Advocating for a Recovery Model that Includes Severe Mental Illness

The Mental Health Commission of Canada’s Declaration of Commitment to Recovery outlines key recovery principles in an effort to make recovery a reality across the mental health system. However, many of these principles exclude individuals who, because of their illness, are not able to direct their own care. [Read more…]



Advocating for Adherence to Coroners Services Inquest Recommendations

The BC Coroners Service is responsible for investigating unnatural, sudden, and unexpected deaths and identifying and advancing recommendations to individuals, groups, and agencies aimed at prevention of death in the future under similar circumstances. These recommendations provide an opportunity to improve services for the mentally ill and their families and need to be closely monitored. [Read more…]



Promoting Family Involvement among Health Professionals

The National Guidelines for Family Caregivers recognize the invaluable contribution that families make caring for the mentally ill. Health professionals need to recognize these contributions, support families, and work with them to ensure the best care possible for people living with mental illness.
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More Advocacy Links

CALL TO ACTION: Our Mental Health Act is Under Attack
The Vancouver Sun: Opinion: B.C.’s Mental Health Act is about treating mental illness
B.C. Schizophrenia Society Disagrees with Community Legal Assistance Society Report
“Charter Challenge To B.C. Mental Health Act Is Misguided” by Marvin Ross
“The B.C. Mental Health Act Protects My Daughter” by Susan Inman
Visions Magazine: Families & Crisis – B.C. Mental Health Act
B.C. Schizophrenia Society Position on Charter Challenge
BCSS Housing Call to Action
PRIORITY: Advocating for a Recovery Model that Includes Severe Mental Illness
PRIORITY: Advocating for Adherence to Coroners Services Inquest Recommendations
PRIORITY: Promoting Family Involvement among Health Professionals
Policy Update: MHCC Guidelines for Family Caregivers of Adults with Mental Illnesses
National Family Caregiving Support Guidelines
Our failed approach to schizophrenia
Ending Stigma and Achieving Parity in Mental Health: A Physician Perspective
Coroners Inquest Results – Ross Allan
How to: Speak OUT
Schizophrenia in Canada – A National Report
British Columbia Schizophrenia Society Statement on Violence
BC Schizophrenia Society – Statement On Violence
Police Intervention in Emergency Psychiatric Care: BluePrint For Change
Guide to the Mental Health Act
It’s Treatable – Audio Commercial
Family Charter of Rights
Our Abandoned Citizens – Policy Report
Releasing Information to Third Parties
Sample Consent Form – for releasing information to family members