Pathways to Hope

Having family members share their specific experiences of the illness with each other - this was a powerful experience … and it was something that had not been done in the past, even though they had been living with mental illness in the family for many years.
— Clinician trained in Family Work

Our strategic vision at the Mental Health Foundation is simple - to ensure Nova Scotians with mental illness are thriving in our communities. The ongoing commitment of our generous donors allows us to make that happen.

Through the pivotal support of the Keating family, Jack, Colin & Mickey MacDonald, Westwood Developments, and other community leaders, we’ve been able to improve the levels of training and education both in the hospital and in the community.

Pathways to Hope encompasses the Charles Keating Education Fund and the Welcome Home Fund.

Of particular note this year, is the progress being made under the education component – the Meriden Programme. This unique concept, out of the UK, works to transform traditional mental healthcare treatment into a client-centred collaborative approach. It focuses on the whole family, rather than just the patient. Programming takes place in the home environment and includes 10-14 sessions.

The Mental Health Foundation of Nova Scotia made a three year, $445,000 commitment to support this innovative program.

"It’s good to know we are not alone. We have learned so much from other families and from the health care providers. We now know there is hope and we have experienced progress.” – Families Matter participant

It’s obvious Families Matter Programs are reaching families right across our province. The program is building momentum and changing lives. We’re incredibly proud of the progress the Meriden Programme is making, and look forward to watching it continue to grow.