What mental health professionals and others say about this guide:
This guide is the single best resource I have
read for those people who care for and about someone with a mental illness.
In plain language, it describes all those pragmatic and personal issues
that can be all too easily overlooked or forgotten in the heat of the
moment, be it in an emergency room, a doctor's office, or at home.
David S. Goldbloom, MD, FRCPC
Senior Medical Advisor, Education and Public Affairs, Centre
for Addiction and Mental Health; Professor of Psychiatry, University
This is an excellent, medically sound resource
in the management of mental illness.
Psychiatrist in Chief, Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre and Women's
is a pioneering and highly practical guide for a person supporting someone
who is starting treatment for mental illness. Full of useful and accurate
advice, it skilfully blends the views of health professionals, care
recipients and people who have been in the role of 'companion' ... The
authors have thoroughly researched their topic and are to be commended
for its balanced approach.
Sarah Romans, MD/PSYCHIATRIST
First Shirley A. Brown chair in Women's Mental Health (a collaboration
of the University of Toronto, the Centre for Research in Women's
Health, and the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health, Toronto)
a time when health care dollars are being stretched to past the breaking
point, this piece promotes the development of healthy support systems
for our clients. In the future, there will be increasing pressure for
families and companions to be more involved, and this guide will be
Darryl Jackson, MSW, RSW
Social Worker, Psychiatric Day Hospital, Eric Martin Pavilion,
at their first contact with the mental health treatment system often
feel numb, fearful, confused, disorganized, vulnerable, quick to anger,
or any combination of these emotions. Just when they most want to be
a calm and effective advocate for their loved one, they don't know how
to navigate in this unfamiliar world. With this booklet as their guide,
they will be able to act compassionately and in the best interest of
their friend or relative. These writers clarify and make sense of a
very difficult time.
Former Executive Director, Capital Mental Health Association,
is a wonderful piece of work ... On behalf of the entire Roundtable
Board, we compliment and thank you for this gift to Canada and Canadians.
It flows from where all great gifts must flow - the heart.
Co-founder and ceo, Global Business and Economic Roundtable
on Addiction and Mental Health
the average Canadian company a mental health disorder afflicts one to
three employees in ten. This authoritative guide will ... provide practical
advice for managers on how to cope with the effects of mental illness.
Every employee should have a copy.
President, New Paradigm Learning Corporation