The Family Support Expo
A Resource for Those Under Stress From Divorce, Mental and Physical Illness.
Almost one in four of us will suffer from some mental health issue at one point in our lifetime. Roughly four in ten marriages go through separation or divorce. Stress caused by separation, divorce, mental health and physical health problems suffered by individuals or their family members can overlap and compound such that nearly sixty percent of us are affected. Stephen Rosenfield has been a family mediator practicing in the GTA for over thirteen years. He specializes in families going through separation, who have children with mental health issues, or where one or both parents have mental health issues. He sees firsthand the devastation caused to families and wanted to do something about it.
“It was fascinating for me to see in my practice that there are families actually surviving these stresses. It could be single parents, families with members struggling with depression or bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, kids having educational difficulties because of Attention Deficit Disorder, or it could be issues surrounding the care for an elderly or infirmed parent. It struck me that nobody has really addressed on a consumer level how to help these people -people comprising approximately 60% of the population.”
So he decided to put on a show. His brainchild is the Family Support Expo, the first annual consumer show held on October 20 and 21st at the Toronto International Centre. “People considering separation, or who are in the middle of a separation often have many questions about their situation. To meet with a family lawyer can be expensive. The show presents an opportunity to meet with different family law practitioners to get answers and to see if they feel comfortable enough to perhaps hire them.” says Rosenfield
The Expo isn’t just for people in the midst of a divorce. Mental health and medical health are important issues both on the individual level and on the corporate level. Mental health issues cost businesses roughly 15 billion dollars in lost revenue every year. It is estimated that separation and divorce can cost businesses roughly 50 billion dollars in lost revenue every year. The show presents an opportunity for individuals to meet with representatives from various medical associations and modalities to get information and advice and perhaps find resources or practitioners who can help them with their specific problems. Rosenfield summarizes, “For people struggling with issues, the Expo is an excellent opportunity to get advice, listen to professionals speak, either at workshops or as keynote speakers.”
Fabulously popular local celebrity, Breakfast Television host Kevin Frankish will be host moderating the speaker forum. Speakers include CAMH Executive Director, Stephen Lurie, Divorce Consultant, Author, Lecturer, and host of The Smart Divorce on Divorce Source Radio, Deborah Moskovitch, and Social Worker (specializing in high conflict families) Howard Hurwitz.
As Rosenfield explains, the Family Support Expo is a show that is designed to let people know that they are not alone, that most people will struggle with issues at some point in their lives in some capacity and that there are resources and help out there.
For more information about this important event visit www.familysupportexpo.com