Self Help

Self-help groups, also known as mutual help, mutual aid, or support groups, are groups of people with a common bond who voluntarily come together to share, reach out, and learn from each other in a trusting, supportive, and open environment. In a self-help group, the members share a common problem, often a common disease or addiction. Their mutual goal is to help each other to deal with, if possible to heal or to recover from, this problem. The common bond is defined as the collective experience related to being diagnosed as having a serious mental illness (such as bipolar illness, schizophrenia, or major depression) and receiving services from the mental health system. Self-help is based on the principle of helping oneself and others at the same time. Thus, self-help is a mutual process, without a dichotomy between the helper and the person being helped

Mental Health Self-Help Organizations Co-Located @ FACES 4 Fort Street, Suite 100, Winnipeg, MB, R3C 1C4

About Faces

The name FACES was chosen to represent the five self-help mental health organizations at 4 Fort Street that work for and represent the many FACES of the individuals with mental illness, including their friends, families and natural supports.FACES includes the following organizations:

Anxiety Disorders Association of Manitoba (ADAM)

Offers cognitive behavioral groups, ongoing support groups, an information and referral service, and education and public awareness.

Phone: 204-925-0600
Fax: 204-925-0609
Toll Free: 1-800-805-8885
E-mail: adam@adam.mb.ca
Website: www.adam.mb.ca

Manitoba Schizophrenia Society (MSS)

Provides peer supports and services for individuals and families, public education, research and advocacy for people living with schizophrenia.

Phone: 204-786-1616
Fax: 204-783-4898
Toll Free 1-800-263-4898
E-mail: info@mss.mb.ca
Website: www.mss.mb.ca

Mood Disorders Association of Manitoba (MDAM)

Offers monthly meetings, support and consultation to individuals and families, educational workshops, speakers to community groups, a hospital visitation program, and telephone support.

Phone: 204-786-0987
Fax: 204-775-3497
Toll Free 1-800-263-1460
E-mail: info@mooddisordersmanitoba.ca
Website: www.mooddisordersmanitoba.ca

Obsessive Compulsive Disorder Centre Manitoba, Inc. (OCDC)

Providing support, information and education to members, their families and professionals, and promotes research.

Phone: 204-942-3331
Fax: 204-772-6706
E-mail: education@ocdmanitoba.ca
Website: www.ocdmanitoba.ca

* Natural supports refers to family members, friends or others involved closely with a person with a mental illness who do not receive remuneration for offering this support.