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Music For The Hearts: A Fundraiser for BCSS

Music For The Hearts: A Fundraiser for BCSS

The Music for the Hearts 2017 an evening of fine classical and traditional music for better mental health. All proceeds will be donated to B.C. Schizophrenia Society

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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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Bringing Cognitive Remediation to British Columbia: A One-Day Conference

Bringing Cognitive Remediation to British Columbia: A One-Day Conference

Come learn about cognitive difficulties and evidence-based cognitive remediation programs. Hear about an efficient strategy for training staff to deliver programs, and from people in B.C. working on related initiatives. 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: August 4, 2017

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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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Bringing Cognitive Remediation to British Columbia: A One-Day Conference (Saturday, October 14, 2017)

People living with schizophrenia and other psychotic disorders often develop profound and disabling cognitive deficits. Even more than positive or negative symptoms, cognitive deficits can impair daily functioning and are a major factor in chronic disability and unemployment. (Hurford, 2011)

This conference will describe the kinds of cognitive losses that frequently occur and discuss a variety of evidence-based cognitive remediation programs. Participants will also hear from people in B.C. working on related initiatives and learn about an efficient method developed at Columbia University for training staff to deliver cognitive remediation programs.

Register today!

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