Family Support Initiative

Who are we?

The Family Support Initiative (FSI) is a community development project providing education, consultation and community development services to foster networking and peer support amongst family members of those with a serious mental illness. 

What services to we provide?

We offer a range of services and supports that include the following:

  • Support for family members and/or friends of someone experiencing a mental illness. This is provided on a one-to-one, family or group basis.
  • Information on mental illness, medications, resources, etc.
  • Facilitation of education and support groups
  • Assistance to those wishing to start self-help groups
  • Provide help to family members trying to understand and navigate the mental health system
  • Provide packages of information on mental health, mental illness and related topics
  • Assist family members in finding information via internet

We also offer the following educational and support groups

  • Family Coping Skills Program - From time to time we provide groups to help family members cope with the difficulties associated with having a family member with a mental illness. These groups are usually four to six sessions long and can be offered in one of the many communities throughout Grey and Bruce counties.

 

  • Family Information Support Meetings  - These meetings give family members a chance to meet other family members in their communities to share stories, learn information and find new helpful resources to effectively deal with mental illnesses. While we do not have the resources to operate additional ongoing groups, we would assist those who wish to continue a group on a self-help basis.

Whom do we serve?

FSI provides service to residents of Grey Bruce who are family members and/or friends of anyone with a serious mental illness.

Is there a cost?

FSI is a program of HopeGreyBruce Mental Health and Addictions Services and is funded by the Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care. Our services are offered free of charge.

Can we help you?

If you think FSI might be able to help or if you simply want more information about our services, either stop in or give us a call at (519) 371-4802. We look forward to hearing from you.

Sponsoring Agency - HopeGreyBruce Mental Health & Addictions Services

The Family Support Initiative (FSI) is a community development project providing education, consultation and community development services to foster networking and peer support amongst family members of those with a serious mental illness.
In crisis?

If you are in crisis, please call 911 or go to your nearest emergency room.  You may also call the Mental Health Crisis Line at 1-877-470-5200.

Family Support Contact Info

1101 2nd Avenue East, Suite 205
Owen Sound, Ontario N4K 2J1
Phone: (519) 371-4802
Fax: (519) 371-6138

Special Announcements
A Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) has been signed by Canadian Mental Health Association Grey Bruce, G & B House, and HopeGreyBruce Mental Health & Addiction Services. Grey Bruce Health Services (GBHS), which serves a large population of outpatient adult clients seeking mental health and addictions support, is also part of the MOU and will be working with the group to transition some of its services to the new agency.
At HopeGreyBruce, our goal is to provide our clients with the best possible mental health and addiction services we can with the resources we have. We rely on our clients to tell us whether or not we are meeting that goal…whether we are providing the services they need…whether we are helping them. Your opinion counts – please let us know what you think we are doing well…and also tell us where we need to make improvements.
HGB News
Who should attend this series? This series of four presentations will be of interest to anyone who would like to learn more about mental illness. It will be of interest to people with a mental illness , family members, friends, neighbours, nurses, social workers, physicians, clergy, students, teachers, and other health and social service workers.
If you are a family member or friend of someone with a mental illness, these meetings may be of interest to you. Would you like to hear about the experience of other who have been there? Would you like to experience support from others who really understand? Are you wondering how other families cope with mental illness? Do you want information and resources to help you understand your role as a family member?
Would you like the opportunity to share experiences and activities with other consumer/survivors? Do you seek understanding in a safe and supportive environment? Are you interested in learning how othere individuals are coping with mental illness? Do you want more information and resources to help you better understand how to live with a mental illness?
Voice of Clients!
Hope is the only thing that keeps me going. I always go to bed at night thinking tomorrow is going to be a better day…not just another day. I wouldn’t have survived without the hope that I receive from the staff at the Markdale office.