What changes will I see?
Studies show that when you and your family learn to solve problems related to your illness, your path to recovery will have:
more involvement in family life and social activities
better health and fewer medical problems for all family members
better work opportunities
less time in the hospital
less need for medication
less depression, more energy and
Plus... Your family can help you reach your goals.
How does it work?
You become part of a team made up of you, your family and practitioners. Sometimes, families of other people with mental illness are involved, too. While working on your recovery, you learn the difference between the illness and who you are as a person.
You and your family meet with a practitioner, together or separately. You talk about what is going on, such as your hopes for the future, family problems, your symptoms, or medication.
You and your family learn about your mental illness and ways you all can help with your recovery...especially by staying well.
You and your family learn how to identify and deal with the problems that mental illness puts in the way of recovery and life. Sometimes there is more than one family in the group; then you share information and ideas for getting ahead. You meet once every other week, for as long as you find it helpful.
How do I start?
Tell your family, case manager, therapist, nurse or psychiatrist you are interested in this type of program.
Family Psychoeducation Toolkit