Family Toolkit

2010ToolkitCoverImageHow You Can Help: A Toolkit for Families

Now with web links updated for 2010 – New: clickable links in web version, printable high resolution book version, updated links.

[More information for families here] [Regional services for families here]

There are now three formats for the toolkit, the individual pdf versions with separate modules (below), the html version (below that) and the high resolution book versions for organizations who would like to create printed copies of the entire toolkit in a book format to distribute to families.

Web and Separate Module Version

If you are a family member looking to just view or print those sections that apply to you, we suggest using the files below.

The family toolkit consists of an introduction and five learning modules:

  • Introduction: Overview of Family Toolkit (170 KB)
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  • Module 1: Understanding Mental and Substance Use Disorders presents an overview of common mental and substance use disorders and how to seek help if you suspect your family member is experiencing mental health problems.
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  • Module 2: Supporting Recovery from a Mental or Substance Use Disorder provides information and practical resources that can help families and their family member effectively manage their mental illness on a day-to-day basis and prevent a relapse of symptoms.
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  • Module 3: Communication and Problem-Solving Skills provides practical skill training in effective communication and problem-solving.
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  • Module 4: Caring for Yourself and Other Family Members informs on how a family member’s illness impacts all members of the family and suggestions for coping.
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  • Module 5: Children and Youth in the School System provides information for parents on supports and services needed to ensure that children and adolescents with a mental illness can work to the best of their ability in school.
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Download all files as a zip

Family Toolkit web version

When a family member suffers from a mental illness, one of the most important things to do is to take the time to learn about the disorder. By educating yourself as much as you can about the mental or substance use disorder, you can take an active role in your family member’s recovery. The Family Toolkit was designed to assist families in caring for a family member with a mental illness by providing information and practical resources.

Look at the toolkit as a web-book online

Can I print this toolkit out as a book and distribute it to clients?

We’d love for you to do that. This book is a rich, 100+ page resource for families. Reproduction rights are granted provided you use it for non-profit educational purposes. If you would like to publish the toolkit as a bound book to give to family members or professionals, you can download the high-resolution book format pdf files in the folder below. If you have trouble downloading it, just email your request to and we’ll send you a zipped archive containing the file.

Take a “Walk Through the Toolkit” PowerPoint overview (1.2MB)