Durham Family Resource Task Group for Mental Health Issues Second Edition of “Pathway to Recovery: A Guidebook for Families”

Mental illness strikes unpredictably and when it does, families need accurate, practical information. Families in Durham Region have direct and easy access to the information they need in “Pathway to Recovery: A Guidebook for Families Navigating the Mental Health System in Durham Region.”

The second edition of “Pathway to Recovery: A Guidebook for Families” is now available.  This enhanced edition includes all the information families found useful in the first edition plus:

  • A new chapter on the connection between “Physical and Emotional Wellbeing”
  • New material on “Older Adults and Depression”, “Youth, Depression, and Suicide,” “Hoarding,” and “Coping with Grief”
  • Updated community resource information

To order your copy (at a cost of $10.00), please contact: Pathway to Recovery c/o Durham Mental Health Services, 519 Brock Street South, Whitby, ON L1N 4K8, email guidebook@dmhs.ca or call 905-666-0831 ext. 221 

The guidebook can also be downloaded here:  Guide Book 2nd Edition

Praise for the First and Second Editions 

Bonnie Atkinson is the family representative who helped with both the first and second editions. “If this resource book had been available to my family years ago, the difficult journey we made towards recovery would have been a lot easier,” she says. “Just about everything we encountered along the way – what to do in a crisis; how to obtain treatment; what to expect during treatment; how to cope; how to get help for caregivers – is covered in this one book. This book is valuable to anyone in Durham Region - you don’t have to have a mental illness to benefit from this book.”

Durham College’s Health and Counselling Department distributed the guidebook to Durham College staff and uses it in their work with students. “This is an excellent resource we use to refer students to community mental health service providers and to help students direct their own self-care,” says Kathy Lazenby, Department Director. “We recommend the book to all businesses and organizations throughout Durham Region.”

Not only for professional helpers, the Guidebook is also useful to the general public. Perry Mechanical Inc. is an Oshawa-based energy services company that provided financial support for the guidebook. When they received a copy, they were pleasantly surprised by the reaction among their staff. “The guidebook started many conversations. We had no idea just how many people mental illness impacts. We are glad our financial support will contribute to a healthier Durham Region.”

Members of DMHS’ Family Support Group say, “The Pathway to Recovery Guidebook is such a valuable resource when you are new to the mental health world.”

“Pathway to Recovery: A Guidebook for Families” is published by the Durham Family Resource Task Group for Mental Health, a collaboration between Canadian Mental Health Association Durham (CMHA Durham), Durham Mental Health Services (DMHS) and family representative Bonnie Atkinson.

This story first appeared on the Durham Mental Health Services website, see http://www.dmhs.ca/news/22_05_2012.html.