Nipissing Family Peer Support Services

Type of Service

Family Initiatives

Program Description

The Nipissing Family Peer Support Services is comprised of members caring for a loved one with a mental health issue. Promoting healthy family units and holistic wellness, through education, advocacy, information sharing and peer support, we encourage growth and healing in a safe and confidential place. In collaboration with our local and regional partners, we provide opportunities for personal development and ensure our members' voices are heard by those who influence change. With honesty, integrity and inclusiveness, we strive to facilitate communication among families, mental health care givers and the community, to support members' loved ones during treatment, recovery and return to their life in the community. Our goals are: supporting family caregivers; facilitating good communications between family members and service providers; providing advocacy regarding mental health issues that affect families; providing educational opportunities that meet the needs of family members; and providing appropriate services to outlying areas of Nipissing District. Note that we offer peer support services, not counselling. There is no set length to our programming, other than the NAMI Family to Family Education Program, which is a 12 week program. All others, i.e., Tai Chi, Peer Support Group, run on a drop-in basis, although of course we encourage the idea that balance and wellness are a journey, as is recovery, and peer support is not a "quick fix."

Program Restricted To

Families

Access Information

Nipissing Family Peer Support Services is a free service open to any self-defining family member who is caring for or supporting a loved one who has, or has had, a mental health issue. The program does not include support to children under the age of 16. Family members may self-refer, phone or drop in.

User Costs

User Cost No

Referral Contact Information

Phone 705-494-4774 ext. 226
Fax 705-494-4775

Clients Served

Gender All
Age 16 and up
Catchment Counties: (Nipissing)
Wheelchair Access Yes

Smoking

Policy Allowed

Languages

English French

Hours

Main Hours

Monday 0830-1630
Tuesday 0830-1630
Wednesday 0830-1630
Thursday 0830-1630
Friday 0830-1630