Family Connect

When someone is diagnosed with a mental health or addiction issue, it often affects more than just the person experiencing the illness. 

Family members and other people closest to the individual are often impacted emotionally and/or become caregivers for their loved one.

At the Patient/Client & Family Council, we understand how stressful this can be. The Family Connect program offers services specific to family members who are supporting someone with a mental illness or addiction challenge. 

Our Services:

Family Peer Group 

Join a casual gathering of people who are supporting a loved one on their journey through Mental Health/Addictions. 

Our Family Peer Support Group meets each month to share experiences and learn from like-minded individuals in a confidential environment.  As education needs are identified, professionals are invited to present to the group with opportunities for open. honest. and safe discussion. 

This support group is free to attend. Please contact us at (705) 549-3181 ext. 3033 if you would like more information.

Education and Resources 

Understanding the Mental health System and educating ourselves on the various aspects of mental illness is an empowering step to take for family members. 

The Patient/Client & Family Council can assist you to gather the needed information and resources for yourself and your loved one. 

We are also able to help navigate you through the system while offering individual and confidential peer support along the way. 

Share your voice

Understanding the experiences of family members accessing the Mental Health & Addiction services is crucial to influence system change.


One of the roles of the Patient/Client & Family Council, as a non profit peer-led organization, is bringing the voice of service users to the forefront of planning and policy tables to drive system improvements. 

Your voice is important, and we appreciate any opportunity to hear your story and understand the good (and not so good) experiences you have had when accessing Mental Health services. 

Patient/Client Family Council

500 Church St., Penetanguishene ON L9M 1G3,

705-549-3181 ext. 2222