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
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.