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Supporting Someone With a Mental Illness or Addiction

In Case Of An Emergency

If you think someone may harm themselves, you, or someone else, call 911 or the 988 Suicide Crisis Helpline immediately. Advise the operator that the call is a mental health and/or addiction emergency.

The reality of caregiving for someone with mental illness and/or addictions can be complex. Mental health issues can come with stigma, and lengthy wait-times for specialized services.

For caregivers, this reality can create challenges to find the support you need.

Steps you can take right now:

Get Help

Explore our resources below to find community support, peer groups and more.

Caring for Someone With Addiction
What’s in this podcast:

Host Michelle Jobin is joined by Louise White, co-founder of Families for Addiction Recovery to discuss free services available to all Canadians.

I’m a caregiver

Caring for: Brother


Steve’s Caregiver Story: It’s Important to Know You’re Not Alone

Steve shares insights and tips learned while caring for his brother, who suffered from schizophrenia.

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Most of us, at some point in our lives, will be a caregiver to someone close to us. A caregiver provides physical and/or emotional support to a family member, partner, friend, or neighbour. Who do you care for?