#FamilyMatters E-Notice for January 2015



  In 2014 Family Mental Health Initiative of Simcoe County changed to a new way of circulating our newsletter "Family Matters" in order to follow the new anti-spam legislation which puts the subscription choice in your hands. We went from a paper and email distribution process to an e-notice version online at www.fmhi.ca where you now can manage your subscription. FMHI's newsletter was titled "Family Matters," a name that we selected from a competition we held in 2007 after we created our current logo.

 With social media: Facebook, Twitter and Instagram to name a few of the most popular ones. FMHI can stay connected to family members and friends of persons experiencing mental health difficulties better than ever before! :) With the rise and mainstream use of hashtags (#) we can see what others are saying and stay connected through our posts, tweets and pics.

Typing #FamilyMatters in your mental health related Facebook posts, Twitter tweets and Instagram pics we can share and follow others and build our network of support.

FMHI will use #FamilyMatters in all our social media (we currently don't have an Instagram account, however, we can make one!) You will see other tweets, posts and pics from people who use this same language with their hashtags for other reasons that are not mental health related. FMHI is open to hear and use other suggestions from family members and friends that may be a better hashtag to use. Let me know your comments at tmaxwell@cmhastarttalking.ca

Also, if you are interested in staying connected to mental health news and events from Canadian Mental Health Association, Simcoe County Branch use #StartTalking to connect with them in their social media world. For more information on their mental health awareness campaign "Start Talking" click here

FMHI looks forward to sharing, re-tweeting and posting with all of you in 2015 and beyond!!



Bell Let’s Talk Day 2015 is January 28

Join the national conversation about mental health!

On January 28, you can join the conversation and drive Bell’s donations to mental health by talking, texting, tweeting and sharing on Facebook


On Wednesday, January 28th at 7pm  on CTV watch the inspiring new film "Clara's Big Ride" from when she rode her bike across Canada in 2014 to create awareness and reduce mental health stigma. 

Clara Hughes Testimonial

Howie Mandel Testimonial

Michael Landsberg Testimonial

Mary Walsh Testimonial

5 simple ways to help end the stigma

While 1 in 5 Canadians will experience mental illness at some point in their lives, the lingering stigma means 2 in 3 will struggle in silence fearing judgment and rejection. This year’s Bell Let’s Talk’s campaign focuses on 5 simple ways we can all help end the stigma around mental illness:

• Language matters – pay attention to the words you use about mental illness

• Educate yourself – learn, know and talk more, understand the signs

• Be kind – small acts of kindness speak a lot

• Listen and ask – sometimes it’s best to just listen

• Talk about it – start a dialogue, break the silence


New Year Resolutions

Make resolutions habits, not goals: Check out this video from Dr. Mike Evans.



Two Sisters and a Story of Mental Illness

Actress Glenn Close' sister Jessie Close has just release her book Resilience. Watch Glenn & Jessie Close's interview on CBS This Morning about Jessie's experience with mental illness and the relationship between the sisters.


Barrie Family Support Group

Canadian Mental Health Association of Simcoe County offers a support group designed for family members and friends of persons with a mental illness and/or substance issue. Barrie Family Support Group Date: Second Tuesday of every month (except July & August) Time: 6:00pm - 8:00pm Location: 21 Bradford St., Barrie (Boardroom at Canadian Mental Health Association of Simcoe County) For more …

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Number of FMHI's E-Notice Subscribers: *Some organizations/companies have firewalls that are preventing the e-notice from being received to emails. You may find your personal email will allow the e-notices to open. Older E-Notices:

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If you are interested in receiving one of the kits available, please print and complete the order form and mail or fax to FMHI attention Tara Maxwell fax: 705-719-0908 

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Are you looking for other organizations and resources? Here is a list of organizations within Simcoe County, Muskoka Region, Ontario and across Canada. If you have questions regarding services from another organization, please contact them directly, thank you. 

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Crisis Service

The Simcoe County and Muskoka Addiction & Mental Health Crisis Line is for youth and adults. Crisis Services offers individualized support to assist the person in the resolution of the emotional and personal crisis. Telephone, mobile and residential crisis services are available. 705-728-5044 / 1-888-893-8333 

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Family Mental Health Initiative of Simcoe County

4 Checkley St., Barrie ON L4N 1W1

705-725-0363 / 1-800-324-3252