When someone you love has been diagnosed with a mental illness, it can be a very emotional time for everyone. It may also throw you into a new role as caregiver – a role you may feel unprepared for. Family members, friends and other informal caregivers play a big part in helping a person recover and stay well. However, it means that you will be juggling your own needs (which are important!) with those of the person you are caring for.
A committee of staff and volunteers committed to family caregivers recommend the following:
Order for Psychiatric Evaluation (Form 2)
If your loved one’s mental health has deteriorated and they need a psychiatrist assessment, you may be able to have a Justice of the Peace issue an “Order for Psychiatric Evaluation” – otherwise referred to as a Form 2. The London Courthouse (824 Dundas Street) is open Monday – Friday, 8:30 – 4:30. You can complete and submit the form at the office. If the Justice of the Peace grants the form, it is taken to the police station and the police transfer the individual to the hospital for up to a 72 hour evaluation by a psychiatrist.
Withdrawal Management and Addictions Supports
Centre of Hope Withdrawal Management
If your loved one is in withdrawal, intoxicated or at risk of relapse, the Centre of Hope Withdrawal Management Service can help. The Centre of Hope operates 24/7 at 281 Wellington Street. Call 519-432-7241 for more information.
Addictions Services of Thames Valley
Addictions Services provides screening, assessment, treatment planning and addiction treatment services to persons who are concerned about substance use and/or internet, gaming disorder or problem gambling. They also provide support, education and treatment for family members. 519-673-3242.
Family Services Thames Valley
This service provides rapid access to meet your needs and prevent crisis from emerging. No appointment necessary at the Walk-In Counselling Clinic – Tuesdays from 1:00 – 6:30pm. 125 Woodward Ave., London. 519-433-0183.
Employee Assistance Program
Some employers have an EAP – Employee Assistance Program. This is often the quickest and easiest route to immediate support for yourself during a difficult time. Contact your employer to see if you have this service available to you.
CMHA Middlesex Family Support Program
Meet one-to-one with our Family Support Worker to learn about mental health, share your story as a caregiver and gather useful tools and resources. Education sessions, group meetings, recovery focused tips and strategies to help your loved one. Call Sabrina at 519-518-2436 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Family Support Group
Group members listen, show compassion, share experiences, offer hope and be supportive of one another. The group meets the first Tuesday of each month at 534 Queens Ave., London from 7 – 9pm. For more information contact Joy Lang at 519-434-7760.
Family Resource Centre
Located at Parkwood Institute, the Resource Centre is a lending library and support centre where caregivers can go and talk with a mental health resource coordinator who can help you select helpful material. There are also group education sessions and family support groups for those wanting to learn more about mental health and addictions. Call Laurel Lamarre at 519-646-6100 x 47440 for more information.