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Employment: Williams Lake Regional Educator

Employment: Williams Lake Regional 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, July 27, 2018, at 4:30 pm.

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Cannabis and Mental Health

Cannabis and Mental Health

British Columbia Schizophrenia Society Vancouver/ Richmond Team Invite You to Attend a Forum on: Cannabis and Mental Health Thursday July 26, 2018 6:00 pm to 8:30 pm

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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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Discussing Hot Topics Around Schizophrenia at “Re-Frame: The Broad Impacts of Schizophrenia”

Discussing Hot Topics Around Schizophrenia at Re-Frame: The Broad Impacts of Schizophrenia

“Re-Frame: The Broad Impacts of Schizophrenia,” brought people together to reflect on the impact of schizophrenia on individuals, families and communities. Important questions were raised about how to balance family involvement with an individual’s need for independence, how to secure stable housing for people with mental illness and how to support someone who is reluctant to accept treatment. The discussions …

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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 $2,000 to pursue their educational goals and build a better self for a brighter future ahead.

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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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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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