Mental Illness Caregivers Association of Canada
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.
To learn more about resources for caregivers coping during the COVID pandemic
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:
WALK WITH US:
You’ll be supporting caregivers and their loved ones living with a mental health issue. Make a one-time donation, a regular donation, or consider donating in someone’s memory.
WE WALK WITH YOU!
MICA Board Members and Volunteers got together in Strathcona Park to send this socially distanced message to our caregivers !
George Thwaites talks Poetry
Maggie Henderson-Davis sits down with our feature artist George Thwaites, whose poetry inspired our theme "No One Walks Alone"
Click here for a directory of many of the talented artists and artisans who exhibited at the 2023 event:
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
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!
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
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!
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:
It’s a challenging time, but help is available to get to the other side. We can come out stronger together by reaching out for information and help when we need it.
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