Caring for a family member with a serious mental illness (mainly schizophrenia and bipolar disorder) is often extremely stressful for families; it impacts them financially, emotionally, socially and physically, reports an article published recently in the Huffington Post.
Hoping to improve the situations for the tens of thousands of families in this situation, a group of 45 B.C. families sent suggestions to the Mental Health Commission of Canada with the hope that the Commission would adopt them and help support families. Their suggestions were sent via e-mail and were widely distributed, according to the article. The commission defines itself as “a catalyst for transformative change” with the goal to, among other things, “improve services and support.” The organization arose from the report Out of the Shadows at Last — Transforming Mental Health, Mental Illness and Addiction Services in Canada in 2006. It received federal funding in 2007.