May 8, 2012
Dr. Lori Schindel Martin is Associate Professor, Associate Director, School of Nursing, Ryerson University, Toronto, Canada, and Chair, Gentle Persuasive Approaches Advisory Committee. Amy MacFarlane is Founder and CEO of Recreational Respite Inc., which provides for creative living and innovative care. They talk about their programs and the needs these meet. They explain gentleness in caring, and what has been learned from its application in the training of healthcare professionals and family caregivers. They discuss modern attitudes to mental illnesses in light of past approaches to mental illnesses that led to treatment that was unsympathetic or even cruel. They explain how their programs are changing attitudes towards family caregivers caring for family members with mental illnesses and towards mental illnesses. They say what they would like to see done to promote gentleness in caring for persons with mental health conditions, and they give their messages for family caregivers.