Alternative Residences Alternatives employees bring their pets once a month to the main office to mingle with the residents.
Once a month on a rotation, the Community Residences provide an activity for all the residents. The Church St. residence hosts a bingo night every second Friday.
Transition provides short term (1-3 years) residential services and training to help and encourage clients to make the transition back to community living. Depending on the individuals needs, training is given in areas such as meal planning/preparation, money management, daily living skills (proper dressing, personal hygiene, laundry, etc.), social skills, leisure activities, awareness and proper usage of community resources (public transportation, libraries, educational facilities, etc).
Strengthening Families Together
This program was developed through the Schizophrenia Society of Canada and sponsored by AstraZeneca Canada Incorporated and Eli Lilly. The program is a 10 session national education program that provides family and friends with information about living with a mental illness. Strengthening Families Together program (SFT) is more than education. It provides participants with support, awareness and tools. Participating in the program gives family and friends an opportunity to discover the information they are searching for in an environment of mutual support. They learn how to reduce their own stress and the program equips them for their new responsibilities.
These sessions consist of an educational element and support group element. This program is based on the recovery model and the recovery process is affected by a number of interactive factors. These factors include the treatment environment, medication, psychological therapies, factors within the person and factors within the person’s family and social environment, Therecovery process is not linear and will vary from person to person. Research shows that active family support can have an important impact on the recovery process.
Families have an opportunity to discuss the daily challenges that they face and learn to connect with others in a peer support environment.
Families gain access to reliable and consistent information about both mental illness and mental health services. Because this program is based on the recovery model they also develop an understanding of recovery and of the impact of stigma associated with mental illness.
Families are better equipped with problem solving, coping, advocacy and communication skills.
The primary target group are families and friends of people who have developed a mental illness.
Objectives of the Group
- To provide a support and self help group, which offers information to families, friends and caregivers of those with a mental illness.
- To provide some professional support and learning skills, overall education about mental illness and the services provided.
- Recognize the impact of psychosis on the family
This is accomplished by providing:
- Providing understanding of the signs, symptoms and the facts about psychotic illness.
- Understanding the current knowledge and treatment options available
- Understanding the mental health system and advocacy
- Helpful and practical strategies for interacting with service providers
- Provide them with tools to develop a self care plan
- Introduced to the basics of the provincial mental health system
- To understand how advocacy can bring about positive change for individuals and communities