Helping Families Find A Reason To Hope

If you don’t know where to turn and are at a loss of what to do next to help someone you love who lives with schizophrenia or another serious mental illness.

Talk to a BC Schizophrenia Society Regional Educator. They can help you figure out next steps and help you learn about what you can do to help yourself and your loved one.

COVID-19 & Supporting Someone With Schizophrenia

A list of resources and information from partner organizations and other schizophrenia societies across Canada that are useful for anyone affected by schizophrenia or other serious mental illness.

Are You Experiencing Symptoms of Schizophrenia?

If you think you are experiencing symptoms of schizophrenia, seek out help today. If you are in immediate crisis, please call 9-1-1.

Is Your Loved One Experiencing Symptoms of Schizophrenia?

If your loved one may be experiencing symptoms of schizophrenia, and they are not in an immediate crisis, take look through this list of tips and resources.

  • What is Schizophrenia?

  • How Can BC Schizophrenia Society Help You?

  • Help for People Living with Schizophrenia

  • Resources Library

  • Find Services in Your Region

  • Sign-Up for the BCSS Newsletter

What is Schizophrenia?

Schizophrenia is a devastating mental illness that touches the lives of 1 in 100; that’s approximately than 51,000 British Columbians, and about 377,500 people in Canada.

Unfortunately, there are still a lot of misinformation and myths that exist about schizophrenia.

How Can BC Schizophrenia Society Help You?

Established by family members in 1982, BC Schizophrenia Society (BCSS) has grown to become a network of Regional Educators and Branches and located across the province providing programs, services, and outreach.

Core services and programs are available in every region, and some select programs are only available upon request and in particular service areas.

BCSS works to help families affected by schizophrenia and other serious mental illness feel less alone, learn about the disease, and find out what services and resources are available to them to access.

Help for People Living with Schizophrenia

It can be a scary and harrowing experience for people who are experiencing symptoms of schizophrenia.

Some people may think it’s normal, while others will seek to self-medicate.

If you or a loved one thinks you are experiencing symptoms of schizophrenia, reach out and talk to a medical professional. By getting help and support immediately, there is an increased probability for better longterm outcomes when it comes to the management of the mental illness.

BCSS does not always work with people with lived experience directly, but we can help you get connected to the resources you need.

Resources Library


BC Schizophrenia Society (BCSS) offers a range of resource materials developed over the years providing information and helping people better understand the illness and understand the illness.

Take a look through our Resource Library to see what information is currently available. We’ll be adding to this list regularly for the next little, so you’ll find many additions as time goes on.

If there is information you are seeking, but can’t find, email info@bcss.org with your request, and we can see what we can do to help.

Find Services in Your Region

BC Schizophrenia Society Regional Educators are located within different communities across BC.

Connect with a Regional Educator near you to find out what programs and services are being offered in your area.

Sign-Up for the BCSS Newsletter

Stay up-to-date with a digest of BC Schizophrenia Society (BCSS) related news and articles.

Each e-newsletter contains select BCSS blog posts, research articles, surveys, and information about upcoming BCSS workshops and courses.

“Let Me Match Your Donation!”

The story of Guelda and her family shows what can happen when family members learn about schizophrenia and get the right tools to support their loved one. Chris Sandy, BCSS Foundation Board Member, tells us that in his family, they did not know very much about schizophrenia, even after his brother, Dave, finally received his diagnosis. 

And to help BCSS continue to be there for families to provide them with education and support, Chris has pledged to match all donations made before January 31, 2021, (up to a total of $10,000).

“In My Heart, I Knew Different.”

My name is Guelda Redman, and I am the mother of three wonderful children.  I want to share the journey that our family is taking with my lovely and amazing son, Kai Heimburger.

Kai has always had a sweet heart and soul.  He was a shy, quiet, and gentle little boy. My son always did his own thing.  He was never one to follow along with what everyone else seemed to be doing.  This was very comforting to us and we thought that we never would have to worry about him.

Upcoming BCSS Family Support Groups & Programs

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, BCSS has adapted how we offer direct support, family support groups, and programs to meet with current Provincial Health Office Orders. Some offerings will be virtual, while others will be in-person with physical distancing criteria in place.

Please check in with the Regional Educator who is offering the program to get details.

Jan 18

Haida Gwaii BCSS: Self-Care Sessions – Every Monday

5:30 pm – 8:00 pm

Skidegate Skidegate, BC

Organizer: Chloe

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Jan 18

Kelowna BCSS: Family Support Group – 1st Wednesdays and 3rd Mondays

6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

BCSS Kelowna Kelowna, BC.

Organizer: BCSS Kelowna Branch

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Jan 18

Northwest BCSS: Family Support Group – Third Monday

7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

BCSS Northwest Region – Virtual Northwest BC, BC

Organizer: Noreen

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Jan 19

Southside BCSS: Strengthening Families Together – 3rd Tuesdays

10:00 am – 1:30 pm

Organizer: Heather Megchelsen

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Jan 19

BCSS Sunshine Coast Branch: Family Support Group – Every Other Tuesday

6:30 pm – 8:00 pm

Arrowhead Centre Sechelt, BC

Organizer: Donna Sunshine Coast Branch

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Jan 19

Smithers BCSS: Family Support Group – 3rd Tuesdays

7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

BCSS Smithers Smithers, BC

Organizer: Clara Donnelly

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Schizophrenia in the Time of COVID-19

On Saturday, September 26, 2020, Dr. Diane McIntosh and Dr. Randall White joined BC Schizophrenia Society to share some information about the impacts of COVID-19 on families affected by schizophrenia.

A huge thank you to the Otsuka-Lundbeck Alliance for making this event possible and free to the public.

2019/20 BC Schizophrenia Society Annual Report

What’s Current At BCSS

“Ask A Researcher” with Dr. Fidel Vila-Rodriguez

This past December, BCSS held its annual Donor Appreciation event. It was short and sweet starting a few words from BCSS CEO, Faydra Aldridge and our sponsor the Otsuka-Lundbeck Alliance. Our host Renato Zane then introduced a touching story from Guelda Redman, and how her family has been affected by schizophrenia, before audience members were asked to submit questions for Dr. Fidel Vila-Rodriguez.

A huge thank you to everyone who made this event possible, but in particular to the Otsuka-Lundbeck Alliance for their financial support, making this event free for donors and helping ensure…

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