Newest Resources

Acknowledging the Empty Space - A Framework to Enhance the Support of People Left Behind when Someone is Missing

Developed by Dr. Sarah Wayland, this guidebook outlines suggestions for effective support services from counsellors, police, the media and the larger community when dealing with families of missing persons.  

Video: Do All Families Hold the Same Hope 2015

This video presents a conversation between Dr. Sarah Wayland and Sarah Godwin in advance of family forums held by Missing People UK.  The topic is whether all families hold on to the same hope in the case of a long-term disappearance.

Families of Missing Adults: Finding Help

Provides information about working with police, media and protecting oneself when reaching out to the public.

Released by Ontario's Missing Adults.

Quick Facts about Reporting a Missing Adult in Canada

This fact sheet, written by the Canadian Centre for Information on Missing Adults, provides information about recognizing when a person has gone missing, waiting time for reporting and who can report a missing adult.

Navigating the Missing Person Process

Provides an educational tool kit about what to do when a loved one goes missing.

Developed and released by the Native Women's Association of Canada (NWAC) and their Sisters in Spirit (SIS) initative.

Missing Person Checklist

Provides families with a list of the types of information police will need when filing a missing person report.

Developed and released by the Saskatchewan Provincial Partnership Committee on Missing Persons. Modified and posted with permission.

Missing People: A Guide for Family Members and Service Providers

This publication is a comprehensive guide highlighting the issues and challenges faced by families of the missing. The guide provides information for families living with the disappearance of a loved one as well as service providers working with the families. 

The guidebook was produced by the Families and Friends of Missing Persons Unit, NSW Department of Justice in collaboration with families experiencing the disappearance of a loved one.

In the Loop: Young People Talking about Missing

In the Loop is a resource for young people who are living with the disappearance of a loved one. It is also an informative guide for parents supporting young people when a loved one goes missing. This unique guide was written by young people who are living with the disappearance of a loved one.

Developed by the Families and Friends of Missing Persons Unit FFMPU), New South Wales, Australia. Modified with permission.

"Unending Not Knowing" - Missing People's overview of Ambiguous Loss

This fact sheet provides a brief overview of ambiguous loss. The fact sheet is excerpted from the An Uncertain Hope guidebook.

The guidebook was developed by the Missing People's Charity in the United Kingdom.

What is a Trigger?

Provides an explanation about what triggers are and offers tips on how to handle them when they occur. You can personalize the card with a key phrase that is meaningful to you.

Once printed and clipped, the document can be folded into the size of a business card and carried in your wallet.

The original card was created by Families and Friends of Missing Persons Unit, (New South Wales, Australia). It was modified from the original in agreement and co-operation of FFMPU.

Does a work colleague have someone missing?

Provides information about supporting a work colleague who is living with the disappearance of a loved one.

Excerpt from the "Missing People: A Guide for Family Members and Service Providers"

Tips for Supporting Those Coping with the Disappearance of a Loved One

This document provides tips for supporting those living with a missing loved one. The suggestions are based on the experience of a family member living with a missing loved one.

When a Person with Dementia Goes Missing

Provides a checklist of steps to take when a loved one living with Dementia goes missing.

Developed and released by the Alzheimer Society of Ontario.

"Missing" Guidebook

"MISSING" Guide - A guide for families and friends of individuals with a mental illness who have gone missing. This is a step-by-step resource designed to help families and friends understand their options and take concrete steps to help find their loved one.

Although contact information is specific to Manitoba, this guide outlines steps that family and friends can take to build awareness of the situation in the community and to supplement the efforts of police.

Schizophrenia and Missing Persons

Provides tips on adults who are living with schizophrenia and are at risk of going missing. 

Published by the Schizophrenia Society of Canada.

Schizophrenia: Rays of Hope (4th edition)

Provides comprehensive information for family members and caregivers of those living with schizophrenia. Included in this reference manual are suggestions for dealing with loved ones who are at risk of disappearing.

Published by the Schizophrenia Society of Canada.

The Disappearance of an Adult in Criminal Circumstances: A Guide Intended for Relatives and Interveners

Produced by Association des familles de personnes assassinées ou disparues(AFPAD). The guide is intended to support the relatives of adults who have disappeared in criminal circumstances, to better inform them of the steps to be taken and to raise public awareness of this issue.

If the Media Calls: A Guide for Crime Victims & Survivors

Developed by the Canadian Resource Centre for Victims of Crime this guide provides victims with information about the focus of the media; the impact of media on victims; the risks/benefits of speaking to the media; tips for interacting with the media and high-profile cases.