Developed in response to requests for practical assistance from family members struggling to manage the needs of relatives who have been diagnosed with major depression or bipolar disorder, the CAMH family psychoeducation program is designed help families become knowledgeable about the disorders, and to help them develop skills and strategies that will improve their ability to give ongoing care and support to their relatives.
The Depression And Bipolar Disorder Family Psychoeducational Group Manual was written by four staff at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health, all of whom have been actively involved in developing and delivering the family program. It provides group leaders with material sessions that can be delivered over an eight to twelve week period, depending on the experience of the group leaders and the needs of the group members. Each group session includes:
- core content
- directions and information for group leaders
- reproducible handouts for the participants (in English and French)