Group Name: Family Association for Mental Health Everywhere (FAME) – Dual Diagnosis

Description: FAME supports families so that they can live their lives and care for themselves and their loved ones, even in the face of mental health challenges. Their goal is for no family to experience these challenges alone. FAME helps reduce the stress of coping with mental illness by strengthening and supporting family members in your role as caregivers. They can provide advocacy, education, referrals and counseling to families and caregivers facing the challenges of any mental health issue. FAME works hard to ensure that families have a strong voice within the communities. They are based on a self-help model which respects and supports the expertise that families have regarding their mentally ill relative and their experience in the system.

Dual Diagnosis is defined as having a developmental disability as well as mental health needs. Developmental disabilities are liberally defined to include Autism, Down Syndrome, acquired brain injuries, learning disabilities, attention difficulties and a range of intellectual levels. At FAME, we understand that this combination can test your coping skills and those of your loved one. Facing complex and long term challenges is not easy. It’s important to recognize that you, the caregiver will need support along this journey. We’re here to help.

  • By educating family members about the mental health system.
  • Providing information and referral for community resources.
  • Sharing learnings to better navigate the mental health system.
  • Offering advocacy and support for self-advocacy.

Where: 268 Royal York Road, Second floor | Etobicoke, ON M8V 2V9

When: Meetings held in Etobicoke, Scarborough, North York, Mississauga, Bolton. Check website for details.

Contact: Paul O’Donnell 416-913-2144 | fame@fameforfamilies.com | paulo@fameforfamilies.com | www.fameforfamilies.com

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