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Wills and Trusts Seminars

Wills and Trusts Seminars

B.C. Schizophrenia Society’s Wills and Trusts Seminars are held in the Spring and Fall of each year and cover topics such as: Wills & Estate Planning, Discretionary Trusts, Non-Discretionary Trusts, Registered Disability Savings Plans. Next session is Thursday, October 26, 2017. Register today!

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RESEARCH PARTICIPANTS WANTED: Birth, childhood health and psychosis outcomes

RESEARCH PARTICIPANTS WANTED: Birth, childhood health and psychosis outcomes

Seeking mothers of offspring between the ages of 16-45 years of age who have been diagnosed with schizophrenia to participate in a research study looking at how pregnancy complications and early life events may be associated with the emergence of psychosis.

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Visions Magazine: Families & Crisis – B.C. Mental Health Act

Visions Magazine: Families & Crisis – B.C. Mental Health Act

Our Executive Director, Deborah Conner, summarizes BCSS’ position on the Charter Challenge to the B.C. Mental Health Act in the latest volume of Visions.

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“The B.C. Mental Health Act Protects My Daughter” by Susan Inman

The B.C. Mental Health Act Protects My Daughter by Susan Inman

Provisions in British Columbia’s Mental Health Act that protect people with severe mental illnesses are currently under attack. A challenge filed in B.C.’s Supreme Court argues that both inpatient and outpatient involuntary treatment are violations of people’s human rights. The plaintiffs are two individuals who have received involuntary treatment as well as the Council of Canadians with Disabilities.

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“Charter Challenge To B.C. Mental Health Act Is Misguided” by Marvin Ross

Charter Challenge To B.C. Mental Health Act Is Misguided by Marvin Ross

Two B.C. patients have just launched a Charter challenge to the province’s Mental Health Act. The last challenge to a Mental Health Act that I am aware of was in Ontario where expanded civil commitment rules and the provisions of Community Treatment Orders (CTOs) were challenged. That was unsuccessful. A CTO is an order mandating treatment in the community. The case …

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Help to Find Help

Help to Find Help

Need to know how to find services in your area? Want to connect to a local BCSS family support educator? This tool will ask you some questions about your situation and help you find resources and information .

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Family Support and Education Calendar

Family Support and Education Calendar

Looking for a place to ask questions and talk with other people who care about someone with a mental illness? Welcome to our family calendar of support groups and events offered by BCSS and other BC mental health organizations to family and friends of persons with a mental illness.

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Bringing Cognitive Remediation to British Columbia: A One-Day Conference (Saturday, October 14, 2017)

People living with schizophrenia and other psychotic disorders often develop profound and disabling cognitive deficits. Even more than positive or negative symptoms, cognitive deficits can impair daily functioning and are a major factor in chronic disability and unemployment. (Hurford, 2011)

This conference will describe the kinds of cognitive losses that frequently occur and discuss a variety of evidence-based cognitive remediation programs. Participants will also hear from people in B.C. working on related initiatives and learn about an efficient method developed at Columbia University for training staff to deliver cognitive remediation programs.

Register today!

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