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Carers Canada (formally known as Canadian Caregiver Coalition), established in 2000, is an alliance of diverse partner organizations that work collectively, and autonomously, to identify and respond to the needs of carers in Canada. Carers Canada’s mission is to enhance the quality of life for carers through synergistic partnerships and global advocacy that strengthens and honors the voice of carers.
Support. Research. Hope.
The mission Cure SMA Canada Society is:
To fund the best possible Canadian research in search of a treatment or cure for Spinal Muscular Atrophy.
To support Canadian families and individuals affected by Spinal Muscular Atrophy in every province and territory.
To work closely with CURE SMA (USA) and the Scientific Advisory Board in our selection of recipients of research and trial grant monies.
To offer and supply information to any Canadian requesting it.
To support Canadian families and individuals affected by SMA as newly diagnosed, during the affected person’s lifetime and the family after an affected person passes.
To offer support for activities that bring families and individuals together mutually benefitting all that are involved. (example: the annual SMA conference, SMA Family Camp, Parent’s retreat)
To support individuals with their fundraising activities benefitting Cure SMA Canada.
To supply members with newsletters for the purpose of information, connecting and communication.
To connect families to each other through various methods including our website, social media, through our national office, our newsletter and group activities.
To help families realize they are not alone with the diagnoses of SMA. That Cure SMA Canada is here for them and will support them in any capacity we can. We understand, because we too are affected by SMA or are parents of children born with Spinal Muscular Atrophy.
Hong Fook Mental Health Association is the leading ethno-cultural community mental health agency with a consolidated culturally competent team in Ontario serving the Asian communities. Established in 1982, Hong Fook provides a continuum of services ranging from treatment of illness to promotion of wellness in the Cambodian, Chinese (Cantonese and Mandarin), Korean and Vietnamese communities.
Through our extensive services and programs, we engage a diverse range of clients, partners, volunteers, and donors who work with us to deliver significant, strong, and sustainable care and change by reducing stigma, encouraging collaboration, and building capacity.
BTS has classes and programs that are custom tailored to assist in preparing you for a career or ministry in the helping field. Our courses and programs train counselors, pastors, teachers, mentors, and others who plan to counsel in professional and lay counseling environments.
On September 2, 2005 we received a phone call saying in essence, our daughter Cammy‘s heart was not beating, and she was on her way to Erlanger hospital by way of ambulance. While we huddled with close friends and family in prayer, we were given the devastating news that she was gone.
How does something like this happen to a vibrant 26 year old young woman? How do you reconcile just two days prior taking a long walk with someone who expressed her dreams for the future who appeared healthy and happy. Well, I can only state that eating disorders are deadly.
She suffered from all three of the eating disorders (defined in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual for Mental Disorders #4). She had binge eating disorder in high school, where she ate in excess in private. During her freshmen year in college she turned to bulimia to rid herself of her excess high school weight. She could eat large amounts of food and then purge by way of vomiting. She was also pairing her bulimia with anorexia which can often be the case. This behavior took its toll when in her junior year of college she went into cardiac arrest, and we almost lost her for the first time. We learned when you purge you rid yourself of essential electrolytes that control the beating of the heart and thus causing it to shut down.
We sent her for treatment to Arizona to save her life, and to hopefully help her overcome her E.D. When she left after almost three months we thought she had it beaten. Unfortunately, there were additional life threatening instances that followed. Eating Disorders seemed to control her in such a way that nothing seemed to help. After many years of therapy and finding the true love of her life we thought she was finally on the road to recovery. This proved not to be the case. We are not sure to this day what exactly caused her final cardiac failure, but for sure it was a result of her eating disorders.
To honor her memory Ashley Yates (her closest friend) and I (Jan Robinson, Cammy’s Mother) founded the Mary Cameron Robinson (MCR) Foundation for the prevention and treatment of eating disorders. It would have been so helpful to me had there been a source like this when Cammy was struggling. There is so much to learn about this disease and the earlier it is treated the better the chance of survival. Denying it will not cause it to go away. We must educate ourselves to be aware of the behaviors and to intervene as soon as possible. This is absolutely crucial. Cammy would be so proud to know her death was not in vain and she lives on with this foundation.
MCR’S Mission Statement
The mission of the MCR Foundation is to provide resources for people who are affected by eating disorders in the Greater Chattanooga Tri-State area. The Foundation is committed to a holistic approach encompassing physical, emotional, spiritual, and social well being.
MCR will do this by:
• Providing education and multi-media resources
• Promoting awareness and developing prevention strategies
• Providing support systems
• Conducting research for community needs
• Promoting a healthy lifestyle and a appropriate self image
• Serve as a resource for referrals for counseling and treatment
The MCR Foundation will be a comprehensive non-profit center in the Chattanooga Tri-State area for education concerning prevention early diagnosis and treatment of individuals and families affected by eating disorders, focusing on healing the mind, body, and spirit.
The Anxiety Resource Center, Inc. of Grand Rapids, Michigan, was founded to educate the public and professional communities about anxiety disorders, including Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder and OCD Spectrum Disorders; to reduce the stigma associated with these illnesses; and to provide a place that offers support, hope and inspiration. The Anxiety Resource Center, Inc. is a non-profit, 501(c)(3) organization.
GRIEF WATCH is a publisher and manufacturer of bereavement books and materials used by families and professionals around the country. It is based at the 18th Ave Peace House, site of a variety of ministries focused on hospitality, community, peace-making, and care for the dying.
The Dr. Jay Children’s Grief Centre is a unique organization, and one of the only of its kind in Ontario. We provide free counselling support and specialized programming to children, youth and families as they navigate the difficult journey of living with terminal illness, traumatic loss and grief. Our small team of dedicated counsellors and staff design and deliver support to young people impacted by illness, suicide, homicide and sudden death. All of our programs strive to support, educate and empower families to learn to live with loss and grief in a way that helps to make life feel manageable and meaningful again.
Our programs help to increase the resiliency of children, youth and families by supporting emotional literacy and family communication, building community and connection, reactivating social skills, promoting healthier relationships with family and peers, improving mental health and family systems, and decreasing the feelings of isolation and loneliness so common to the experience of living with terminal illness and grief.
Key Programs: One-on-one counselling for children/youth, Family Programming/Parenting Group/Information Sessions, Youth Program (peer support group & leadership training), Camp Erin (3day bereavement camp), Professional Education and Consultation.
Brighten Up! strives to improve emotional well-being by increasing mental health awareness and encourage positive living. We are dedicated to helping others become the best version of themselves, and to live on the "Bright Side" of life.
*Please note webinars are currently being offered free of charge at https://www.brightenup.us/pages/mental-wellness-webinars/
The Selective Mutism Association (SMA) is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization dedicated to providing information, resources and support to those impacted by a child with the anxiety disorder known as selective mutism.
Selective Mutism (SM) is best understood as a complex childhood anxiety disorder characterized by a child’s or adolescent’s inability to speak in one or more social settings (e.g., at school, in public places, with adults) despite being able to speak comfortably in other settings (e.g., at home with family).
• talk normally in settings where they feel comfortable
• have an actual fear of speaking when there is an expectation to talk
• can “freeze” due to anxiety Without intervention, over time this can lead to social difficulties and/or isolation.
SM can persist into adolescence and even adulthood if left untreated. However, with diagnosis at a young age, early intervention and effective treatment, the prognosis for children with SM is good.
Whether you are a parent of a child with SM, a teacher of a student with SM, a therapist with a SM patient, or anyone interested in learning more, SMA can help. We are the nation’s premier resource for SM information, providing a network of families and treating professionals around the world who uniquely understand the struggles of SM. Stop struggling alone. Start seeking information and new ideas today.
Visit the Selective Mutism Association at www.selectivemutism.org and follow us on Facebook or Twitter @FindTheirVoices.