Help and Support

For someone with lived experience of mental illness, getting the right help and support, when they need it most, is critical. Friends, family, caregivers, and doctors all have a role to play in helping you to manage your illness and maintain your recovery. Community organizations can provide essential services, social opportunities, as well as skills training and employment assistance.

Here, we feature personal stories, tips, and profiles of community organizations. We hope some of the information will help you to decide what help and support you, or a loved one, may need.

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D, who prefers to remain anonymous, is a parent of an adult child living with schizophrenia. She lives in Halifax Regional Municipality. Here, she shares what that journey has been like for her and her son.

Anna Quon discovers how one woman maintains her independence while embracing growing older.

Anna Quon explores the secret for getting out of bed in the morning, especially when you don't want to.

Anna Quon explores what it means to grieve.

We all grieve in our own way. There are things we can do to help ease the pain and manage our grief.

Roy Ellis— motorcyclist, writer, spiritual counsellor— is acutely aware of the fragility of life. “I work in bereavement,” he says, over ice tea at a local coffee shop. “Every day I see people die.”

Anna Quon asks whether the five stages of grief are still relevant.

Debi Noye shares her tips for getting a good night's sleep.

Debi Noye shares how she learned to give herself a break.

Capital Health’s 250 Homes - a safe, affordable housing and case management initiative for individuals living with Mental Illness - was launched in 2007 as a pilot project in partnership with Killam Properties and Capital Health's Mental Health Program.  Killam subsidized 10 apartment units for $100 to $135 a month for individuals living with mental illness. These individuals were identified and supported through case management by Capital Health.

Anna Quon explores the role religious faith can play in the life of a person who is living with mental illness.

Anna Quon is an experienced international traveller. She's just returned from several months in the Czech Republic and wrote about her experiences in her blog. Here, she offers some tips for people who are living with a mental illness and who are planning to travel to other countries.

Anna Quon shares her experiences as a self-confessed email addict and how she makes time to be unplugged.

Community Mental Health has changed the way individuals access their services.

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