Help and Support

For someone with lived experience of mental illness, getting the right help and support, when they need it most, is critical. Friends, family, caregivers, and doctors all have a role to play in helping you to manage your illness and maintain your recovery. Community organizations can provide essential services, social opportunities, as well as skills training and employment assistance.

Here, we feature personal stories, tips, and profiles of community organizations. We hope some of the information will help you to decide what help and support you, or a loved one, may need.

It can be difficult for people living with depression, anxiety, schizophrenia or other mood disorders to make friends.  This is not something you can fix as a parent, but there are things you can do to ease the situation.

If your adult child had an unexpected heart attack what would you tell your friends?  If he was frequently sick with asthma, what would you say?  If she were admitted to hospital with psychosis, how would you explain that?  What is the difference?

Maybe you are the parent of a young adult child who has been in and out of hospital many times. You are getting older. You may be wondering how your child is ever going to live in the community without you.  That is what Sheila Morrison and her family is facing.

Making new friends and being involved in social activities can be difficult for a person living with mental illness. Feelings of isolation and loneliness are common. Anna Quon profiles an organization helping to change that with a focus on having fun as a key part of being healthy.

Anna Quon writes about an organization supporting people with mental illness to live independently

A project focused on ensuring equal access to healthcare for people of the gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender and intersex (GLBTI) community.

Anna Quon profiles New Beginnings Dartmouth, a community space where people living with mental illness can become connected to their community and be supported in recovery by their peers. It is also a place where they make friends and have fun.

Here are some of the many services that offer treatment and support  to individuals who are living with mental illness, and to their family.

The Capital District Mental Health Program offers mental health services that focus on the needs of seniors.

"A library is not a luxury but one of the necessities of life."  Henry Ward Beecher

Halifax recreation centres offer a wide variety of activities for adults and children, with lots of things families can do together. Whether you are interested in trying yoga, want swim lesons for your toddler or simply want a place to be active, recreation centres can probably meet your needs at an affordable price. Your toughest decision may be choosing what to do.

Anna Quon shares how she discovered the Baha'i faith and renewed her spirituality.

Sheila Morrison says that to be healthy we need to look after our body, mind and spirit. "I see my personal space as a reflection of my inner world.   If my space is clean and tidy, my spirit is lifted and I am happier at work," says Sheila.

Community Mental Health clinics offer treatment and support to individuals living with a mental illness, and their family.

Are you raising children and looking after one or both of your parents? If you answer yes, you are part of what is called the sandwich generation.

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