The Kings County chapter of the Schizophrenia Society of Nova Scotia is going to look at the value of personal networks in caring for the mentally ill.
Caring friends and relatives can make a difference, according to Roger Cann of New Minas. He is going to speak about the Planned Lifetime Advocacy Network (PLAN) model on Feb. 19.
Cann has also arranged for a screening of the National Film Board’s 2005 production, ‘The Ties That Bind.’
This award winning NFB film takes the viewer into the lives of the Jordan family as Kathleen and Bill struggle to let go as Chris, their son, strives for a more independent life.
Cann and his wife, Sadie, have completed an on-line course on support networks through the PLAN Institute for Caring Citizenship.
“We are willing to share it with others. We have texts, and course outlines and a couple of DVDs,” he said.
Cann said he became familiar with the group about 15 years ago.
He will sketch out the value of a support network, and broadly describe how to establish and sustain a group of individuals who formally indicate that they will be supportive of a particular individual.
“The strength of a support network, which may take years to develop,” he says, “will be the interaction of the group members. They share a common task, to support one individual. The network will be intentional, and given continuity through its covenants.”
The special evening will take place at 7 p.m. in the Louis Millett Community Centre in New Minas. Everyone is welcome, Cann said.