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Date(s) - 24/10/2015
9:00 am - 4:00 pm

Glen Cairn United Church


MICA’S Family Summit for Caregivers of People With Mental Illness


Date & Time: Saturday, October 24, 2015, 9am-4pm

Location: Glen Cairn United Church, 140 Abbeyhill Drive, Kanata

Target Audience: Service providers and caregivers

Please register by October 9th by clicking here



MICA: An Overview

Our goal is to involve as many caregivers as possible as we continue to collaborate with our partners in finding solutions that will have a lasting and positive impact on the quality of life of caregivers and their ill loved ones. Join us on our journey and help us to change lives.



The quality of life of persons living with mental illness and their family members is impacted in many ways including mental health, physical health and financial concerns that significantly stress the capacity of the ill person and their families to cope with the many challenges confronted along the journey to recovery.

In 2012 the Mental Illness Caregivers Association (MICA) initiated a “Quality of Life” study that had as its focus the impact of mental illness and/or addictions on the quality of life of both the ill person and family members as caregivers. Throughout the year 2012 discussion forums with caregivers and service providers were held in Smiths Falls, Cornwall, Pembroke, and Ottawa. Challenges and solutions identified during the discussions forums were discussed in the context of the following:
– Physical health components: physical functioning, role-physical, bodily pain and general health;
– Mental health components: vitality, social functioning, role emotional and mental health.
Going forward two family summits were held. The first, in 2013, was attended by representatives from all regions involved in the discussion forums, caregivers and mental health service providers and identified the specific caregiver priorities. The 2014 summit discussed how to get family caregivers involve in the mental health education and support.
Caregivers and mental health service providers are invited to join us and representatives from some of the organizations we have collaborated with in the last year at our 3rd Family Summit on October 24, 2015. These organizations include the Ottawa Public Health, Canadian Mental Health Association, Canadian Public Health Association, Citizen Advocacy, Canadian Agency for Drugs and Technology in Health, Ontario Disability Support Program, Ontario Works and family organizations such as OASIS Kanata, Families Impacted by Mental Illness Smith Falls and the Cornwall and District Family Support Group.
We’re busy planning the agenda for the very important family summit on October 24th, 2015. We will include a report on progress made since our 2nd Family Summit last Fall including the development of a mental illness caregivers resource; on-going discussions related to ODSP and related disability benefits with links to mental health services; initial developments related to housing trusts and the creation of family networks; and finally, understanding what the evidence says as caregivers search for answers – and more topics of interest as our planning continues