Education & Learning Opportunities

Browse below for information about community led educational learning opportunities.


Caregivers Partnering with Health Professionals:  A Strategy that Works

Caregivers have an important role on the care team. A collaborative partnership between caregivers and health care professionals contributes to better outcomes.  This important new course from the Ontario Caregiver Organization was co-created with caregivers and is specifically designed for caregivers. Learn More


Mental Health First Aid to Support Youth

The vulnerability to mental health conditions in youth has increased during the pandemic and the Mental Health Commission of Canada has responded by updating and offering their Mental Health First Aid to Support Youth as a virtual course. During the 10-hour course you will learn how to recognize the signs of declining mental well-being and engage in conversations about those observations, assist in mental health or substance use crises, seek outside supports, and care for yourself as a “first aider. Learn More


New Online Learning Suite Helps End the Stigma of Substance Use

The Canadian Centre of Substance Use and Addiction has launched three modules on the topic of stigma associated with substance use.  

   Module 1 – The Pain of Stigma
   Module 2 – Insights on Substance Use
   Module 3 – Stigma Ends With Me

The goal of the modules is to increase your understanding of stigma and equip you with the tools and knowledge you need to address stigma at home, in the workplace and in your communities. Access the modules


“The Journey of Families Affected by Mental Health and Addictions” with Nicole Waldron

In her Victory Speaks podcasts, Nicole Waldon talks to members of Families for Addiction Recovery (FAR) about their experiences of having a loved one with an addiction and  mental health condition.  

Part 1:   Nicole Waldon speaks to Louise Wright and Sydney Graham from Families for Addiction Recovery about the stigma and myths of addiction and mental illness and why families sometimes feel ignored in the care of their loved ones.

Part 2:    Do families matter in the care of their loved ones?  Nicole Waldron speaks to Angie Hamilton, Kathryn Eve, Tammy Gould and Sydney Graham from Families for Addiction Recovery about their experience in the addiction and mental health system.   


Empowering Families Affected by Substance Use Problems

Having a family member with a substance use problem can be very stressful and overwhelming. You play a key role in supporting your loved one and in promoting their wellness and recovery. Performing this role may take a toll and have a significant impact on you as well. This 6-module, self-directed online program is designed to empower you as you support your loved one. Learn More


Empowering Families Affected by Psychosis – Online Course from CAMH

This self-directed online course is for families, friends and supporters of those who have experienced a first episode of psychosis.  The course covers what your relative may experience during early psychosis and how you can work with a health care team to support your relative in the recovery process. Learn More


Tackling Structural Stigma in Healthcare

Many of us have watched our loved ones face stigma in the healthcare system when accessing treatment for their addiction and mental health problems.  Learn more about the sources and consequences of stigma and gain insights into how it can be addressed in this pre-recorded webinar. Watch Now


Caregivers Out Loud:  Podcasts by Family Caregivers of BC

Caregivers Out Loud explores how the role of a caregiver can be rewarding, but also that it’s emotionally, psychologically and physically taxing.  Listen to various podcasts about self-care, boundaries, navigating your relationships as a caregiver and speaking up about your needs. Listen here


Mental Health Commission of Canada’s (MHCC’s)
Ghost in the Machine: Tackling Structural Stigma in Health-Care Environments

Date: February 9, 2021 
Time: 12-1:30 p.m. ET

In 2019, the MHCC launched a multi-year project to better understand mental health- and substance use-related structural stigma in health care. The findings so far give us a clearer picture of structural stigma, including how it emerges, how it impacts health and quality-of-life outcomes, and what the best strategies are for reshaping the way health services are provided. 

Topics include:

  • Why we should care
  • How structural stigma is experienced 
  • What we know so far 
  • What can be done (including key priorities for dismantling and disrupting structural stigma)

Register Online Here


Institute for Advancements in Mental Health: CBT for Psychosis Workshop for Caregivers

Feb 23, 25 & Mar 2

This 3-session virtual workshop, sponsored by the Institute for Advancements in Mental Health, helps those living with or caring for someone with serious mental illness such as psychosis or schizophrenia become a partner in recovery and healing. Register Here


Ontario Caregiver Organization: SCALE Program


Building a Framework for Supporting Meaningful Family Caregiver Engagement

This presentation is the product of a collaborative project led by caregivers at The Royal called “Building a Framework for Supporting Meaningful Family Caregiver Engagement”.  The team aimed to identify the current needs for meaningful engagement with caregiver advisors in mental health organizations and institutes across Ontario.  They gathered the perspectives of past caregiver advisors and involved staff, as well as the perspectives of individuals who would like to become advisors, or work with advisors in the future, to create a thorough summary of collaboration needs.