Supporting a Family Member with Schizophrenia

This guide is published by the Center for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) for families touched by schizophrenia so that they develop strategies allowing the person affected to live an independent and enriching life in the community.

Written by Sean Kidd, Dawn I. Velligan and Natalie J. Maples, with foreword by Kim Mueser, Supporting a Family Member with Schizophrenia is a practical guide for families and other caregivers. The support strategies in the manual can help people with the illness to really engage in life—to be able to work, study, enjoy their leisure time and have meaningful relationships.

Topics in the manual include :

  • developing a plan for introducing strategies to your relative
  • suggestions for how to get started
  • devices for recording and tracking your relative’s progress
  • recommended supports—everything from reminder signs to calendars, checklists, alarms and other simple devices—displayed in illustrations of the home
  • ideas for how to set up supports within the home—in the bathroom, bedroom, living and eating areas.

See for a downloadable version of this manual, along with various signs, forms and checklists described in the manual, and accompanying educational videos.