"Mental Illness does not define our family. We do not believe the lies that have been told to us by society. Sometimes it feels like no-one cares, no-one is listening, the world is just too dark to see where to walk. I have felt these feelings so many times when it comes to caring for my special needs son. His ADHD, Tourette’s, spacial disorder, OCD's, social anxiety, holding breath disorders, grandmal and petitemal seizures, acid reflux, colitis, each intimidating on their own and a lot for just me to deal with. I cry for him so often because he has to be raised by just me"
For the past two seasons, the Vancouver Canucks have provided BCSS with free hockey tickets for volunteers, families, and staff to attend their annual Hockey Talks Mental Health Awareness Night. This Year the Hockey Talks night was Wednesday, January 16, 2019. This event is to encourage people to have conversations about mental health. BCSS would like the Vancouver Canucks for providing BCSS free tickets.
Family Smart and BCSS are two of seven partners of BC Partners. Family Smart has webinars called 'intheknow'. This upcoming webinar is very interesting for families. Please see the information below. 'In the know' This webinar presents the assessment, treatment and prevention of problem video gaming, social media misuse, and other related digital addictions among 8 to 25 years old this presentation discusses the impact of our technophilic culture on child development, more precisely brain development.
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.