Mental Health Week
Family caregivers, let’s #GetLoud during Mental Health Week (May 1 to 7, 2017)! This is an excellent opportunity to reflect on and advocate for the role of family caregivers in Canada’s mental health system. What can you do to join the cause? Write to your local MP and use our campaign hashtags and materials on social media to amplify the voices of family caregivers.
One in five Canadians will experience a mental illness in their lifetime. At FAME, we support the other four in that equation: the people who care for loved ones experiencing mental illness.
Our #TheOther4 campaign allows family caregivers to show their presence and value in the mental health community. At FAME, we are family members, mothers, fathers, brothers, sisters, sons, daughters, friends and loved ones. The support we give and receive is vital for everyone’s mental health.
We also want to #GetLoud and show that we are sick of waiting for our loved ones to get the care they need. The challenges experienced by families who support loved ones experiencing mental illness should not be left in silence. Families should feel no shame in talking openly about their experiences and struggles. This is an opportunity to give personal accounts of the vital support roles provided by families.
Download our Mental Health Week print-outs. All you need to do is print it, write in your message, snap a photo and share it on social media, along with hashtags like #TheOther4, #GetLoud and #MHW2017.
Here are some example messages that you can use as inspiration for your print-out:
- A Parent
- A Sibling
- A Family Member
- A friend
- The support I provide for my family member is vital.
- The mental health of Canadians depends on the support provided by family members.
- I support my loved one.
- I help my loved one navigate the mental health system.
- I need support to be able to provide care for my loved one.
- I need resources and services to adequately support my loved one.
Mental health support is…
- Educating myself so I can help my loved one navigate the mental health system.
- Attending group meetings so that I can give myself the support I need to help my loved one.
- Talking openly about my family’s challenges and asking members of my community for help.
- Learning about the causes and types of mental illness so that I can understand what my loved one is experiencing.