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August 05th 2013:Guidelines for Family Caregivers Caring for Family Members Living with Serious Mental Illnesses

Dr. Chris Summerville is one of the eleven non-government directors of the Mental Health Commission of Canada and CEO of the, Schizophrenia Society of Canada. Dr. Ella Amir, Executive Director of AMI-Québec, led the development of Commission’s Guidelines for a Comprehensive Service System to Support Family Caregivers of Adults with Mental Health Problems and Illnesses. They explain the Commission’s reasons for producing the Guidelines and its observations about the support needed by family caregivers. They discuss the implications of the National G

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Dr. Chris Summerville

Dr. Chris Summerville is CEO of the Schizophrenia Society of Canada,, and Executive Director of the Manitoba Schizophrenia Society. He serves on numerous boards and committees. With an earned doctorate, he is certified with the International Association of Psychosocial Rehabilitation Services as a Psychosocial Rehabilitation Practitioner and as an Intervention Trainer with Living Works. As a family member and a recipient of psychiatric services, he sees mental illness as an issue in social justice as well as health.
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Ella Amir

Ella Amir has been Executive Director of AMI-Québec Action on Mental Illness since 1990. Under her leadership the organization became one of the principal resources in Québec for families struggling to cope with mental illness. Since 2007, she’s chaired the Family Caregivers Advisory Committee for the Mental Health Commission of Canada, whose mandate is to make mental health a priority in Canada. The strategy it is developing will help to focus efforts, by setting common priorities and providing a way for people across the country to work together to achieve better mental health outcomes and improve overall mental health and well-being. She holds a Master’s degree in Clinical Psychology and
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