Caregiver Connections: Finding Your Balance provides family members/friends/caregivers of those living with a mental health and/or addiction concern with a customized program to find balance, acceptance and hope. This program is open to all who are looking for support: a sibling, child, parent (of a youth and/or adult child), friend, a partner or grandparent.
The program focuses on the needs of those living with or caring for someone with a mental health and/or addiction concern, who are often themselves left unattended to. There are many supports available to someone living with a mental health and/or addiction concern, but caregivers are often left in the dark, perhaps feeling confused, frustrated, scared and even angry. Through the support of peers with lived experience, family members will learn to take care of themselves by finding their own balance, and creating a network of support.
This new program offers weekly drop-in groups as well as an 8 week “Peers helping Peers” workshop featuring 100% caregiver-crafted content, with group leaders who are caregivers and have graduated from CMHA’s “Peer School”. Through the support of peers with lived experience, you will learn to take care of yourself, ask for help when necessary, learn about the importance of boundaries and self-care, and when to say no, in addition to other key topics as identified by family members.
The focus of the program is on you as a caregiver. The purpose is to pass on essential tools to you and your family members that will help give you effective support to your loved one, without compromising your own journey and wellness.
Our 8 session workshop is designed and delivered by family members with lived experience through open discussions and with the support of course materials. The aim of the workshop is to offer a safe place to gather together with trained peers who have similar lived experience, offering hope through shared stories, networking, education, resources and support. You will discuss topics such as finding your balance, learn personal coping strategies, and develop a network of community support. You will resonate with stories and gain useful tools and strategies for supporting yourself in your own personal role as a caregiver.