Strengthening Families Together (SFT)

A program that helps families support loved ones living with serious mental illness.

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You are not alone

Strengthening Families Together is a six-session program that provides knowledge, support, and tools for families to better cope with mental illnesses. Participating families learn about the impacts of stigma as well as information about psychosis, schizophrenia, mood disorders, and other severe and persistent mental illnesses. Topics covered include treatments for mental illness, side effects, and the impacts of substance use. Sessions also cover communication skills, stress management tools, self-care planning, crisis planning, and family advocacy. This program also provides information about the BC mental health system.

Through discussion and group exercises, families build supportive connections with others who share similar experiences and learn how to access BCSS Family Support Groups, services, and other resources available across the province.

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What's included?

The course is open to new or returning participants. The sessions cover the following topics:

  • Understanding mental illness
  • Treatments
  • Effective communication
  • Impact on caregivers
  • System supports

Registration is open, and the course is free!

For more information, please email, or contact your local BCSS educator.

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