Family Guide to Mental Health

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The Family Guide to Mental Health Recovery has been designed to help Family Members explore key aspects of a family journey through a mental health experience.  While families can navigate the materials on their own, we feel our project can be well used by practitioner health and community support organizations to introduce the mental health recovery journey and be used as a foundation to introduce more specific and targeted information.

We invite Mental Health organizations, Social Workers, Family Counselors, Mental Health Practitioners and Family Support organizations to explore and use our materials and hopefully, have the Family Guide materials integrated into your in-depth support activities.


Family Guide educational resources include:


Our Film & Video Gallery offers Family members and Family Support facilitators with a range of “MINI Documentary Video Clips” of 6 to 10 minutes that focus on key aspects of the family journey; from onset, seeking care, understanding and facing the situation, facing stigma, care & recovery, self care for families, turning points and returning to a new balance.

Each VIDEO element is focused on real families and family support practitioners that share their experiences, learning and insight. They introduce key aspects facing families and can act as great conversation starters to help audiences feel less inhibited about bringing us their own experiences, once they’ve heard from other family members on screen.

Our full feature documentary film “The Journey Home” can be used for group screenings and audiences who would like longer viewing sessions. The film is hosted on our site in 3 x 25-minute installments. Additional clips and single family member perspectives are housed in our “Family Interview” Gallery.


In order to ensure relevant content for Family groups and practitioners in WORKSHOP or SESSION settings, please view our Facilitator and Educator Guide. Our content and guides have been put together by leaders in family support and mental health education and can provide you with a wide range of relevant material for family group sessions, screenings and workshop discussions.  Please see a sample of our guide below.  Bound hard-copies or PDF’s of our User Guide can be ordered from us by email at


For advanced research for Families or Practitioners and professional training, our TEXT RESOURCES in our “Information and Resources” section provides a range of text materials, organized into five subject headings:

Defining Mental Health and Illness
Mental Health Conditions
Family Support Resources
Family Stories in Text
The Road to Recovery for Families

Each section has multiple text articles ranging from 20-30 page book excerpts to essays and powerpoint presentations from support organizations who have contributed family support materials for your viewing. We have also published personal submissions from family members who share their life’s journey and guidance for families.

Our materials offer Families and Facilitators with a wide range of information, life journeys and perspectives that can provide insight into mental health conditions, family recovery and the experience of family members. We also provide links to Canadian, US, European and International online resources for further research. This can provide useful resources for deeper research, based on specific interests or geographic location.


Organizations, Practitioners and Families can sign up for a FREE MEMBERSHIP and share their thoughts and words with the world – on the Family Guide Website.

Membership allows you or your organization to have your own Profile Page. You can POST text and blog, you can upload text documents or presentations or even video or audio. You can also post in all of our ONLINE FORUMS. This could be a great PROJECT SPACE for Organizations or Practitioners to share their expertise and programs online and connect with other organizations and families around the world.


If you want to have an easy intro to the Family Guide project for Family Members, students or counsellors – you can order our packs of INTRO POSTCARDS. They introduce the project visually, have our URL and are easy for Family Members to see, touch and pass along if for example, you think our resource could be a relevant tool for the family. Postcards are also easily passed along to groups of teachers or counsellors and can be more effective than emails.  Family Guide Postcard packs are pennies per piece and can be purchased at low cost. We can potentially custom print for your Organization or Community with your logo as well.

“THE JOURNEY HOME” DVD is our feature documentary film with bonus video material and is now available starting in May 2014. Our limited edition DVD contains the full feature film The Journey Home and bonus video materials and watching on DVD is the most reliable SCREENING format for group viewing, particularly if you want to watch the whole film uninterrupted, project large format or watch chapters individually. TO ORDER & PURCHASE DVD’s, CLICK HERE!  The DVD can introduce the project to Families and Counsellors in a very physical way – capturing their attention more seriously than a simple link to our site.

Organizations can purchase the DVD in bulk at a volume discount for distribution or sale to your community of practitioners or family members.  For those interested, please contact us at


The Mission Media Company has worked with Health Care Organizations, Family Support Practitioners, School Boards and Religious Organizations to create and deliver IN-PERSON PRESENTATIONS AND SCREENINGS of the Family Guide to Mental Health Recovery materials.

We can offer presentations for small groups, classes, workshops, and even “show” type presentations for 300-400 size auditorium assemblies.  We are happy to introduce or accompany screenings of The Journey Home feature documentary film.

Our presentations can include speakers and group activities. We can invite family members & family practitioners to participate and present as well as film-maker Stuart Clarfield. We are happy to work with you to create a presentation, run a class or deliver a presentation that will deliver the results you want for a target group of Family members, practitioners or  counsellors. Please email us at with inquiries or questions.