“You don’t have to struggle in silence. There is help and there is hope. That can change everything!”- Dr. Chris Summerville
Family Recovery Journey (FRJ) was designed to meet the needs of a range of families, including those with a family member who has recently received a diagnosis of psychosis or schizophrenia. The goal in developing FRJ was to create a responsive, impartial, and flexible program for Canadians. It is written from a recovery focus as we believe that it is possible for an individual to live beyond the limitations of a mental illness with a sense of hope, purpose, meaning, and social inclusion. Recovery is a discovery that it is possible to live a full and meaningful life after a diagnosis of mental illness. Families are also in recovery from the traumatic effects of mental illness upon the family.
We appreciate the valuable input provided by the Executive Directors of the provincial schizophrenia societies, family members, and those living with early psychosis and schizophrenia.
Unique to FRJ is an addendum on Covid-19. During this pandemic, people living with severe mental illness, such as schizophrenia and psychosis, and their care providers, can be faced with additional issues and problems. Because we simply don’t know how long and to what degree we will be impacted by this pandemic into the future, it is important to stay educated, to stay vigilant, and to implement strategies that will keep us to be healthy and hopeful. To this end, information within the context of the COVID-19 pandemic has been added to each of the Family Recovery Journey sessions. We hope that this information will help you to feel better equipped to manage challenges that you may be faced with during this unprecedented time.