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Ministry of Mental Health and Addictions Public Form

Ministry of Mental Health and Addictions Public Form

The Ministry of Mental Health and Addictions is transforming B.C.’s mental health and additions system through public feedback  via Engage BC website There are several ways to contribute: Submit the online feedback form Submit feedback and ideas via email to: engageMMHA@nullgov.bc.ca Download a printable PDF version of the feedback form and submit your thoughts by mail

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New Information Bulletin: When a Spouse Has a Mental Illness

New Information Bulletin: When a Spouse Has a Mental Illness

Our latest information bulletin, When a Spouse Has a Mental Illness, acknowledges the challenges spouses face when their partner has a mental illness. This is a helpful resource for spouses and other family members to know they are not alone in their experiences and find books, information, programs and support groups to help them cope. Feel free to make a …

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New Information Bulletin: Medication Update for Family Members

New Information Bulletin: Medication Update for Family Members

Our latest information bulletin, Medication Updates for Families, is a brief overview of how families can help support their loved ones in seeking medications and treatments that work in managing a mental illness.

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Employment: Vancouver-Sunshine Coast Educator

Employment: Vancouver-Sunshine Coast Educator

Interested in being a liaison between families and the mental health system?Experienced in providing family support? Apply to be a to join the BCSS team as a Regional Educator. Deadline for applications: Friday, August 31, 2018, at 4:30 pm.

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New Information Bulletin: Supporting Children of Parents with Mental Illness in the Classroom

New Information Bulletin: Supporting Children of Parents with Mental Illness in the Classroom

Our latest information bulletin is entitled, Supporting Children of Parents with Mental Illness in the Classroom. This resource is great for educators, family members and friends as they look for ways to support children and youth they know who have a parent with mental illness. Readers will find a list of peer support groups and workshops, films, curriculum and books to help children …

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The BCSS Purple Wave Crosses The ScotiaRun 2018 Finish Line!

The BCSS Purple Wave Crosses The ScotiaRun 2018 Finish Line!

Thanks to everyone who participated in the ScotiaRun 2018! Runners and walkers crossed the Stanley Park finish line in a wave of purple raising funds and awareness for BCSS. It’s not too late to make a donation to show your support!

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National Website Designed to Educate Emerging Adults about Risks of Cannabis

National Website Designed to Educate Emerging Adults about Risks of Cannabis

A new national harm-reduction website is aiming to educate youth with balanced information about the link between cannabis use and psychotic disorders like schizophrenia. Cannabis and Psychosis: Explore the Link (www.cannabisandpsychosis.ca) is a project of the Schizophrenia Society of Canada. Featuring current scientific evidence and young people’s experiential perspectives, the resource dispels some of the myths about cannabis while empowering …

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20 Years Later: Revisiting Patricia Forsdyke’s series, “Breaking the Silence”

20 Years Later: Revisiting Patricia Forsdyke’s series, Breaking the Silence

In December of 1998, a series of seven articles appeared in the “Kingston Whig Standard,” under the banner “Breaking the Silence.” The subject was schizophrenia. Patricia Forsdyke, eloquently described in detail the horrible ravages this most serious disorder of the brain wreaks on patients, their families and society at large. Two decades later, nothing has changed. Every two weeks, BCSS …

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Summer Hours at B.C. Schizophrenia Society

Summer Hours at B.C. Schizophrenia Society

With summer around the corner, it’s important to know who is around when an emergency strikes. Regional Educators and other staff will be taking some time to recharge over the next few months. Here is a list of who to contact while your local Regional Educator is away. This page will be updated periodically throughout the summer. And remember, you can always …

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Celebrating The Successes of People Living with Schizophrenia and Other Serious Mental Illness

Celebrating The Successes of People Living with Schizophrenia and Other Serious Mental Illness

On May 24, 2018, B.C. Schizophrenia Society hosted the 2nd Annual Re-Mind: A Day of Art, Music and Readings for National Schizophrenia and Psychosis Awareness Day. Sponsored by the Otsuka-Lundbeck Alliance, this free event filled Beaumont Studios with more than 120 people throughout the day who listened to authors, enjoyed musicians, and admired the art on the walls. This event …

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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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