Illness-specific

ADDitude, published by New York-based New Hope Media, is a multi-platform resource network for families and adults living with ADHD, learning disabilities, and related conditions, and for the professionals who work with them.  It offers digital and audio resources, newsletters, eBooks, a print magazine, Webinars, and a social media presence.

Anxiety Canada is a registered charity based in Vancouver, British Columbia, which was established in 1999 by concerned individuals, family members, and health professionals with a mission to promote awareness of anxiety disorders and support access to proven resources and treatment.  Anxiety Canada offers free online, self-help, and evidence-based resources, and promotes understanding about anxiety disorders through information sessions, professional seminars, and workshops.  It is one of the seven member organizations of BC Partners for Mental Health and Addictions Information.

Anxiety Disorders Association of Ontario     The mission of the ADAO, a registered charity and non-profit organization based in Ottawa, is to empower, in an holistic way, the lives of those affected by anxiety through advocacy, education, research support, and community programming.

bp Magazine    For people concerned about Bipolar Disorder, but with generic articles of interest to all.  Available in hard copy for a subscription fee, but many of the major articles and past issues are available free on line here.

Canadian Centre on Substance Use and Addiction (CCSA), based in Ottawa, was created by an Act of Parliament in 1988 as a non-governmental organization to provide national leadership on substance use and to advance solutions to address alcohol- and other drug-related harms.

Caring for Yourself When a Family Member Has BPD is a section from Borderline personality disorder: An information guide for families, published in 2009 by the Centre for Addiction and Mental HealthLink

Centre for ADHD Awareness, Canada (CADDAC) is a national, non-profit, umbrella organization providing leadership in education and advocacy for Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) organizations and individuals across Canada.  CADDAC offers a series of one-hour Webinars designed to help increase an awareness and understanding of ADHD.  For a list of Webinars, click here.

Centre for Suicide Prevention (CSP), a branch of the Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA), is an education centre based in Calgary, Alberta, which equips Canadians with the information, knowledge, and skills necessary to respond to people considering suicide.

Champlain Dementia Network is a tool designed to help families and healthcare providers find the right type of support for those living with dementia in the region nearest to them in Eastern Ontario.

Changing Minds is a non-profit organization based in Ottawa supporting individuals and their supporters affected by mental health disorders, and those treating them, with access to information about evidence-based mental health treatment models through sharing information, skills, and knowledge, and by helping create awareness of and access to specialized mental health programs.

Charlene Richard, a Registered Clinical Social Worker and trained Behavioural Health Therapist in Calgary, Alberta, has been working in addictions and mental health since 2005.  She offers free online videos and Webinars, and fee-based courses for adults suffering from stress, anxiety, panic attacks, compassion fatigue, and burnout.

Children and Adults with Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (CHADD), based in Lanham, MD, USA, is a non-profit national organization for children and adults with ADHD and a clearinghouse for evidence-based information on ADHD.

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Psychosis (CBT-p)     This 12-page Fact Sheet published in 2017 by Kate Hardy, CLIN.PSYCH.D, of Stanford University’s Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Health describes this evidence-based talking therapy that concentrates on how an individual’s thoughts, behaviours, and emotions are connected.

Collaborative RESearch Team to Study psychosocial issues in Bipolar Disorder (crestbd.ca)    A Canadian government-funded group that conducts research with people who live with Bipolar Disorder to address the barriers they face in accessing the evidence-based information they need to manage their illness and lead fulfilling lives.

Dementia Society of Ottawa and Renfrew County offers counselling services, dementia and caregiver information, education, referrals, and help navigating the health and social care system, as well as social, recreational, and caregiver peer support.  In Ottawa, call 613-523-4004 or, in Renfrew County 1-888-411-2067, Monday to Thursday, 8:30 am to 8 pm, and Fridays from 8:30 am to 4 pm, or contact a dementia coach at info@dsorc.org.

Diagnosing Depression: Your Guide to Depression & Mental Health in the UK     The guide provides an overview of this illness as it affects the population of the UK, how to recognize depression, triggers, profiles of individuals with depression, mental health and suicide, types of depression, a patient health questionnaire, and suggestions for recognition and treatment of the illness.

Dissociative Identity Disorder Support Group for Families     This is a free peer-led group for those supporting a family member who has Dissociative Identity Disorder, which was previously known as multiple personality disorder.  This program is sponsored by the Ottawa Anxiety and Trauma Clinic, a private practice, fee for service clinic that specializes in the provision of mental health services related to psychological trauma.  For information, click here.

Families Empowered and Supporting Treatment of Eating Disorders (F.E.A.S.T.), an international organization of and for caregivers of eating disorder patients, serves families by providing information and mutual support, promoting evidence-based treatment, and advocating for research and education to reduce the suffering associated with eating disorders.

Families for Addiction Recovery (FAR Canada), based in Scarborough, Ontario, advocates for the regulation of addictive substances in accordance with their relative harm to protect families, and for the elimination of barriers to publicly-funded, timely, compassionate, evidence-based treatment.  They also offer a program called Parent-to-Parent (P2P) to provide support for parents whose children, regardless of age, are struggling with addiction.  Trained parent supporters with lived experience will lend an understanding ear and speak about strategies that can help both parent and child.  All services are free and confidential.

Hopewell     A not-for-profit registered charitable organization offering knowledge, support, and hope to those affected by eating disorders, such as anorexia, bulimia, and binge eating.

Informed Choices about Depression     A resource developed by a team of researchers, professionals, and young adults to answer the questions many people have about Depression, it provides up-to-date information based on the best available research.

Institute for Advancements in Mental Health (IAM) (formerly called The Schizophrenia Society of Ontario) offers programs and services across the province that support, educate, engage, and empower individuals, families, and communities impacted by schizophrenia and psychotic illness.

International OCD Foundation    The aim of the IOCDF is to increase access to effective treatment, end the stigma associated with mental health issues, and foster a community for those affected by OCD and the professionals who treat them.  The Foundation has produced a Public Service Announcement entitled What the OCD community wants YOU to know about Obsessive Compulsive Disorder. (2:33)  Link

McLean Hospital, a Harvard Medical School Affiliate, launched the Borderline Personality Disorder Patient and Family Education Initiative in 2015 to provide interactive and on-demand resources to support individuals and families affected by Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD).  The hospital offers a series of original, clinician-led Webinars and information to equip family members with the skills, knowledge, and confidence to support a loved one with BPD.

Military Minds    A Facebook group linking those afflicted with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and their families to the right agency and raises funds for vets in Canada, the United States, Australia, and Great Britain.  It is managed by Canadian veteran Scott Casey, a former United Nations peacekeeper who served in the former Yugoslavia.  Visit facebook.com/MilitaryMindsInc.

Mood Disorders Association of Ontario     The Association’s Depression Hurts Web site provides a description of the symptoms of depression, information about treatment options, and techniques for affected individuals to manage it.  The Mood Disorders Ottawa Support Group is a peer-run volunteer organization providing resources, programs, support groups, social, and recreational activities for members and their families and friends.

My OCD Community, created by the International OCD Foundation (IOCDF), is a safe and inviting space to connect with other members of the Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder community in order to both find and provide support for each other.

National Child Traumatic Stress Network (NCTSN)     Funded by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), the NCTSN provides school administrators, teachers, staff, and concerned parents with basic information about working with traumatized children in the school system.  It includes sections specifically for parents entitled “Understanding Child Traumatic Stress: A Guide for Parents” and “Brief Information on Childhood Traumatic Grief.”

National Eating Disorder Information Centre     NEDIC focuses on awareness and the prevention of eating disorders, food and weight preoccupation, and disordered eating by promoting critical thinking skills and a healthy, balanced-lifestyle.

National Education Alliance for Borderline Personality Disorder     NEA.BPD was initially created as a resource and support group for the families of the BPD diagnosis.  NEA.BPD has grown to be a large community of both people and information.

Obsessive Compulsive Disorder – Ottawa     OCD Ottawa is a volunteer-driven, peer-based support network dedicated to supporting individuals living with OCD and their families, offering information and guidance with treatment and support resources for OCD and related spectrum disorders.  To join the OCD Ottawa Support Group, and for information about treatment and support resources, contact info@ocdottawa.com.

On Track is a voluntary program of The Ottawa Hospital providing mental health treatment, education, case management, and other essential services that help people ages 16 to 35 years with psychosis to get their lives back on track.  Dial 613-737-8069.

Operational Stress Injury (OSI) Clinic     The OSI Connect Website, developed at The Royal in partnership with Veterans Affairs Canada, provides information about OSIs and how to seek help from one of the 10 OSI Clinics across Canada, including the clinic at The Royal. These clinics care for members of the Canadian Forces, veterans, and RCMP members.  The network of clinics also offers telehealth services for those who don’t live near a clinic.

Ottawa Network for Borderline Personality Disorder (ONBPD) helps friends and family cope when someone they love has BPD.

Ottawa Support Group for Trauma, Childhood Abuse, and Neglect meets at The Royal Ottawa Mental Health Centre (The Royal) to provide compassionate support for adults who have experienced trauma, childhood abuse, or neglect.

Project Trauma Support is a Canadian program based in Perth, Ontario, which addresses Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, Operational Stress Injury, and Moral Injury in military personnel and first responders by providing a destination and a program where participants can convene in a safe community of their peers.

PTSD: U.S. National Center for PTSD, Department of Veterans Affairs, provides research and education on PTSD and traumatic stress, with a section dedicated to the support of families and friends of trauma sufferers.

Right from the Start     The Early Psychosis Intervention Ontario Network (EPION) Metabolic Monitoring working group has adapted a guide developed by service users and practitioners from Greater Manchester Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust in England.  This is a guide for people experiencing psychosis for the first time and those who care for them, and was developed to empower service users to improve the quality of the care they receive.

Support Group for individuals with a Mood Disorder     A family support group for adult relatives and friends of people with mood disorders meets on the third Thursday of each month, except in December and July, from 7 to 9 PM in Orleans.  Phone 613-737-7791.

The ADHD Centre is a London, U.K.-based private ADHD assessment and treatment clinic which offers a useful blog containing many free articles intended for parents, caregivers, and those diagnosed with ADHD.  Click here.

Supporting a family member with schizophrenia: The Manual offers tools and resources that help people with schizophrenia and their families develop customized strategies that support an independent and fulfilling life in the community.  The approach is based on Cognitive Adaptation Training – CAT for short — an organized approach that uses “environmental supports” that are integrated into the routines and living spaces of people with schizophrenia and other similar mental health challenges.