Media Room

Here you can browse through FAME’s latest media releases and view videos about how we serve family members and young carers who are impacted by a loved one’s mental illness.

FAME in the News

New program helps those caring for people with mental illness

Orangeville Banner, February 27, 2016

http://www.orangeville.com/news-story/6366779-new-program-helps-those-caring-for-people-with-mental-illness/

Mental illness is a family illness

The Toronto Star, March 13, 2015

http://www.thestar.com/life/health_wellness/2015/03/13/mental-illness-is-a-family-illness.html

Mental Health First Aid course at FAME helps take the stigma out of suffering.

The Etobicoke Guardian, August 2014

http://www.insidetoronto.com/news-story/4753397-mental-health-first-aid-course-at-fame-helps-take-the-stigma-out-of-suffering/

Media Releases

New Mental Health Support Group for Family Caregivers in Bolton

The Family Association for Mental Health Everywhere (FAME) has expanded its services to include a new family support group in Bolton. This free monthly support group, set to begin on June 1, 2017, is for family members and caregivers who support an individual experiencing a mental health concern.

Download: Bolton Support Group Media Release – May 2017

Download: Bolton Support Group Social Media Image

FAME Responds to the Growing Need of Mental Health Services in a Community Where Services are Fractured

The Family Association for Mental Health Everywhere (FAME) is expanding services to caregivers in Orangeville. One-in-five people in Canada will experience diagnosable mental health problems or illnesses in their lifetime. FAME is happy to announce that, effective this month (February 2016), it will be providing support services to family members and caregivers who are impacted by a loved one’s mental health concern in Orangeville and surrounding communities.

Download: FAME Orangeville Media Release – February 2016

The Family Association for Mental Health Everywhere(FAME) Applauds the United Way of Peel

The Family Association for Mental Health Everywhere (FAME) applauds the United Way of Peel in their undertaking and the subsequent release of “Mapping the Mental Health System in Peel Region: Challenges and Opportunities”. It’s clear all participants share their vision, their insight and opportunities to improve the current mental health system and the priority areas where these changes are most needed in the Region of Peel. One-in-five people in Canada will experience diagnosable mental health problems or illnesses in their lifetime; in Peel that represents a staggering 259,362 residents.

Download: FAME Response to press release – January 2014

Simply Divas. The Supper Club Series Fundraising Event Celebrates Resilience and Recovery for Families Impacted by Mental Illness

Family Association for Mental Health Everywhere (FAME), is pleased to announce that FAME will kick-off Mental Health Awareness Month on Wednesday, October 1st with the return of its spectacular fundraising event, simply divas, the Supper Club Series. at Böehmer Restaurant (93 Ossington Avenue). This event brings together stellar talent, iconic music, and Boehmer’s spectacular space and sumptuous fare for an unforgettable entertainment experience. Performers include Jennifer Walls, Now’s Artist to Watch and Leah Canali.

Download: Simply Divas Media Release – Final

Story Starters

FAME values responsible journalism, story-sharing, and information-sharing. We encourage writers to be respectful and mindful in their choice of language. We discourage any journalism that perpetuates stigma or defines an individual by their illness. We believe in putting the people, and the families, first. The ideas and testimonials below can be used to inspire and support thoughtful journalism and storytelling.

  1. It can be tough growing up around mental illness. FAMEkids is a very unique and special program for children that builds upon the child’s existing knowledge and resiliency skills. One of the goals of FAMEkids is to help children recognize that they are not responsible for their family member’s illness. In a world where children feel powerless at times, at FAME they learn that they can have the power to be happy and healthy, and to not feel ashamed of their family’s struggles with mental illness.
  2. Who helps the caregiver? With so much attention on the statistic of 1 in 5 Canadians experiencing mental health issues we respectfully ask, “Who helps the other 4 people in that group?” This is FAME’s reason for being. FAME is deeply committed to ensuring all families and caregivers can live with hope and intention, sustained by the knowledge that they are not alone.
  3. Navigating the mental health system can feel like a maze. Parents and family members are often faced with incredible challenges in trying to advocate for their loved one who is ill. Privacy laws leave them feeling powerless. FAME Family Support Workers can listen to the family member and offer practical advice on how to best handle these communications issues. FAME also actively advocates for the family voice to be heard by doing outreach in the community.

Testimonials

FAMEkids Program

“Our daughter loved attending the FAMEkids group! Although shy at first, she made some great friendships that carried over even after the group was completed. Peer supports seems to be a great outlet for her, and we think that knowing she isn’t the only child in her situation makes it easier to talk to others about her life.”

FAMEkids Parent

Recovery Journey

“FAME has been an anchor on which we have based our recovery as individuals and as a family.”

Family Member

“Our goal is to support families in learning self-care, navigating the system and to provide the comfort of knowing they are not alone. When I see the journey that these families take, I realize how strong we really are.”

Stephanie Kerr, Family Outreach Worker, FAME Mississauga

Supportive Counselling

“I know that there are several steps we must take to deal with our son and his illness. FAME helps us to know which step to take next.”

Family Member

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