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Does your family

  • understand your symptoms?

  • know how to help you?

  • understand what you need?

  • understand your recovery process?

  • know how to help you with recovery?

  • have a good relationship with you?

Family Psychoeducation can help you and your family work together towards recovery.

Understanding Family Psychoeducation

When you have a mental illness, it can be hard on the whole family. Sometimes it may feel like your family doesn’t understand what you’re going through, or how to help you. Family psychoeducation is a way you can recover with your family’s help. It is a way your family can learn what kind of help you would like from them.

Who is Family Psychoeducation for?

This program will help if you have a mental illness and other problems, especially when a stay in the hospital has been necessary. Family psychoeducation has been shown to be helpful for persons with:

  • schizophrenia

  • schizoaffective disorder

  • bipolar illness

Who is included in Family Psychoeducation?

  • major depression

  • borderline personality disorder.

Anyone who is helping and/or supporting you in your recovery - parents, other relatives, close friends, neighbors. They do not have to live in your house or apartment.

How will Family Psychoeducation help?

You and your family learn ways to work together to support your recovery by solving problems that interfere with recovery. Your participation in this program may result in fewer symptoms, fewer relapses, and better relationships. The goal is to help you with recovery while getting more out of community life. You and your family work with practitioners to solve problems like...

  • finding and keeping a job

  • taking part in social activities

  • family stress

  • disagreements about medication

  • lack of energy

  • drugs and alcohol

What do other people have to say?

“It was only after I entered a multi-family group about four years ago that I came to terms with my illness . . .right off you could see that its organized to help the patient and the family find out what works for you as an individual. The thing that really helped me start to change is the problem solving [format]. You could see other people trying things and moving ahead that gave you hope to try things, too.” -- a consumer

Family Psychoeducation Toolkit


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