• Reaching Families Project

    Online Support for People Who Care About Someone with a Mental Illness

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by Jean
02 Apr 2019
Forum: Family and Friends of Persons with a Mental Illness (searchable)
Topic: Preparing for Moments of Crisis
Replies: 0
Views: 353

Preparing for Moments of Crisis

Mental illness is misunderstood, misrepresented and can be all-consuming, both to those who have it and those around them. Like the ocean's tide, it rises and falls in natural rhythms and just like in nature, moments of crisis can happen. These moments of crisis can occur when a person suddenly expe...
by Jean
27 Mar 2019
Forum: Family and Friends of Persons with a Mental Illness (searchable)
Topic: Medication Interactions - What You May Not Know
Replies: 0
Views: 143

Medication Interactions - What You May Not Know

Did you know that grapefruit, nicotine, cannabis and St. John’s Wort can have unexpected results on medication use and their effectiveness? These are only a few of the commonly consumed items that can have unexpected consequences when mixed with medications. When using medication, it is important to...
by Jean
26 Feb 2019
Forum: Family and Friends of Persons with a Mental Illness (searchable)
Topic: Strategies for Preventing & Preparing for Relapse
Replies: 0
Views: 264

Strategies for Preventing & Preparing for Relapse

It's a word that fills one with immediate dread: relapse. And while it may carry a negative connotation, the reality is that it is more common than we think. For individuals and caretakers alike, it is important to understand that schizophrenia is a chronic illness that can be treated but not cured....
by Jean
08 Jan 2019
Forum: Family and Friends of Persons with a Mental Illness (searchable)
Topic: Anosognosia & Mental Illness - What Is it? What Can You Do?
Replies: 0
Views: 367

Anosognosia & Mental Illness - What Is it? What Can You Do?

There are multiple reasons why a person with schizophrenia might stop engaging with treatment – such as medication side effects or poor relationships with the professionals involved in their treatment. However, one of the biggest reasons why people with serious mental illness stop taking medication ...
by Jean
23 Oct 2018
Forum: Family and Friends of Persons with a Mental Illness (searchable)
Topic: "Strengthening Families Together - First Nations" - A Mental Illness Education and Support for First Nations
Replies: 0
Views: 1245

"Strengthening Families Together - First Nations" - A Mental Illness Education and Support for First Nations

Strengthening Families Together - First Nations: Our Story, Our Journey, Our Strength Strengthening Families Together – First Nations (SFT-FN) is an education course for family members and friends of individuals with serious and persistent mental illness that provides support, awareness and tools i...
by Jean
29 Sep 2018
Forum: Family and Friends of Persons with a Mental Illness (searchable)
Topic: Cannabis & Mental Illness
Replies: 0
Views: 910

Cannabis & Mental Illness

“In the present decade, cannabis abuse has grown more rapidly than cocaine and opiate abuse.” - World Health Organization This past summer, Dr. Debbie Thompson, Radia Esop and Vivian Yih from Fraser Health Authority delivered informative presentations on cannabis use and the associated risks relate...
by Jean
26 Jul 2018
Forum: Family and Friends of Persons with a Mental Illness (searchable)
Topic: Medication Update for Families
Replies: 0
Views: 1151

Medication Update for Families

When a person has a mental illness, family members often play an important role in helping them with their medication. By reminding them to take medications, helping them develop a medication schedule and ensuring prescriptions are filled, family members can help their loved one take their medicatio...
by Jean
31 Oct 2017
Forum: Adult Children of Persons with a Mental Illness Support (visible)
Topic: hello
Replies: 4
Views: 1362

Re: hello

Hi Animallover,

I've forwarded your question on to one of our Regional Educators in the Fraser Region, her name is Shelley and she should be responding to you shortly.

Thank you for reaching out.
Jean.
by Jean
18 Sep 2017
Forum: Family and Friends of Persons with a Mental Illness (searchable)
Topic: Fear of Violence
Replies: 1
Views: 1527

Re: Fear of Violence

Dear Janey649, Thank you so very much for reaching out and supporting your friend. I've forwarded your concerns along to our Regional Educator for the Chilliwack Area, but we do have some questions for you and your friend to help us better understand the situation. You can contact our Regional Educa...
by Jean
29 Aug 2017
Forum: Adult Children of Persons with a Mental Illness Support (visible)
Topic: hello
Replies: 4
Views: 1362

Re: hello

Hi Carol, Thank you for your message. B.C. Schizophrenia Society has support groups for families across B.C. We can also connect you with one of our local Regional Educators to provide you with more direct one-on-one support. I would suggest emailing Melissa at nelson@bcss.org or giving her a call a...
by Jean
16 Aug 2017
Forum: Family and Friends of Persons with a Mental Illness (searchable)
Topic: Legal question regarding inheritance
Replies: 2
Views: 2492

Re: Legal question regarding inheritance

Hi Andrew, Thank you for your question. I just wanted to let you know that BCSS will be hosting a Wills and Trust Seminar this October in Surrey. It's free of charge and you will be able to ask the lawyers on-site any questions you might have about how to proceed. If you are interested in attending,...

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