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BC Schizophrenia Society (BCSS) Hosts “Lunch and Learn” for Provincial MLAs

BC Schizophrenia Society representatives and supporters hosted an exciting “Lunch and Learn” event October 9th, 2014 for BC MLAs. Recently retired police chief Jamie Graham, prominent psychiatrist Dr. Bill McEwan, and parents and educators Bill Magee and Eve McBride addressed MLAs and staff at the packed-out session, which was held in the Members’ Lounge of the Legislature. Minister of Health Terry Lake welcomed participants and provided opening remarks. Many other distinguished guests attended the enjoyable and interesting “Lunch and Learn” session, including Minister of Education Peter Fassbender, Chair of the Select Standing …

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Obtaining and Providing Mental Health Information – A Guide For Family Members

Obtaining and Providing Mental Health Information – A Guide For Family Members

This Guide is designed to help family members and others playing a family-like role to receive information from mental health care professionals; and to give information to mental health care professionals. Information-sharing is important for continuity of patient care, as well as for the recovery and ongoing support of the ill person’s health and well-being. This Guide is for families who are involved in caring for a person with a severe mental illness.

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JOIN THE BCSS RUNNING TEAM!

JOIN THE BCSS RUNNING TEAM!

On May 3rd 2015, The BC Schizophrenia Society (BCSS) will be a BMO Run4Hope community charity. Run4Hope is the charity program of the Vancouver BMO Marathon. The programs’ goal is to raise funds for social impact and community good, and we are very excited to be a part of it. In an effort to prepare for this fantastic opportunity, we are building a dynamic, energetic and celebratory BCSS Team of enthusiastic volunteers and runners.

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Where do I get help for my loved one?

Where do I get help for my loved one?

If you’re trying to get help for a loved one with schizophrenia, psychosis or another serious mental illness, the BC Schizophrenia Society can help. Click here for more information.

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Calendar of training, support and other events in BC

Calendar of training, support and other events in BC

Our online calendar at www.bcss.org/calendar contains support groups, training and events for people with a mental illness and their family and supporters. It is updated regularly and includes events and resources from all over British Columbia.

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Strengthening Families Together – 10 session group for family and friends

Strengthening Families Together – 10 session group for family and friends

Do you have a relative or friend with a serious mental illness? Strengthening Families Together is a 10-session group for families and friends, which provides information, skill-building, and support. Offered throughout BC in spring and fall. Contact your local branch for details.

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Local referral and support

Local referral and support

Do you have a family member with a mental illness? Are you wondering what services are available for serious mental illness in your community and how to access them? Need help figuring out what to do? BCSS can help. We have staff and volunteers in locations near you who can talk to you about your options and help you get connected. For contact info, please visit the link above for a list of locations or contact BCSS at 1-888-888-0029 to be referred to the person nearest you.

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National Family Caregiving Support Guidelines

National Family Caregiving Support Guidelines

These guidelines seek to recognize and support family caregivers’ needs and provide evidence-based best practices and advice to policy makers and service providers. They also include recommendations that are intended to improve a caregiver’s capacity to provide the best possible care to adults living with mental illness while maintaining their own wellbeing.

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How do I get help for my loved one?

How do I get help for my loved one?

Click here for information and tips for family members on how to get help for your loved one.

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Online Support Groups for Family  / Supporters

Online Support Groups for Family / Supporters

Visit www.reachingfamiliesproject.org to participate in our online support groups for family members and supporters. The support group coordinator is available to answer your questions about services and supporting a loved one with a mental illness.

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Schizophrenia / Psychosis Early Warning Signs

Schizophrenia / Psychosis Early Warning Signs

This list of warning signs was developed by people whose relatives have schizophrenia or other serious mental illness. Many behaviours are within the range of normal responses to situations. Yet family members sense—even when symptoms are mild—that behaviour is “unusual”; that the person is “not the same”.

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Ulysses Agreement – planning for support

Ulysses Agreement – planning for support

A Ulysses Agreement is a voluntary plan that allows a parent to plan how their children will be cared for should they relapse and be temporally unable to care for their children. Help to create these plans is available in Boston Bar, Hope, Agassiz, Mission, Abbotsford, Langley, White Rock & Surrey from Mark Littlefield at (604) 832-0705. Outside the Fraser region, please call Mark for more information or click on the link for written information and templates.

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BC Schizophrenia Society (BCSS) Hosts “Lunch and Learn” for Provincial MLAs

Terry Lake, Minister of Health

Terry Lake, British Columbia Minister of Health

David Halikowski, BC Schizophrenia Society President

David Halikowski, BC Schizophrenia Society President

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Dr. Bill MacEwan, BCSS Medical Advisory Board Chair

Jamie Graham, BC Schizophrenia Society Provincial Board Member

Jamie Graham, BCSS Society Provincial Board Member

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David Halikowski, BCSS President

Terry Lake, Minister of Health

Terry Lake, BC Minister of Health

Eve McBride and Bill Magee

Eve McBride and Bill Magee

Terry Lake, Minister of Health

Terry Lake, Minister of Health

Dr. Bill MacEwan, BC Schizophrenia Society Medical Advisory Board Chair

Dr. Bill MacEwan

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Fred Dawe

BC Schizophrenia Society representatives and supporters hosted an exciting “Lunch and Learn” event October 9th, 2014 for BC MLAs.

Recently retired police chief Jamie Graham, prominent psychiatrist Dr. Bill McEwan, and parents and educators Bill Magee and Eve McBride addressed MLAs and staff at the packed-out session, which was held in the Members’ Lounge of the Legislature. Minister of Health Terry Lake welcomed participants and provided opening remarks

Many other distinguished guests attended the enjoyable and interesting “Lunch and Learn” session, including Minister of Education Peter Fassbender, Chair of the Select Standing Committee on Children and Youth Jane Thornthwaite, and Opposition Mental Health Critic Sue Hammell.

Following the event, BC Schizophrenia Society members and guests were invited to attend the parliamentary question period, and were officially introduced and welcomed to the House by Minister Lake.

We look forward to continuing relations with all members of Parliament who are committed to helping people with mental illness and their families.

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Some British Columbia Schizophrenia Society Staff and Volunteers

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Schizophrenia is a serious but medically treatable brain condition

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