FAME Family and Caregiver Support Services

Reconnect’s FAME Family and Caregiver Support Services offer a range of supports to family members and caregivers who have a loved one experiencing a mental health concern. Services include drop-in support groups, one-on-one counselling, and specialized programming for children and youth. Please see below to learn more about an individual service or program:

Reconnect offers confidential one-on-one supportive counselling for individuals and families. Counselling includes education, self-care, solution-focused assistance, and referrals to other community resources.

Telephone Support – One-on-one support can be provided by telephone or in the community. Some days it’s more difficult to cope and you need someone on the other end of the phone. Contact your local Family Support Worker for service.

Reconnect offers free monthly drop-in family support groups across the GTA and Peel Region. These groups are for family members and caregivers who support a loved one experiencing a mental health concern. Support groups are an excellent way for caregivers to practice self-care, learn from others with similar experiences, and build a supportive community. Groups are facilitated in a drop-in format by Reconnect’s Family Support Workers. See below for location and contact information for each group. Please call the Family Support Worker for your area before attending your first group.

For more information please see our brochure.

Reconnect FAMEkids is a free, 10 week after-school program for children ages 7-12. Small group sizes allow participants to explore and share experiences in a peer-supported environment. Topics include an introduction to mental illness, how the brain works, types of illnesses and causes, coping strategies, keeping safe, working through fears, and planning for the future. A nutritious meal is provided at each

Reconnect FAMEyouth offers a young carers support group for youth 16-29 who are supporting a loved one with a mental health issue, as well as periodic 4-session FAMEyouth programming for 13-17 year olds.

Individual support can be provided to children and youth throughout the Greater Toronto Area on short-term (3 sessions), intermittent, and/or an on-going basis depending on individual needs.

See the links below for location and contact information for the FAMEkids and FAMEyouth programs.

Our application form can be downloaded here, and sent to Reconnect’s Intake department.

Please see our brochure  or the FAMEkids website for more information.

Family Connections™ (FC) is an evidence-based 12-week group that meets weekly to provide education, skills training, and support for people who are in a relationship with someone who has emotion dysregulation or related problems. This is a community-based program that is run three times per year in partnership with the FAME Mississauga Office.

For more information, please visit http://sashbear.org/en/family-connections/family-connections-2

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