Programs for Family Members
The Mood Disorders Association of Ontario offers two main areas of support for families, and those they are supporting:
These programs can benefit you by providing the skills, knowledge and assistance necessary to navigate the system, make informed decisions and build strong support networks. They will also ensure an increased number of individuals, family members and caregivers receive clinical, educational, peer, and recovery services to support their vital role in providing appropriate, timely, and effective care.
These programs are funded by the Toronto Central Local Health Integration Network (LHIN).
“It Starts Here” – Recognizing Mood Disorders in Youth
It Starts Here is a free 1.5 hour long presentation available to parents, schools and communities across the GTA. Parents that attend will be provided with information on mood disorders in youth and information about how to help their kids if they are struggling. In addition, the audience will have the opportunity to hear a personal story of a parent who has raised a teen with a mood disorder and/or experienced a mood disorder themselves. If you are interested in bringing this presentation to your school, please contact Leanne Needham, Coordinator of Family and Youth Programs at 416-486-8046 x225 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Peer Support for Families
For information on our 9 week educational support group for families called Strengthening Families Together, please contact us at (416) 486-8046.
We offer a regular peer support drop in group for family members of people living with a mood disorder. Just check out the free family peer support groups listed below.