They are some of the most dedicated caregivers in society; the family and friends of loved ones with mental health and addiction challenges.
And Canadian Mental Health Association – Calgary Region (CMHA- Calgary) makes sure that these unsung, often hidden, heroes get the support they need to move from being lost in their loved ones lives, to a place of understanding, balance and acceptance.
CMHA – Calgary has been supporting caregivers for over 20 years. Whether through one-on-one counselling, group programs or informal drop-in supports, families are matched with the best support available. No one is turned away.
In 2016, our family received a phone call that our daughter was in the hospitalbecause she had attempted to take her own life. We were devastated.
We felt lost, confused, guilty and ashamed for not knowing or recognizing the signs. We blamed ourselves and wondered why she didn’t choose to confide in us. We learned that our daughter felt embarrassed and didn’t understand herself why she felt the way she did. The family support group helped us rediscover hope, strength and the tools we needed to be patient and positive with understanding depression and mental health, by sharing with other families who have experienced the same challenges as well
Dave and Alison’s story is not new to CMHA- Calgary. When caregivers find support from others who have that shared experience, the result is a strengthened community supporting family and friends, learning how to maintain their own wellness in the process.
Families and friends are reaching out to CMHA more than ever. We are meeting this need by providing new family support groups across our city.\
With your support we can meet the growing needs of our community and continue helping people like Dave and Alison find strength, hope and the tools they need, when they need them.