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INFORMATION FOR FAMILIES AND OTHER SUPPORTERS

Would it help if your family

  • understood more about symptoms of mental illness?

  • knew how to help with a mental illness?

  • could help better with recovery?

  • had less stress overall?

Family Psychoeducation can help your family with these concerns.

Understanding Family Psychoeducation

When someone you care about has a serious mental illness, it can be hard on the whole family. You want to help your family member get better, but may not know how. Family psychoeducation is a way you can help your family member get better and make life less stressful for your whole family.

Do I have to be a family member?

No. You just have to be willing to be supportive of the person with mental illness. You do not have to live in the same house. Other relatives, close friends, and even neighbors can be very helpful.

How can this help my family?

  • You learn about mental illness.

  • You learn that other people have similar needs and experiences.

  • You may have improved family relationships and general health.

  • You learn new ways to deal with the common problems caused by the illness, problems

that often create stress, confusion and disagreements, such as:

  • taking medication

  • finding and keeping a job

  • taking part in social activities

How does it work?

You and your family meet as a single family with a practitioner or in a group with other families of people with mental illness. Groups are held every other week for several months. Studies have shown the best results occur when your family meets for at least nine months. Additional time promotes improved outcomes.

What is the format of family psychoeducation?

Introductory sessions

Family members meet with a practitioner, together or separately. The focus is to talk about what is going on, such as troubling symptoms, daily routine, lack of a job, etc. The family and practitioner start to develop a partnership during this time.

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