Resources for patients and families


Mental Illness: Underlying Causes and Approaches to Recovery

22q11.2 Deletion Syndrome: What does it mean for mental health

What is psychiatric genetic counselling? 

Watch the below video:



You can also read the article, "Genetic Counselling and Mental Illness."

Mental Illness and Genetics: Family History, and Protecting Your Mental Health: a video for families

Have you ever wondered what causes mental illness, or thought about genetic testing for a condition like depression, schizophrenia, OCD, or bipolar disorder? Do you wonder what your family history of mental illness might mean for you or for your kids? Perhaps you have wondered if there is anything that you might be able to do to protect your mental health? If you have ever wondered about questions like these, this webinar is for you. It can be frightening to ask these questions, but the answers are often more reassuring than you might expect.

Watch the video below for answers to these questions:


Blog posts for families about genetics and mental illness

How to protect your mental health when genetics makes you vulnerable

Is there a gene for schizophrenia, depression or alcoholism? Can I get tested for it?

Using genetic testing to select embryos at lower risk for schizophrenia, what should I know?

Protecting mental health in a pandemic

Jehannine talks about protecting their own mental health: 

Living Better in Lockdown ep. 9: Alastair Campbell Talks to Dr. Jehannine Austin

NSGC Psychiatric Disorders Expert Jehannine Austin Talks COVID-19

Family Ties: The Impact of Genetics on Your Mental Health