Intake for our Fall Family-to-Family course is now open.

The course will start the week of October 4th, 2021.

As demand for our Spring course was higher than ever, we highly recommend registering now to secure your spot.

What is Family-to-Family?
Our Family-to-Family mental health course is a free, eight-week educational program for families, significant others, and friends of a loved one with mental illness across B.C. It is one of Pathways’ most sought-after programs and runs twice a year. Due to COVID-19 we are offering it online.

It is taught using a team approach, by two trained family-member volunteers with lived experience. The course was developed under the aegis of the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) in the United States and is licensed and adapted for use in British Columbia.

Family-to-Family provides up-to-date information on the nature, causes and treatments for many different mental illnesses. But it is more than just an educational course; is also a course in empowerment. It changes the people who take it, giving them new strength and confidence to better care for not only their loved one with mental illness, but themselves too. Through the course, you’ll gain the knowledge and skills to cope more effectively and better care for your loved one with a mental illness. You’ll also have regular opportunities to share your experience and knowledge with others and create lasting connections with a community who have similar experiences to you.

What topics does the course cover?
– Different aspects of mental illness, including up-to-date information on the nature, cause of mental illnesses and how they affect the brain
– Current information on treatment options available
– Ways to handle a crisis
– Getting, understanding and reevaluating diagnoses
– Advocating for care
– The impact of mental illness on the entire family
– How to navigate the mental health system in B.C.
– Effective communication and problem-solving skills
– Compassion-centered approaches for supporting a loved one with a mental health condition
– Self-care strategies
– Stress management tips and advice

Who can attend?
This course is for families, significant others and friends of a loved one with a mental illness, including anxiety disorders, PTSD, bipolar disorder, depression, borderline personality disorder, concurrent disorders and schizophrenia.

Course details
– 8 sessions
– delivered once a week
– peer-led

Session format
Participants work through worksheets and activities as a group with regular points in each session dedicated to sharing experiences and knowledge.

Contact us
If you have any questions before registering, please get in touch:

604-926-0856
familysupport@pathwayssmi.org