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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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“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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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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