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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, May 18, 2017. Register today!

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Re-Mind: A day of art, music & readings (May 24)

Re-Mind: A day of art, music & readings (May 24)

Sponsored by the Otsuka Lundbeck Alliance, B.C. Schizophrenia Society presents “Re-Mind: A day of art, music & readings,” a National Schizophrenia and Psychosis Awareness Day event aimed to bring people together to end the stigma surrounding mental illness with live music, food and drinks! This event was developed to highlight and “re-mind” people that there is still hope for those affected by severe and persistent mental illnesses. Register 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 a chance to receive 1 of 14 scholarships 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. Application Deadline: June 1, 2017

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Visions Magazine: Families & Crisis – BC Mental Health Act

Visions Magazine: Families & Crisis – BC 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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Families in Crisis and BC’s Mental Health Act

In times of crisis, families experience a huge amount of stress—from dealing with their immediate emotions of fear and anxiety to dealing with the medical system and supporting their loved one as he or she is being hospitalized. Having provided support for families for more than 34 years, BC Schizophrenia Society (BCSS) understands the importance of family involvement in the treatment and care of people living with schizophrenia and other serious and enduring mental illness. [Read More]