The Family Guide to Mental Health Recovery project was created and produced by The Mission Media Company in Toronto (www.themissionmediacompany.com). The project was created because one family member/film-maker understood that each family’s experience was incredibly valuable and could be shared to the benefit of so many, if this insight was made easily available to families. A documentary format project could help capture that life experience and that learning. Stuart Clarfield of The Mission Media Company began to gather supporters and resources.
To make this project a reality, many supporters, participants and sponsors were required to step forward to advise, assist, contribute, and guide.
The first major supporter of the project was The Canadian Independent Film & Video Fund, set up to help support non-broadcast, educational content projects. Their first financial support gave us confidence, acknowledgement of the project’s value and helped get us started in research and development to start the effort that would eventually result in the website you are now visiting.
Once preliminary work began, we built an advisory committee made up of sector leaders and we then looked for a “health-care” organizational sponsor to help us access members of the community to participate, and help us gather support for the project. After a long search, we invited FAME (Family Association for Mental Health Everywhere) to join us as a project sponsor. And thankfully, they chose to join the project.
The Family Association for Mental Health Everywhere (FAME) is a health-care organizational Sponsor of The Family Guide to Mental Health Recovery Project.
FAME chose to sponsor The Mission Media Company in its creation and production of The Family Guide because the vision for an interactive resource for family members who have a loved one with a mental health issue was ground breaking.
After years of dedicated effort to complete the project, we are proud to support an initiative which will assist families in the development of the skills and knowledge that will help them to deal with the challenges of their loved one’s mental illness. By watching the powerful documentary, ‘The Journey Home’ which offers real time, real life insights for families who have been impacted by mental illness, they will see that they are not alone.
We expect that The Family Guide to Mental Health to Recovery Project will not only become a useful tool for families but become highly sought after for educational purposes. We thank The Mission Media Company and Director/Producer Stuart Clarfield for their passion, direction and perseverance in creating and producing this unique resource for families.
The Family Association for Mental Health Everywhere (FAME) has been supporting families for over 25 years by facilitating the development of resilience in families by providing supportive counseling, education, coping skills and self-care strategies. FAME offers families empathy, knowledge and a compass for navigating the health care system.
Family Support Groups meet in the GTA Region
One-on-One confidential supportive counselling in person or by phone
fameKids; a program for kids 7-12 years with a family member with a mental illness
Youth Support for teens 12-21 years coping with a family member’s mental illness
First Episode and Early Intervention Support
Advocate locally and nationally to champion the family perspective and it’s often unheard voice
To contact FAME:
268 Royal York Rd, 2nd Floor
Toronto, ON M8V 2V9
FAME is a Registered Charity #132582198RR0001
The Mission Media Company would also like to thank leading supporters and sponsors of the Family Guide to Mental Health Recovery project, including:
The Gold Family / Aboveground Art Supplies Ltd.
Alana Richman / Research Resources
Heather Turnbull & Family
The Toronto Catholic District School Board
For more information on our project sponsors and contributors, please see “Support Us”.