Mental Illness Caregivers Association of Canada

Art in Srathcona Park 2022 - Calling all artists and artisans - Registration now open! Click here for additional information


MICA is a non-profit organization comprised of family members, caregivers and consumers, incorporated as an association in November 2008. MICA is committed to ensuring that caregivers are aware of and can access the resources they need to provide support and lifelong care for their loved ones living with mental illness. Our intent is to do so one project at a time as we identify and narrow gaps in services and resources by bringing caregivers together to focus on developing and implementing solutions that will have a lasting and positive impact on the quality of their lives and their loved ones living with mental illness.


  • Ensuring that family caregivers have awareness of and access to resources that provide meaningful support for themselves and lifelong care for their loved ones with mental illness
  • Identifying gaps through consultation with the caregiver community, and to narrow those gaps with the help of appropriate partners who we encourage to strengthen their programs and/or services by including the caregiver perspective
  • Facilitating the development and implementation of solutions that result in enhanced caregiver capacity to tend to their own well-being and that of their loved ones
  • Bringing caregivers together to work with our partners to achieve a lasting and positive impact on quality of life


  • Sponsorship of Friendship Support Group
  • On-going consultation with mental health caregiver community
  • Supporting projects focused on addressing concerns identified by caregivers
  • Working with potential partners in the development of and implementation of programs and services supporting caregivers and their loved ones


To learn more about resources for caregivers coping during the COVID pandemic

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MICA Projects

We are pleased to share our efforts focused on ‘Providing a Caregivers Perspective – A Mental Health Crisis” – to learn more visit our Mental Health Crisis page and let us know what you think.

Stay tuned in the months ahead to learn more about MICA Projects - seeking innovative solutions having a lasting impact on the lives of caregivers and their loved ones living with mental illness including projects related to:


Where: Strathcona Park - Laurier Avenue E. & Range Road, Ottawa, Canada
When: Saturday AUGUST 6th, 2022 10 AM – 4 PM

Rain or Shine | Free Admission | Silent Auction | Refreshments | BBQ

ENJOY the work of the area’s most talented artists and artisans. This 20th exhibition & sale returns, after a brief haitis due to COVID-19, and is fast becoming one of the area’s most popular outdoor artistic events. A wide range of exhibitors are drawn from many fine professional associations.

Anna Serrao
Renald Brisebois
Linda Lefebvre
Ellen Schowalter
Renald Brisebois
Art in the Park
The Strathcona Park
Renald Brisebois

Ideal venue for a professional or semi-professional artist or artisan seeking to exhibit work in a low-cost, yet beautiful venue.

Registration Fee Only – No Commission

Art In The Park Event Flyer: Art in the Park

Registration information: Art in the Park

REGISTER now by using the attached pdf form : Art in the Park

OR REGISTER now by using the attached word form : Art in the Park

For event information please contact:
email: ArtInThePark@micaontario.com
Ph: (613) 884-6422
Organized by: MICA (Mental Illness Caregivers Association)




Friendship Support Group

Mental Illness Caregivers Association is pleased to announce that the Friendship Support Group program has received a Community Grant from the Ottawa Community Foundation! This grant will be integral in ensuring that the FSG, a valued mental health program operating in Ottawa for over 30 years, will continue to provide much-needed support within our community.

The Ottawa Community Foundation is a public, non-profit organization created by and for the people of Ottawa. It connects donors who care with causes that matter and serves as a trusted resource for addressing issues and leveraging opportunities in the community. It attracts and manages a growing endowment, the invested earnings of which provide grants to charitable organizations.

The Foundation’s role is as neutral broker in support of all charitable causes that contribute to the community’s quality of life. With a growing profile, the Ottawa Community Foundation has built an enviable reputation for astute financial management, high-quality donor services, strategic grantmaking and innovative partnerships. For more information, visit www.ocf-fco.ca

FSG Schedule

Resources for Coping During the COVID-19 Pandemic


Wellness Together Canada was funded by the Government of Canada in response to the unprecedented rise in mental distress due to the COVID-19 pandemic. People are being challenged like never before due to isolation, physical health concerns, substance use concerns, financial and employment uncertainty, and the emotional dialogue around racial equality. We’re all going through this together, and we believe that mental health is a journey, not a destination. Each day, we can take a step for our own wellbeing. Wellness Together Canada is here to support everybody on that journey by providing free access to self-assessment toolkits, one to one counselling, self guided courses and apps, and online community of suppport and counselling. Visit Wellness Together Canada and take the five minute self assessment!

CMHA Toolkit for Psychologically-Safe Return to the Physical Workplace amid COVID-19 Pandemic

As Ontario's economy gradually re-opens during the COVID-19 pandemic, the CMHA has developed a new tool kit that supports employees, employers with planning phychologically-safe return to the physical workplace. Get the new CMHA toolkit here

Ottawa Mental Health Agencies To Launch One Stop Web Site for Counselling

Counselling Connect provides free access to a same-day or next-day phone or video counselling session for mental health and other issues. No waiting list!
Connect here to select a counselling service.

Read the Ottawa Citizen Article Here!

Resources for Coping During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Covid-19 has created huge disruptions in our daily lives. For many, it’s a challenge to maintain a healthy mental and emotional state as we deal with anxiety, loneliness and physical distancing. But there are ways to cope. We have pulled together the following list of events and resources, from the Royal Ottawa that could help care-givers and their loved ones at this difficult time:


COVID-19 Resources


Lets get in touch. Send us a message:

19 Colonnade Road, P.O. Box 5065, Ottawa, ON, K2G 4V8, canada

Phone: (613) 884-6422

Hours: 9:00 am - 4:00 pm EST

Information: info@MICAontario.com