Mental Health First Aid Australia and The University of Melbourne are undertaking a Delphi study to update the mental health first aid guidelines for Psychosis. These guidelines were published in 2008 and it is important that these are updated based on current evidence. These guidelines will be developed for high income, western countries. We are currently inviting people from Canada, who have expertise in the field of psychosis to participate in this research.
As many of you may already be aware, B.C. Schizophrenia Society’s (BCSS) contract for its family support program with Fraser Health Authority was discontinued effective October 31, 2017. Since then BCSS has been able to find alternative short-term funding to cover services throughout the Fraser region through November 30, 2018. At this time, after careful reflection and review, BCSS has had to make some tough decisions.
You didn’t cause it. You can’t change it. You can only take care of yourself. Kids in Control and Teens in Control are free education and support programs offered and created by B.C. Schizophrenia Society. They target children and youth (8-18 years) who have a family member with a mental illness (e.g., bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, major depression).
Through phone calls, emails and family meetings, B.C. Schizophrenia Society Regional Educators connected nearly 64,000 times with families and individuals looking for help and assistance as they navigated the mental health system.
B.C. Schizophrenia Society made nearly 400 presentations to more than 6,500 people across the province. These presentations were made to schools, community groups, nursing students, justice workers, mental health workers, front line staff and many others.
B.C. Schizophrenia Society Regional Educators hosted 651 family support groups, connecting individuals and making it possible for people to provide each other with emotional support.
Approximately 500 people attended Strengthen Families Together Program Sessions across B.C. helping them better understand serious mental health illness and gain information as they continue along their journey of supporting their loved ones.
BCSS Foundation has been key in funding cutting-edge research for schizophrenia. At the same time, BCSS stays up to date on current information and research studies on schizophrenia.
With the help of HeretoHelp and the BC Partners in Mental Health, BCSS operates the Reaching Families Project. This is an online support group forum for people supporting someone living with schizophrenia and other serious mental illness.
Last year approximately 900 volunteers helped BCSS deliver programs, services, information and events. Without volunteers, BCSS would not be where it is today. Find an opportunity near you today.