“In our journey, I have seen unimaginable strength and boundless compassion from the most unlikely persons.” – Michael Robinson, Board Member
For the past quarter century the Family Association for Mental Health Everywhere (FAME) has worked at the community level, offering families empathy, support, knowledge and a compass for navigating the health care system as an advocate for a loved one living with mental illness. We understand that families play a critical role in the wrap around process of recovery, and the stress associated with this responsibility impacts their health, social and family relations, careers and financial situations. We also acknowledge that overcoming stigma to reach out for support remains one of the biggest challenges with respect to mental health. This applies equally to the one in five North Americans who suffer from mental illness and the four in five who are their families, the families we serve. FAME supports families, so that they can live their lives and care for themselves and their loved ones, even in the face of mental health challenges. Our goal is for no family to experience these challenges alone – FAME is here to help.
FAME near you.
The FAME head office is currently located in Etobicoke. We offer services across the Greater Toronto Area and Peel Region through our offices in Etobicoke, Scarborough, Brampton, and Mississauga.
It’s about the families.
We believe families make up the basic social structure of our society. Family members provide ongoing support and connection for many of our life experiences. This is particularly true for persons who are vulnerable or ill.
We understand because we’ve been there.
As an organization brought together by families, we have a thorough understanding of the challenges and emotions experienced in supporting a family member with a mental illness.
Reduce the stress of coping.
FAME helps reduce the stress of coping with mental illness by strengthening and supporting family members in your role as caregivers. We can provide advocacy, education, referrals and counseling to families and caregivers facing the challenges of any mental health issue.
Families have a voice.
FAME works hard to ensure that families have a strong voice within the communities. We are based on a self-help model which respects and supports the expertise that families have regarding their mentally ill relative and their experience in the system.