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Family Resource Centre

Is someone you love struggling? We listen. We understand. We are here for you.

AMHS-KFLA’s Family Resource Centre (FRC) provides educational material and information about local resources for family members, professionals, the general public, and individuals living with mental illness or addiction.

The FRC is a team of individuals with lived experience recovering from, or supporting loved ones recovering from, mental illness or addiction.

The FRC features a library of educational materials, regularly scheduled support groups, and welcoming, informed staff and volunteers who can answer your questions, connect you to resources and offer hope. All services are free.

The FRC’s library offers materials on loan for a $5 refundable deposit. Book donations are welcome!

Since 1999, the FRC has offered the NAMI Family-to-Family educational program for family, significant others and friends of people living with mental illness. This program is designed to support the coping and problem-solving abilities of those closest to an individual living with a mental health condition. This 11-week program is offered twice annually, once every spring and fall. Please contact the FRC to register for an upcoming program.

The FRC also facilitates 3 peer-led support groups. Two groups, for people with mood disorders such as anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder, are offered in conjunction with the Mood Disorders Association of Ontario. Our third support group is for family members of someone with mental illness or addiction. Please see our poster for full details on each group.

For more information, including hours, please call 613.544.2886 (toll-free: 1.866.616.6005) or email frc@amhs-kfla.ca. You’re welcome to visit the Family Resource Centre 385 Princess Street in Kingston or download the FRC Brochure for more details.

For information about upcoming FRC support groups, training opportunities and events, our events calendar.

Newsletter

The Family Resource Centre publishes a monthly newsletter with information on evidence-based mental health and addictions research as well as local support groups and opportunities for people with mental illness and addiction and their loved ones. You can download recent issues of the newsletter below, or write to frc@amhs-kfla.ca to receive the newsletter by email.

March 2017

February 2017

January 2017

“I learned that every year, one in five people need help with mental health concerns and that substance use and gambling problems are much more common than I thought.  The people at the Family Resource Centre gave me the support and the information I needed to understand my son's illness and what it was doing to our family.”
Carol