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Wills and Trusts Information Session

The BC Schizophrenia Society is hosting a free seminar on wills and trusts on Wednesday, April 9, 2014 at 6:30 p.m. at Vancouver Public Library – Central Branch (350 West Georgia Street) with Sarah Leyshon-Hughes as the guest speaker. Sarah will highlight some of the changes being implemented on March 31st, 2014 by the Wills, Estates, and Succession Act concerning the making of wills and the administration of estates, and provide information on Discretionary Trusts.  The seminar will be designed to last about an hour and one-half, with time available for relevant questions during the presentation. Sarah will not be addressing RDSPs during this seminar.

Space is limited so call 604-270-7841 or email development@nullbcss.org to reserve your spot.

National Schizophrenia & Psychosis Awareness Day

National Schizophrenia & Psychosis Awareness Day

FACT: 500,000 Canadians are caring for an adult diagnosed with a mental illness. Join us for a free presentation to learn how mental illness affects individuals, families and communities. Saturday, May 24, 2014 2:00 – 4: 00 PM Vancity Theatre 1181 Seymour Street Vancouver, B.C.

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Vancouver urges government to act on untreated mental illness

Vancouver urges government to act on untreated mental illness

[Police Chief] Chu and [Mayor] Roberston want 300 secure mental health treatment beds, a hospital crisis centre and better treatment options at provincial housing facilities.

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National Family Caregiving Support Guidelines

National Family Caregiving Support Guidelines

These guidelines seek to recognize and support family caregivers’ needs and provide evidence-based best practices and advice to policy makers and service providers. They also include recommendations that are intended to improve a caregiver’s capacity to provide the best possible care to adults living with mental illness while maintaining their own wellbeing.

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Local referral and support

Local referral and support

Do you have a family member with a mental illness? Are you wondering what services are available for serious mental illness in your community and how to access them? Need help figuring out what to do? BCSS can help. We have staff and volunteers in locations near you who can talk to you about your options and help you get connected. For contact info, please visit the link above for a list of locations or contact BCSS at 1-888-888-0029 to be referred to the person nearest you.

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How do I get help for my loved one?

How do I get help for my loved one?

Click here for information and tips for family members on how to get help for your loved one.

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Calendar of training, support and other events in BC

Calendar of training, support and other events in BC

Our online calendar at www.bcss.org/calendar contains support groups, training and events for people with a mental illness and their family and supporters. It is updated regularly and includes events and resources from all over British Columbia.

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Online Support Groups for Family  / Supporters

Online Support Groups for Family / Supporters

Visit www.reachingfamiliesproject.org to participate in our online support groups for family members and supporters. The support group coordinator is available to answer your questions about services and supporting a loved one with a mental illness.

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Strengthening Families Together – 10 session group for family and friends

Strengthening Families Together – 10 session group for family and friends

Do you have a relative or friend with a serious mental illness? Strengthening Families Together is a 10-session group for families and friends, which provides information, skill-building, and support. Offered throughout BC in spring and fall. Contact your local branch for details.

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Where do I get help for my loved one?

Where do I get help for my loved one?

If you’re trying to get help for a loved one with schizophrenia, psychosis or another serious mental illness, the BC Schizophrenia Society can help. Click here for more information.

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Schizophrenia / Psychosis Early Warning Signs

Schizophrenia / Psychosis Early Warning Signs

This list of warning signs was developed by people whose relatives have schizophrenia or other serious mental illness. Many behaviours are within the range of normal responses to situations. Yet family members sense—even when symptoms are mild—that behaviour is “unusual”; that the person is “not the same”.

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Ulysses Agreement – planning for support

Ulysses Agreement – planning for support

A Ulysses Agreement is a voluntary plan that allows a parent to plan how their children will be cared for should they relapse and be temporally unable to care for their children. Help to create these plans is available in Boston Bar, Hope, Agassiz, Mission, Abbotsford, Langley, White Rock & Surrey from Mark Littlefield at (604) 832-0705. Outside the Fraser region, please call Mark for more information or click on the link for written information and templates.

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Kids in Control Support Group Program

Kids in Control Support Group Program

The Kids in Control Support Group Program, created by the BC Schizophrenia Society, gives information, education and support to children eight to thirteen years of age who have a parent with a serious mental illness. The Teens in Control program is now available for Teens. For more information visit: www.bcss.org/kidsincontrol

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