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Join BCSS for the 2nd Annual Re-Mind: A Day of Art, Music & Readings

Join BCSS for the 2nd Annual Re-Mind: A Day of Art, Music & Readings

For National Schizophrenia and Psychosis Awareness Day, come celebrate the artistic accomplishments of those living with severe and persistent mental illness. B.C. Schizophrenia Society is proud to bring back Re-Mind: A day of art, music & readings, an event aimed to bring people together to end the stigma surrounding mental illness with live music, food, and drinks!

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Walk, Run or Donate to BCSS in the 2018 ScotiaRun

Walk, Run or Donate to BCSS in the 2018 ScotiaRun

Whether you’re an avid runner, speed walker or leisurely stroller, join us on Sunday, June 24, 2018 for the Scotiabank Vancouver Half-Marathon and 5K Charity Challenge. Sign up today with BCSS Charity Pin Codes! P.S. You can also support BCSS by making a donation to a runner/walker today!

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Yes2Me Scholarships sponsored by the Otsuka-Lundbeck Alliance and B.C. Schizophrenia Society

Yes2Me Scholarships sponsored by the Otsuka-Lundbeck Alliance and B.C. Schizophrenia Society

Apply online today for an opportunity to receive a scholarship through the “Yes2Me” Scholarship Program. The Otsuka-Lundbeck Alliance and B.C. Schizophrenia Society are celebrating the efforts of young people living with mental illness by providing lucky recipients $1,000 to pursue their educational goals and build a better self for a brighter future ahead.

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Are you an artist, writer, musician or other type of performer?

Are you an artist, writer, musician or other type of performer?

To mark National Schizophrenia and Psychosis Awareness Day 2018, B.C. Schizophrenia Society is seeking submissions by artists and performers for “Re-Mind: A day of art, music and readings,” a one-day event focusing on artists, writers, musicians and other types of performers with schizophrenia and other severe and persistent mental illness. Call for submissions end: Monday, May 7, 2018 at 8:00pm …

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CALL TO ACTION: Our Mental Health Act is Under Attack

CALL TO ACTION: Our Mental Health Act is Under Attack

When we all speak together, we speak more loudly! We need your help in letting the B.C. government know that people are paying attention to policy reforms that could have tragic consequences for people with serious mental illness. Our current Mental Health Act truly benefits people with mental illness. Tell your MLA that B.C.’s Mental Health Act specifies the need …

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The Vancouver Sun: Opinion: B.C.’s Mental Health Act is about treating mental illness

The Vancouver Sun: Opinion: B.C.’s Mental Health Act is about treating mental illness

The purpose of the B.C. Mental Health Act is to help ill people receive the medical treatment they need and deserve so that they can regain their health. Many people with schizophrenia and other mental illnesses resist hospitalization and treatment because they do not believe that there is anything wrong with them. Core features of brain illness — delusions, hallucinations, …

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Cannabis Use, Schizophrenia and Psychosis

The link between the use of cannabis and symptoms of schizophrenia is clear even though it has been surrounded by controversy. The use of cannabis can trigger and lead to an earlier onset of schizophrenia to those already predisposed to this mental illness. It is also clear that some people living with schizophrenia use cannabis as a way to medicate …

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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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B.C. Schizophrenia Society Disagrees with Community Legal Assistance Society Report

In response to the report published on November 29, 2017, the B.C. Schizophrenia Society (BCSS) disagrees with many of the allegations made in the report by the Community Legal Assistance Society (CLAS) on the B.C. Mental Health Act.

According to the many family members and people we hear from who live with and are affected by severe and persistent mental illness, involuntary admission and treatment are crucial for people with severe and persistent mental illnesses like schizophrenia. The CLAS report does not offer solutions that would benefit the families and individuals we represent, but rather infringes on the rights of those living with severe and persistent mental illness and denies them their liberty and “the right to be well.”

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