Families have an important role to play in supporting recovery. We have several ways to help family members who are supporting a loved one in their mental health journey, or assisting in care.
Grand River Hospital has patient and family navigators who bring their lived experience with mental health to supporting current patients and families.
The hospital employs a family navigator Elaine Paton who can provide family members advice and support with respect to:
- Access to care;
- Discharge planning; and
- Community supports.
Please speak with a member of your care team to be in contact with Elaine. You can also reach Elaine at 519-749-4300 ext. 5888.
FACE advisory council
GRH also benefits from the FACE (Families for Awareness, Change and Education) advisory council. FACE partners with our mental health and addictions program to:
- Strengthen communication and collaboration between patients, families, people who care and staff;
- Promote patient and family-centered care and involvement;
- Propose and contribute to mental health programs, services, policies and evaluation; and
- Develop and enhance access to information, support, and educational resources.
FACE holds regular meetings between September and June at the KW Campus. To find out more about FACE, please Christine Buck at 519-749-4300 extension 6780 or via email at email@example.com.
Support groups in the community
Updated February 2022
In the community, a number of groups are available to support families. They include the following:
|Name of organization (links open in new tabs)
|Additional contact information
Weekly meetings and coaching
Monthly support group and extensive online resources
Coaching developmental and mental health concerns, one to one family mentoring
Katie.Galashan@wrfn.info family resource coach
Developmental family support group, independent facilitation
Addiction family support groups
Addiction family groups, addiction groups, residential treatment
Youth addiction family groups and youth addiction programs
|Grand River Metis Family Wellbeing Program
|Addiction family support programs
|GRMC's Métis Wellbeing Coordinator,
519-576-0540 ext. 3716
|Services for LGBTQ2+ People and their families
|Culturally sensitive patient-centered health care for refugees. Services include psychological and mental health assessment and trauma counselling.