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Family Mental Health Initiative



Mission Statement: To provide support through, education, training and referral to the family members of those individuals with serious and persistent mental illness difficulties. This will enable those families to adequately fulfill their roles in relationship to their family member(s), the mental health system and the community.

In 1999, the Family Mental Health Initiative of Simcoe County (FMHI) was established by family members looking for support. To this day, FMHI continues to build upon its core services: education, training, resources and volunteer opportunities. FMHI is an Initiative working to develop a stronger voice for families in the mental health system, to strengthen the supports provided to families, and to raise awareness of issues from a family perspective.

Family Mental Health Initiative of Simcoe County is sponsored by Canadian Mental Health Association, Simcoe County Branch and supported by Family Mental Health Initiative of Simcoe County’s Management Group. The Management Group consists of volunteer members who are family members and friends of persons with lived mental health experience as well as service providers from the mental health sector.

How we can assist:

  • Family Support Groups
  • Community educational forums
  • A family conference
  • System navigation support
  • A Family Crisis Plan
  • “Family Matters” quarterly newsletter
  • 11 Resource Kits for Families
  • Family Resource Series – new topics will continue to be added

    1. Family Members, Supporters and Friends
    2. Coping with Crisis
    3. Understanding Diagnosis
    4. Older Adults
    5. Dual Diagnosis & Concurrent Disorder
  • Point for Parents
    1. Youth and Bullying
    2. Youth and Suicide
    3. Youth and Self-Harm
    4. Youth and Self-Esteem
    5. Youth and Mental Illness
    6. Youth and Addiction
    7. Youth and Anger
    8. Youth and Early Identification and Intervention
  • Volunteer opportunities
  • Advocacy for improved services on various community, hospital and North Simcoe Muskoka Local Health Integrated Network committees
    A lending library for information specific to family members’ concerns while dealing with mental health, illness and addictions which includes books, videos, audio tapes, and pamphlets. The lending library is located at 151 Essa Rd., in Barrie.

We believe in:

  • Hope and Recovery
  • Self-help
  • Effective education and training
  • Sharing our stories
  • Family involvement and support
  • Supporting each other
  • Making our voices heard
  • Making a difference

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Contact Information:

Phone: 705-725-0363
Toll Free: 1-800-324-3252
Fax: 705-719-0908