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Recovery involves the collaboration of community. Families are an integral part of this community. The Family Recovery Education series at the Canadian Mental Health Association, funded in part by the United Way, supports families by offering information on how to create a rich environment where all members not only survive, but thrive in the face of mental illness. The group consists of ten weekly sessions where families come together to learn the skills needed to support a loved one living with a mental illness. The group helps to reduce the isolation so often experienced in families creating a new community of its own:
The course “has been such an eye opener and provided us with so much helpful information. I don't know where we would have been without it. We felt very fortunate in getting into the healing process at an early stage. We will miss our gatherings. We made some wonderful new friends and have so much information that we would not have had without this training. I am sure we speak for all the participants when saying we are so much farther along our journey than we were two months ago. We have tools and information to help us cope and hopefully we have the wisdom to use our training to assist our loved one”.
Family Recovery Education Series Participant
United Way of Thunder Bay is leading the way to a better community by improving the quality of life for all local people. By collaborating with community partners, we are leading the way to addressing social issues in our community and investing in three critical areas: Poverty, Kids and Strong Communities. Donations to the United Way are strategically invested across Thunder Bay to many vital programs and initiatives in these areas, creating a social safety net that works to achieve lasting change for our neighbours, families and friends.© 2017 United Way of Thunder Bay