Remodelling the Village: Supporting Parents with Mental Illness

I think it depends on where you live in BC how much support you get from the CMFD and its very difficult to get a coordinated effort when the whole family is dealing with trauma. Click here to read the full article or an excerpt below.


While mental health researchers and clinicians have developed a better understanding of mental illness as a family issue, our adult mental health, children’s welfare and legal systems have not changed in stride to meet family needs. The separate and sometimes adversarial nature of these systems is a far cry from the model of a whole village working together for the well-being of children – and their parents. It will be difficult to integrate, but not impossible, as the British Columbia experience has shown. A way needs to be found to educate, encourage and support informal relationships of family, friends and neighbours, in order to minimize the need for formal services. Whether a parent has social supports in the community should not be based on luck.



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