This team provides education, information and individual or group support to foster networking and peer support among family members of those with a serious mental illness. Groups include; “Family Recovery Series”, “Book Clubs” and “Family Support”.
Our Family Support Workers provide service to anyone who has a loved one with a serious mental illness. This includes but is not limited to partners, parents, children, siblings and friends.
Our Family Support Workers also have experience with a loved one with a serious mental illness. They are not here to tell families what to do; but instead they can help family members with system navigation, boundary setting, the instillation of hope, self-care, advocacy, resource connections, general listening and skill development.
Groups provide family members with an opportunity to meet other people who may be facing similar challenges. This peer-led shared learning environment fosters a sense of strength and togetherness.
We also have a Family Support Worker situated within Grey Bruce Health Services – Owen Sound Site. This Family Support Crisis Worker’s role is to assist families who have a loved one in the Emergency Department or hospitalized within the Inpatient Psychiatry Department as a result of their mental illness.
Contact the Family Support Initiative:
1024 2nd Avenue East, Owen Sound, ON N4K 2H7