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Care for the Caregiver


Mental Health Caregiver Guide

Are you supporting someone who is living with a mental health challenge or illness?

The Mental Health Caregiver Guide is a tool to support Canadian caregivers of children, youth, adults, and older adults facing mental illness or experiencing mental health challenges. Ottawa Public Health (OPH) has partnered with the Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA), the Canadian Public Health Association (CPHA), Military Family Services (MFS), and the Mental Illness Caregivers Association (MICA) to develop the national resource.

The guide provides valuable information and tools to learn how to take care of yourself so that you can remain healthy and reliable.

Check out the complete guide!  

Have questions? Contact the Veteran Family Program Coordinator at 204-765-3000 ext. 4557.
The Veteran Family Program Coordinator is now offering virtual programs!

Care for the Caregiver (virtual)
If you are caring for someone undergoing mental health challenges, whether it be your spouse, child, parent, or friend, this presentation is for you. Care for the Caregiver is a program created by The Canadian Mental Health Association, MFS and many other significant mental health partners to share information to support caregivers.

You will learn:
  • new coping strategies
  • the importance of self care and how to accommodate your needs while caregiving
  • develop your self awareness tools
  • review care-giving responsibilities and discuss challenges
  • review local resources that will help you along the way
Friday, June 26 (just in time for PTSD awareness day)
1:00-3:00 p.m. 
No cost to participant
Register through our newsetter or by calling the Ashley by Friday, June 19
Platform: Zoom

Register through our newsletter: MFRC June Newsletter
Register by phone: 204-765-3000 x 4557

One-on-One Self Care Workshops
Available to ALL community members - Available upon request 
If you are struggling to work self care into your new schedule, or would just like some tips and tricks, you can book an appointment for one-on-one support and planning with the VFPC. After reviewing some self care strategies and exploring what self care looks like for you, you will be able to complete your very own self care plan. Self care is so important for fostering resilience and managing stress.
Email Ashley at to book your one-on-one session.