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December 3rd 2012: Circles of Support for Mental Illness

Lee Helmer directs a peer-led organization, T.E.A.C.H., (Teach, Empower, Advocate for Community Health), in Halton Region, Ontario, Canada. He describes his own experience with family caregiving and his own mental and brain health challenges. He outlines the mental health conditions that T.E.A.C.H. helps with, explains the help needed and provided for these conditions, and describes the groups that are helped. He explains the challenges created by the conditions for persons and their family caregivers, and the consequences for them all if their challenges are not effectively helped. He explain

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Lee Helmer

Lee Helmer is the Director of a peer-led organization in Halton Region, Ontario, Canada, known as T.E.A.C.H., (Teach, Empower, Advocate for Community Health). Its services encompass managing anxiety workshops, self-esteem groups, concurrent disorders groups, peer mentors, and the circle of care for families. Each staff member and the forty volunteers providing services have struggled with their own mental health challenges. They are in the forefront of advocating for the principles of recovery--hope, meaningful activity, self-awareness, supportive relationships, and empowerment--and building on strengths to enable people to have a meaningful life. He is a father, a grandfather, a husband,
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