Mental Health Commission of Canada Guidelines for Family Caregiving applied to Schizophrenia
September 15, 2015
Hosted by Dr. Gordon Atherley
Dr. Ella Amir, Executive Director of AMI-Québec since 1990, http://amiquebec.org/, leads one of Québec’s principal resources for families struggling to cope with mental illness, including schizophrenia. She explains her work with the Mental Health Commission of Canada as it relates to schizophrenia. She highlights the relevance to schizophrenia of the Commission’s publications “Taking the Caregiver Guidelines Off the Shelf: Mobilization Toolkit” and “National Guidelines for a Comprehensive Service System to Support Family Caregivers of Adults with Mental Health Problems and Illnesses”. She highlights challenges that can arise for family caregivers whose family members living with schizophrenia are receiving care from a psychiatry department in a hospital, in working with police services, and in taking care of themselves. She says what she thinks about Schizophrenia Community Radio offering family caregivers opportunities to describe their experiences with the Mobilization Toolkit.
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Family caregivers are the people who provide care to partners, parents, children, brothers, sisters, cousins, friends, neighbors and even co-workers. They are the people who provide care when everyone else has gone home. They are the people who organize the functioning of the home for the person with special needs, and for the family as a whole. They are the coordinators of care, the managers of appointments, the preventers of loneliness, and the makers of decisions even to the point of Power of Attorney. And they are so often people who themselves are burdened with their own health challenges and who may be in only marginally better health than the persons to whom they are providing family caregiving.
Dr. Gordon Atherley
Dr Gordon Atherley holds the British equivalent of the Canadian PhD and MD degrees, and LLD, Honoris Causa, from Canada’s Simon Fraser University. His awards include Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, UK. His medical specialties are occupational medicine and public health.
As first President and Chief Executive Officer of the Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety, the Canadian equivalent of the US National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health, he led the creation of Canada’s electronic information service in occupational health and safety, now used in more than 40 countries.
In academia, he held senior, tenured, full-time positions, including departmental chair, in university faculties of physics, engineering, and medicine. He is the author of a textbook and numerous articles and publications.
Since retiring from medical practice, he’s built up Greyhead Associates, which critically researches the safety, effectiveness and fairness of health services for persons with special needs.
Through Virtual Care International, a company of which he’s President, he’s involved in providing sensible technology to family caregivers to help them with their responsibilities, workloads, and concerns.
Now an activist, he urges family caregivers to unite because, more and more, it’s not just their families who depend on them, it’s also the healthcare system as a whole, as it struggles to meet more and more needs of more and more people.