About FMHI

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Our mission is to provide support, psycho-education and system navigation to the family members and friends of individuals experiencing mental health difficulties.


Prior to 1999, family members and friends of adults experiencing mental health difficulties were traveling outside Simcoe County for support. They began to meet each other at their homes, during these gatherings, this group began discussing the idea of establishing a local, Simcoe County wide, organization that would provide support and education specifically to the family members and friends of adult persons experiencing mental health difficulties. Through their conversations and work, this group was successful in securing funding in 1999 to establish the Family Mental Health Initiative of Simcoe County from the Ministry of Health & Long-Term Care. A sponsorship agreement was develop between Family Mental Health Initiative of Simcoe County and Canadian Mental Health Association, Simcoe County, this supportive partnership exists to this day. FMHI is currently receiving support by the North Simcoe Muskoka Local Health Integrated Network.

FMHI in the News:
Barrie Suicide Awareness Walk Gives People Hope, Tools to Live – 2013

Group Helping Those Delt a Blow by Suicide – 2012

At FMHI we value:
Excellence in the delivery of reliable and relevant education/awareness resources available to family members and friends.
Respect the perspective and value of the family member/friend and their role in supporting their relative’s/friend’s recovery.
Support to family members and friends navigating the mental health system and receiving information and education relative to mental health and recovery.
Family-Focused education, resources and events that pertain to the family and friend perspective in mental health.
Hope recognize that recovery is possible for all persons which is inclusive of the family members and their friends own recovery journey.

FMHI’s vision is to be recognized and trusted as a leading resource for education and support to family members and friends of persons with lived experience of mental health difficulties in Simcoe County.

How FMHI can assist you:
Educational sessions and programs on topics related to mental health topics
Distribution of resources on mental health topics
System Navigation assistance

FMHI does not provided counseling.

FMHI is staffed by Tara Maxwell, Coordinator.

Welcome! Thank you for visiting Family Mental Health Initiative of Simcoe County’s website. I am the person you will be talking with or emailing when you contact FMHI. Please read my professional profile to learn more about me. Please feel free to email me at tmaxwell@cmhastarttalking.ca

Professional Profile of Tara Maxwell

Tara Maxwell is the Coordinator of the Family Mental Health Initiative of Simcoe County at the Canadian Mental Health Association of Simcoe County. Tara began her role in 2004, providing support and education to the family members of persons experiencing mental health difficulties. She has 17 years field experience working in social services including a women’s residential correctional facility; a residential treatment facility with at-risk youth; a crisis intervention worker on a mental health crisis line and as a student co-op mentor for Georgian College in the Social Service Worker Program. Tara is a very active volunteer in the correctional, social service and healthcare community participating in various positions including Probation & Parole Officer, Board of Directors for Catulpa Community Support Services, Board of Directors for Patient/Client & Family Council, Board of Directors for Alzheimer Society of Simcoe County and Appointed by the Former Deputy Minister of Health & Long-Term Care Mr. George Smitherman to the Community Advisory Board of the Mental Health Centre Penetanguishene. Her volunteer work was recognized in 2012 when she received an Ontario Volunteer Service Award from the Ministry of Citizenship and Immigration. Tara received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from Laurentian University.

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