Was this page useful?

*Required Field

SJHH / Health Services/ Mental Health & Addiction Services/ Family Resource Centre

Family Resource Centre

What this Service does…

Caring for a loved one struggling with mental illness or addiction issues can bring unique challenges for family members and friends. With a welcoming presence near the Main Entrance of West 5th Campus, the Family Resource Centre (FRC) offers tailored information to help family and friends in their supportive role.

Visitors can borrow a book, magazine or DVD for two weeks or longer, obtain free educational brochures and flyers, or browse online resources on two internet-ready iPads.

The Family Resource Centre was opened through the generous support of donors who recognized the need for such an important and unique support service in our community.

How this Service helps…

  • Borrow from over 200 books, DVDs and magazines. Learn about mental health, mental illness, addiction, and recovery through inspiring memoirs, step-by-step workbooks, illustrated magazines, self-help guides, captivating fiction stories and more.
  • Navigate St. Joes. Find information about the Mental Health and Addiction Program at St. Joseph’s Healthcare Hamilton, including the location of various clinics and information about patient programs.
  • Look online. Two internet-connected iPads are available for family members and friends to browse online resources.
  • Find help in the community. Learn about community organizations, free events, education opportunities, support groups, and recreation programs.
  • Talk to someone that understands. Talk to our volunteers who have lived experience as a parent, partner, friend or close relative supporting a loved one with mental illness or addiction issues.


The Family Resource Centre has a collection of over 200 books and hundreds of brochures. Our materials cover topics regarding mental health, mental illness, addiction, and recovery. They are selected from best-seller lists, community organizations and from experts in the field. Below is a list of topics our collection covers:

  • Alcohol and substance use
  • Alzheimer’s disease
  • Anxiety
  • Bipolar Disorder
  • Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD)
  • Children’s books educating about mental illness / substance use
  • Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)
  • Communication strategies
  • Depression
  • Developmental Disorders (ADD, ADHD, Autism)
  • Dialectical Behavioural Therapy (DBT)
  • Fiction stories related to mental illness / substance use
  • Grief and loss
  • Memoirs
  • Mindfulness
  • Panic attacks
  • Perimenopause & Menopause
  • Post-partum Depression
  • Post-traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
  • Relationships
  • Self-help
  • Schizophrenia
  • Stress
  • Suicide
  • Trauma
  • Workbooks

Browse our full collection via our online catalog:

Online Resources:

Hours of Operation

The Family Resource Centre is staffed by volunteers and our Hours of Operation can vary depending on volunteer availability. Please always call ahead to ensure the FRC will be open during your visit.

Monday: 9 AM – 3 PM
Tuesday: 9 AM – 8 PM
Wednesday: 9 AM – 3 PM
Thursday: 9 AM – 5 PM
Friday: 9 AM – 3 PM
Saturday: 10 - 12pm


Need to renew a loan? Have a question about what materials are available?
Contact the Family Resource Centre anytime to talk to our volunteers during our Hours of Operation, or to leave a message that will be checked the following business day.

Call 905-522-1155 ext. 39075     

Family Resource Centre
St. Joseph's Healthcare Hamilton
100 West 5th St., Level 1
Hamilton, Ontario L8N 3K7
We are located near the Main Entrance on Level1.

 For more information, please contact 905-522-1155 ext. 36286