Webinar 59: What Caregivers Need from the Mental Health System
- Open to the Public
- Susan Inman & Dr. Tom Conway
1) Understand the family journey from a family caregiver’s perspective
2) Become aware of common difficulties families experience in interacting with the mental health system
3) Learn about services that families want for their family member
4) Realize in new ways how much your work can contribute to the well-being of people living with severe mental illnesses and family caregivers.
Description of the session:
Family caregivers are often the service providers who spend the most time with people with severe mental illnesses. However, some families experience is that mental health systems have had great difficulty in understanding their perspectives, both on what their family members need and what family caregivers need from service providers. Come hear some fresh points of view about how we can offer the best services.
Bio of Presenters:
Susan Inman is the mother of a daughter who has been living with a schizoaffective disorder for 18 years. Although once considered to have a refractory psychotic disorder, her daughter recovered from psychosis. She has enjoyed years of stability despite living with the ongoing difficulties of a severe mental illness.
Susan taught English and drama in a Vancouver secondary school for 25 years. She is the author of a memoir, After Her Brain Broke, Helping My Daughter Recover Her Sanity. She also writes about mental illness policies; here are links to archives of some of her articles:
Dr. Tom Conway is the Executive Director for the British Columbia Schizophrenia Society (BCSS). BCSS is a non-profit organization founded in 1982 by families and friends of people with schizophrenia.Tom brings with him more than 25 years of senior leadership experience including advocacy, fundraising and governance.
Most recently, Tom served as the Pacific Regional Director of YPO, a global network of CEOs. Immediately before YPO, Tom was the president and CEO of Easter Seals Central California, providing leadership to more than 150 employees in a non-profit organization devoted to serving the needs of children and adults with disabilities and their families in a 10-county region.