Our Abandoned Citizens – Policy Report

British Columbia Schizophrenia Society Policy Papers

The mission statement of the BC Schizophrenia Society is “To improve the quality of life for those affected by schizophrenia and psychosis through education, support programs, public policy, and research.” Our overall goal is to help people with mental illness and their families live in dignity and safety in the community, with the opportunity to participate as much as possible.

Our major policy concerns are as follows:

  • Access to Clinical Care
  • Early Psychosis Intervention
  • Support to Families
  • Safe, Affordable Housing
  • Access to Medications
  • Income Support

These policies reflect the very real concerns of family members of people with serious mental illness. They are briefly and clearly stated in the short BCSS booklet, Our Abandoned Citizens: Policies for Change . This booklet outlines the key issues and the changes needed in each area.

More than ever, mental illness needs to be brought forward as an issue. With the shift to regional responsibility for health care in British Columbia , regional authorities must have clearer policy on mental health. They should be fully aware of the government’s promise to fully fund the BC Mental Health Plan and to preserve the original focus of the Plan’s target population – those 5% of the British Columbians who suffer from serious and persistent mental illness.

The policies that reflect the concerns of family members and friends of people with serious mental illness are briefly and clearly stated in Our Abandoned Citizens: Policies for Change.

Download Our Abandoned Citizens – Policy Report in Adobe pdf format. (May 14 2007)

Topic area: Advocacy


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