For families in both single and multi-family psychoeducation, this is a key element. Families come together in a classroom session to learn the basics of mental illness, as well as what the family can do to work together towards recovery and stay well.
You meet every two weeks for the first months, then once a month for as long as you choose to meet. You may choose to meet as a single family or in a group. You learn to deal with the problems in a practical, step-by-step approach.
Who can benefit from family psychoeducation?
Families of people diagnosed with schizophrenia or schizoaffective disorder are most likely to benefit. Recently, psychoeducation has been shown to be helpful for people with bipolar disorder, major depression, obsessive compulsive disorder, and borderline personality disorder.
How does it help the consumer?
Over time, when individuals with serious mental illness and their families learn more about the illness and ways to reduce its effects, there can be many positive changes, such as:
less time in the hospital
a decreased sense of stigma
a feeling of better control over life
fewer conflicts about medication
more involvement in family life and
better job options
less depression and anxiety
How do I start?
Tell the consumer, his/her case manager, or anyone on the treatment team that you are interested in family psychoeducation.
Family Psychoeducation Toolkit