Family describes people with a strong and emotional, psychological and/or economic commitment to one another & regardless of the nature of their relationship.

"Family" can include those connected by biology, adoption, marriage or friendship. Ultimately, it is the person seeking services (whether it be a family member or a consumer) who deï-nes his or her own "family". (Centre for Addictions and Mental Health)

Mental Health Commission of Canada Guidelines

Caring Together: Families as partners in the mental health and addiction system

Help for families

National Family Caregiving Support Guidelines

National Guidelines for a Comprehensive Service System to Support Family Caregivers of Adults with Mental Health Problems and Illnesses