Mental Health Mind Map Podcast Series

Mental Health Mind Map Podcast Series

#Episode 5: Where caregivers should draw the line when helping loved ones in trouble with mental health

In partnership with Calgary Journal Health, CMHA Calgary is publishing podcasts and news stories about mental health issues across the city. Stories will be published every Monday on our Balance Blog, or you can track these stories using the hashtag #CalgaryJournalHealth.

In this Mental Health Mind Map podcast series, two peer facilitators of CMHA Calgary share their personal journeys as mental health caregivers and talk about their own struggles with mental health.

By Sadie Johnson, Gabriel Reed, Jayme Crosser

According to the Canadian Mental Health Association, in any given year, one in five Canadians will personally experience a mental health issue or illness.

What is sometimes forgotten is the toll that illness can have on family members, friends or work colleagues.

Jenna Warren and Sam Eady are peer facilitators with CMHA Calgary, who help run an 8-week course called Finding Your Balance. They help provide caregivers with emotional support, and access to resources.

They also have personal experience in caregiver roles.

“We understand how hard and tough it can be sometimes, and that the family as a unit needs support,” says Warren.

Eady explains how peer supporting isn’t just about giving advice, but also listening.

“It’s really about meeting people where they’re at in their journey,” says Eady.

The caregiver course is part of the CMHA’s Recovery College program, which requires pre-registration but is free to the public.