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

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.

FAMEKids is a program for children aged 7-12 years old, who have a family member with a mental illness. FAMEkids helps kids learn about mental health in an age-appropriate manner and equips them with coping skills through artwork, discussion and games in a safe, kid-friendly environment. Children learn that they are not alone and to not feel ashamed of their family’s struggle with mental illness. A light healthy snack is provided. ****There is no fee for FAMEkids but registration is required.

Where: 50 Burnhamthorpe Road West | Mississauga, ON M9C 3J5

When: Thursdays from 4:30 p.m. until 6:00 p.m. October 2 – November 20, 2014

Contact: Anie Najarian 416-207-5032 Ext. 26 | fame@fameforfamilies.com | anien@fameforfamilies.com | www.fameforfamilies.com

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