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Family and Caregivers

Caregiver Supports

Join us on "Mental Health Matters." In this episode, we explore two vital mental health topics: the impact of caregivers on mental health journeys and the innovative advancements in dementia care through the partnership between Ontario Tech University and the Ontario Shores Centre for Mental Health Sciences, shedding light on hope and progress in Canada's dementia care landscape.

National Caregiver Day Celebration at Ontario Shores


National Caregiver Day Celebration will be hosted at Ontario Shores Centre for Mental Health Sciences, 700 Gordon Street, Whitby on April 4, 2024 from 4:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. This is an in-person event for family, friends, caregivers and community stakeholders. Free parking and light refreshment will be served.

Premiere of in-house production “The Caregivers”: Directed by Kevin Frankish, Communications Specialist, Ontario Shores 

Caregiver Townhall: Moderated by Nora Spinks, CEO, Work-Life Harmony Enterprises and Kevin Frankish 

Caregiver Photovoice Exhibition: Photography by families and caregivers in our community reflective of our caregiving experience 

Caregiver Resource Fair: Representatives from Ontario Shores Family Resource Centre, Recovery College and local agencies including Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA) Durham, Durham Mental Health Services (DMHS), Abilities Centre, Toronto Dementia Research Alliance (TDRA).

Register Here

This event is brought to you by Ontario Shores Research and Academics, Family Resource Centre, Communications and Recovery College.

Mother and Daughter Share Journey for #MentalHealthWeek

In Episode 117 of the #MindVine #mentalhealth podcast features caregiver and filmmaker Shabnam Sukhdev with her daughter, Ishaa Chopra. Shabnam and Ishaa discuss their journey with #mentalillness which lead to the documentary 'Unfinished'. The #MindVine podcast is hosted by Darryl Mathers (@DarrylMathers). The podcast is also available on Spotify, Amazon Music and Apple Podcasts. #mentalhealthweek

Ty Redublo, Caregiver and Translational Researcher

In Episode 116 of the #MindVine Mental Health podcast Caregiver and Translational Researcher Ty Redublo shares his story as a young caregiver and his work as Translation Researcher supporting young people caring for loved ones. The #MindVine podcast is hosted by Darryl Mathers (@DarrylMathers). The podcast is also available on Spotify, Amazon Music and Apple Podcasts. #nationalcaregiverday

Shane Christensen, Author of Kicking the Darkness

In Episode 111 of the #MindVine #mentalhealth podcast we are talking about the impact of #mentalillness on families, with Kicking the Darkness author Shane Christensen. Shane's journey with #mentalillness started in the 70s with his older brother and continued with the #mentalhealth challenges faced by his son. He shares his story on the #MindVine podcast with host Darryl Mathers (@DarrylMathers). The podcast is also available on Spotify, Amazon Music and Apple Podcasts.

Will Planning and the use of Henson Trusts’

Ontario Shores’ Family Council is pleased to partner with Walker Head Lawyers to invite families and caregivers to the following seminar: ‘

Will Planning and the use of Henson Trusts’
presented by: Andrew Felker

Date: Saturday, November 5, 2022
Time: 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

The session will take place via Zoom.
To register for the session, please email @email by Friday, October 28. Once you have registered, you will receive the Zoom link with further instructions.

Have a question you would like addressed in the presentation? Please email the question along with your registration

Family and Mental Health Panel

October is Mental Illness Awareness Month and we are proud to welcome everyone to Ontario Shores for Mental Health and Recovery Day on Wednesday, October 19, 2022.

Throughout the day a series of speakers with lived experience will engage in conversations on a variety of topics impacting mental health, including stigma, treatment, access and system navigation.

All speaker events are open to the public..

7:00 p.m.
Family and Mental Health Panel
Moderated by mental health advocate Lori Lane-Murphy, a panel of family members discuss their collective mental health journeys as caregivers. The diverse panel will tackle issues ranging from stigma, treatment, support and system navigation. 

Lori will be joined on the panel by Shabnam Sukhdev, an award-winning filmmaker who chronicled her caregiving journey supporting her daughter’s mental health in the documentary ‘Unfinished’.

Shabnam will be joined on the panel by Candice McAllister and Shane Christensen, a daughter and father who have supported a loved one living with schizophrenia. Elaine Miller, Patient and Family Engagement Leader at Ontario Shores, rounds off the panel.

The presentation will be approximately 45 minutes in length followed by refreshments and networking.

Please RSVP to @email.

The is a FREE community event. There will be no charge for parking at Ontario Shores on October 19. 

Pre- and Post-Event Survey

Please complete this brief survey before and after attending the event to help us explore the impact that patient and family stories about mental health and recovery has on those who hear them.