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Mental Health: Educate Family and Caregivers

Categories:

  • Mental health,
  • Social environment,
  • Community,
  • Facilities & organizations,

Provide family and caregivers with education on mental health

How to implement

  • Educate family members and caregivers about how to care for a loved one who is experiencing mental illness, while protecting their own wellbeing.1 Programs and educational initiatives may include:
    • Family advocacy groups, support groups and skills-training programs.2
    • Educational sessions on caregiver rights (e.g., personal health assessments, regular breaks, respite care).2
    • Opportunities for education on parenting/caregiving skills to promote social and emotional wellbeing.3

Example in action: Developed by Caregivers Alberta, COMPASS is a nine-month module program that balances individual wellbeing with the challenges of caregiving 

  1. Minister of Health and Long-Term Care Advisory Group. Respect, recovery, resilience: Recommendations for Ontario's mental health and addictions strategy. Toronto (ON): Minister's Advisory Group; 2010. Available from: http://www.health.gov.on.ca/en/common/ministry/publications/reports/mental_health/mentalhealth_rep.pdf.
  2. National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE). Mental health problems in people with learning disabilities: Prevention, assessment and management. NICE guideline. London (UK): NICE; 2016. Available from: https://www.nice.org.uk/guidance/ng54.
  3. National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE). Social and emotional wellbeing in secondary education. NICE guideline. London (UK): NICE; 2009. Available from: https://www.nice.org.uk/guidance/ph20.
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