Programs and Services
FAME offers confidential one-on-one supportive counselling for individuals and families. Counselling includes education, self-care, solution-focused assistance and referrals to other community resources. Find your local Family Support Worker.
FAME’s family support workers can be reached by telephone and email. Visit out contact page to get in touch with your local support worker. For urgent telephone support, visit our crisis resources page.
FAME offers ongoing monthly support groups for families across the Greater Toronto Area and Peel Region. Groups are in a drop-in format and are facilitated by FAME staff. Joining a support group is a great way for family caregivers to practice self-care. Have a look at our monthly schedule and find a support group near you.
FAMEkids supports children aged 7 to 12 and youth aged 13 to 17 who have a family member with a mental illness. Through specialized programming, FAMEkids provides a therapeutic approach to introducing the topic of mental illness to children and youth, promoting resilience in a safe, age-appropriate environment. The program educates and helps young individuals understand mental illness through artwork, discussions and games.
For more information, please visit our FAMEkids website.
Sashbear – Family Connections Program
Family Connections™ (FC) is an evidence-based 12-week group that meets weekly to provide education, skills training, and support for people who are in a relationship with someone who has emotion dysregulation or related problems. This is a community based program that is run 3 times per year in partnership with the FAME Mississauga Office.
For more information, please visit http://sashbear.org/en/family-connections/family-connections-2
Do you have a family member or loved one experiencing addiction and/or mental illness? In partnership with the Canadian Mental Health Association – Peel Branch (CMHA Peel), FAME offers a six-week educational program for families supporting someone with a mental illness and/or addiction. The program emphasizes: engaging in supportive communication, setting healthy limits and boundaries, supporting goals and applying methods of self-care. This program is run periodically throughout the year, around the GTA.
FAME organizes monthly educational speaker events featuring knowledgeable professionals and community members who present on a variety of practical and relevant topics. Families can stay well-informed and updated about changes in the health care system and supports that are available to them and their loved one with a mental health concern. Events are PWYC, but FAME appreciates all support and donations which help to offset the costs of our educational events.