund enhancements to support those afflicted by mental health issues and/or addiction. We believe it is important that patients have timely access to appropriate support services delivered in the right locations by the right providers and will seek out initiatives that are in alignment.
Families can play an important role in supporting a loved one with a mental health or addiction condition. Family members often deal with crises, assist with system navigation, serve as informal case managers, encourage and support treatment, secure housing, arrange for income assistance, monitor symptoms and maintain records of previous treatments, medications and hospitals.
Family members may experience anxiety, stress, shame, self-blame, depression, fear and anger. Mental health and addiction problems can also have an impact on a family’s employment and financial situation. This is the result of the additional stresses and time demands of care-giving, as well as the actual costs of supporting an individual who may not be financially independent.
Without sufficient supports, family members are at-risk of poor health themselves.
People dealing with mental health and addictions conditions in their family often do not have adequate information regarding the problem, treatment or available resources.