Help Shape an Upcoming Video Project for Families!

Meredith Woermke, Project Manager, Health Literacy on November 25, 2013

Navigating the mental health system can be hard. Families can face a whole bunch of challenges when they are trying to find help for a child struggling with a mental health challenge. The journey through the mental health system can be especially difficult if families encounter language barriers, system barriers (inconvenient appointment times, long wait times, etc.), and other issues that prevent them from getting the help they need in a timely manner.

As part of our cross-cultural mental health literacy initiatives, the Kelty Mental Health Resource Centre is developing a new video resource for families that are using the mental health system for the first time. The purpose of the video is to help families to have a better understanding of where to get help if they are concerned about their child or youth’s mental health. We hope it will help families to feel more empowered in their journey. The video will explore:

  • Different health care providers that families can talk to about their concerns
  • What families can expect during their first visit with a health care provider
  • Questions to ask  a health care provider
  • Options to explore if families feel frustrated or stuck when trying to get help

We want to include the advice and experiences of other families in the video. Your experience as a parent or family member who has navigated the mental health system with a child would be very helpful to other families. Do you have advice or tips you would like to share? What do you wish you had known or asked earlier on? What advice would you have for a family that is using the mental health system for the first time?

We are interested in hearing from you! Families can learn so much from other families– people that have been there. Please fill out the survey and share your ideas with us!

Also, please feel free to pass along the link to the survey through your networks and to any families that you think would be interested in participating.  We hope to hear back from as many families as possible!

We appreciate your participation and look forward to developing this new resource for families!


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