Welcome to Emmaus Family Support. My name is Eric Gurash, a Permanent Deacon in the Roman Catholic Church.
Our is a Christian peer-led support for mental health caregivers. We are a gathering of individuals who are the primary caregivers of a family member or loved one experiencing mental health challenges.
Several years ago one of our children was diagnosed with Borderline Personality Disorder. It quickly became clear to my wife and me that, when it came to support for ourselves, as primary caregivers of a loved one with serious mental health challenges, there was very little on offer.
As we began speaking with others about our own experiences as caregivers, it became apparent that we were not alone. In sharing our experiences, we are regularly approached by others who feel the need for ongoing peer support.
The name “Emmaus Family Support” underscores the collaborative, mutually supportive nature of our ministry. It also acknowledges the often surprising presence of Christ whom we have discovered suddenly traveling at our side.
This site has been developed as a means of communicating resources and support materials for caregivers of family members and friends experiencing mental health difficulties and challenges. It is meant to be a place where faith and the strength of our collective lived experiences can provide solace, compassion, and above all, hope to others who find themselves in similar circumstances.
What is Peer Support?
Peer support involves the coming together of individuals with lived experience of, in our case, mental health challenges within the family. Peer support focuses on shared learning, building resiliency, walking together, and moving forward towards a healthier life for ourselves and those whom we care for.