Family & Supports
What are some of the benefits of the Illness Management and Recovery Program for people who have experienced psychiatric symptoms?
- Learning about mental illness and strategies for treatment
- Decreasing symptoms
- Reducing relapses and rehospitalizations
- Making progress toward goals and recovery
What will be taught in the Illness Management and Recovery Program?
The following subjects are covered in educational handouts:
- Recovery Strategies
- Practical Facts About Mental Illness
- The Stress-Vulnerability Model and Treatment Strategies
- Building Social Support
- Using Medication Effectively
- Drug and Alcohol Use
- Reducing Relapses
- Coping with Stress
- Coping with Problems and Symptoms
- Getting Your Needs Met in the Mental Health System
- Healthy Lifestyles
How can family members and other supporters help?
With the permission of the person who has experienced psychiatric symptoms, you can help by:
- Reading the educational handouts used in the program.
- Attending some sessions with the practitioner and the person who has experienced psychiatric symptoms.
- Reviewing the educational handouts with the person.
- Helping the person develop and implement plans for coping with symptoms, reducing relapses, and pursuing recovery goals.
How do I get my family member involved?
You must contact your local community mental health center.