Consumer & Family Support
CMHA’s Consumer & Family Support Program can:
- assist you in locating self-help groups, professionally led groups and other community resources;
- offer support in creating self-help groups and provide support to existing groups;
- provide a meeting place for your self-help group or help your group find a meeting space;
- provide an avenue for you to promote your group or service by including your information in the “Directory of Self –Help Groups and Community Resources in Prince Edward Island”, an annual publication of the Consumer and Family Support Program, or by listing your group in the weekly Self-Help Column in local newspapers;
- provide a wide variety of educational resources through our resource libraries;
- set up and deliver, through a network of trained family educators (with professional support), With Hope in Mind education courses in many locations across the Island … these courses are designed to educate
- family members about the major mental illnesses and
- provide presentations to your business/community organization covering mental illness/health issues and promoting mental health.
For information about mental health issues and about mental illnesses, please drop in to one of our Resource Libraries and browse through our pamphlets, books, audio tapes and videos. Like any other library, you can borrow the materials you want and view them at home at your leisure. Although our libraries are small in size, their content is focused on materials that have a mental health/mental illness theme, making it easy for you to find the materials you need.
CMHA offers a variety of presentations (many are Powerpoint format) that are suitable for delivery in a ‘lunch and learn’ format. These presentations can take from 45 minutes to 90 minutes to deliver (depending on the time available) and we try to tailor the content to the needs of the organization. Over the past five years our presentations have been delivered to Island businesses, government departments (municipal, provincial and federal), school staff, service clubs and organizations plus many other community groups (including youth groups).
With Hope in Mind, is a provincial, family-to-family, education and support program delivered by trained family member volunteers supported by the Consumer and Family Support Program. It is a program designed to educate and support family members of someone with a mental illness.