Our Downtown Toronto Location Has Moved!

We are pleased to share with you the exciting news that our downtown Toronto location has a new home at 543 Yonge Street on the fourth floor! Dennis McDermott continues to serve families in the area as the FAME Family Support Worker. The new downtown office number is 416-351-2751. Please note that family support groups previously held at the Sherbourne Centre have been cancelled. Monthly support group meetings have resumed at our new downtown location (543 Yonge Street, South of Wellesley Street) on the Last Tuesday of the Month from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. View our complete Family Support Group Schedule

FAME Annual General Meeting


Ann Douglas_ by Jessica Melnik Photography

We are delighted to announce that Ann Douglas, author of Parenting Through the Storm: How to Handle the Highs, the Lows, and Everything in Between will be the Keynote Speaker at the FAME Annual General Meeting. There will be a small reception and meet and greet where attendees will have the opportunity to purchase a signed copy of Parenting Through The Storm, a book that serves as a guide to parenting a child who is struggling with a mental health, neurodevelopmental, or behavioural challenge.

Tuesday, September 29th, 2015
6:00 – 7:00 p.m. Reception for Ann Douglas, Lower Room
6:30 – 7:00 p.m. Business Meeting, Hall
7:00 – 8:30 p.m. Remarks, Executive Director and Keynote Speech, Ann Douglas in the Hall
Assembly Hall 1 Colonel Samuel Smith Park Dr, Etobicoke, ON M8V 4B6

Please RSVP before Tuesday, September 22nd, 2015 by emailing Fara Ali at moc.seilimafrofemafnull@aaraf
For map and complete details, download the flyer.

Download the media advisory.

FAMEkids Partnership Opportunity


FAMEkids Logo

The FAMEkids program is seeking a Co-Facilitator for a 10-week module. Partnership benefits will include FREE training in the FAMEkids program (2-full days training) and the FAMEkids manual. FAME will reserve half the spots for the partnering agency to refer their clients to the program. FAME is looking for a partner to commit to a maximum of 4 hours per week for the duration of the module (10 weeks). The participant will assist in co-facilitating each session. The partnering agency must be able to commit to co-facilitating two 10-week modules.

For more information, please download the flyer.

FAME Recruiting for Board of Directors


Wanted_Board Members 2015

Serving on a board of directors is an important way to enrich and strengthen a community and to lend your talents, skills, knowledge and experience to the work of an organization you believe in.

The Family Association for Mental Health Everywhere (FAME), is conducting a recruitment process for filling an available position on its Board of Directors. We are looking, in particular, for applicants with a background in family law, justice, police services or advocacy (in connection with the kinds of clients our agency serves). Prior volunteer work or work as a member of a non profit Board of Directors would be an asset.

If you are interested in doing volunteer work with a strong and deeply collaborative strategic team please forward your resume with a cover letter expressing your interest to our Executive Director, Christine Cooper at moc.seilimafrofemafnull@cenitsirhc

We are accepting applications until July 13, 2015.

Download the flyer.


FAME in the News

Mental illness is a family illness
The Toronto Star
March 13, 2015

Toronto Star_March 13 2015

FAME Executive Director, Christine Cooper was interviewed for this article on mental illness and the family.




FAME honoured by the United Way of Peel

United Way of Peel: 2014 Bureau Speaker Award
FAME Executive Director, Christine Cooper, was honoured by the United Way of Peel at their 2014 Spirit Awards Ceremony on March 5th, 2015 with the Bureau Speaker Award. This award recognizes a dynamic speaker whose personal story captivates, inspires and motivates audiences to engage with United Way. Christine has been sharing the family caregiver perspective tirelessly for the past two years with corporations and donors throughout Peel.








FAME in the News

Mental Health First Aid course at FAME helps take the stigma out of suffering.
The Etobicoke Guardian, August 2014

Etobicoke Guardian Aug 2014Photo: THE ETOBICOKE GUARDIAN/Ian Kelso

The Etobicoke Guardian newspaper recently interviewed FAME Board Member Cindy Krysac, and FAME Executive Director, Christine Cooper to talk about the Mental Health First Aid Course being offered. Read the full article here.





Police Encounters with People in Crisis

Independent Review Conducted by The Honourable Frank Iacobucci for Chief of Police William Blair, TPS. July 2014
TPS Report July 2014
Photo: THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darren Calabrese

Former Supreme Court of Canada Justice Frank Iacobucci has completed his independent report on lethal “Police Encounters with People in Crisis” for the Toronto Police Services (TPS). FAME contributed the family perspective to the independent review, and we are proud to announce that all of FAME’s recommendations were addressed in full or in part in the report.

FAME’s recommendations:
• That the TPS review the reports & standards from the Mental Health Commission of Canada;
• That the TPS adopt Canada’s new standard for workplace behaviour “Psychological Health & Safety in the Workplace”;
• That TPS officers take training for Mental Health First Aid Canada;
• That TPS officers using Conducted Energy Weapons are required to obtain mental health & de escalation training;
• That TPS recruits are screened for psychological traits such as low empathy;
• That the TPS implement broader use of crisis intervention teams.

Further Reading
View a condensed list of the final 84 recommendations.

The full TPS report can be downloaded here.

Christie Blatchford: Report makes sorrowful acknowledgement — Toronto police have ‘in effect, become part of the mental healthcare system’