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 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.

Upcoming BCSS Family Support Groups & Programs

IMPORTANT: Due to site maintenance, information on the events calendar might not be up to date. BCSS offers direct support, family support groups, and other services virtually or in-person across the province.
Please check in with the Regional Educator in your region for the correct details of programs and services in your region.

Dec 5

BCSS Youth: Kids in Control (Online)

4:00 pm – 5:30 pm

BCSS – Virtual , British Columbia

Organizer: Kayla Arnold

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Dec 6

BCSS Youth: Teens in Control Drop-In Group

4:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Organizer: Kayla Arnold

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Dec 6

Victoria Family Support Group

6:30 pm – 8:00 pm

Oaklands Neighbourhood House Victoria, British Columbia

Organizer: Kie Rook

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Dec 7

BCSS Youth: Tweens in Control (Online)

4:00 pm – 5:30 pm

BCSS – Virtual , British Columbia

Organizer: Kayla Arnold

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Dec 11

Nelson Family Support Group

6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Nelson United Church Nelson, BC

Organizer: Reasha Wolfe

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Dec 11

Haida Gwaii Support Group for Dementia

6:30 pm – 8:00 pm

138 Bay St, Daajing Giids, BC V0T 1S0 Daajing Giids, British Columbia

Organizer: Shelley Braun

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Have you listened to the BCSS Podcast yet?

Season 4 of Look Again: Mental Illness Re-Examined is coming soon!

BCSS Members make a difference.

Membership renewals for 2024 are coming soon… Stay tuned!

Symptoms of Schizophrenia

With support from Abbvie Canada, BCSS has released a video to help people learn about some of the more common symptoms of schizophrenia.

What’s Happening At BCSS

Embracing Hope: Highlights from BC Schizophrenia Society’s Annual Donor Appreciation Event 

The BC Schizophrenia Society celebrated its annual Donor Appreciation Event on Wednesday, November 22nd. The occasion was marked by warmth and unforgettable moments as we gathered with cherished donors whose unwavering support has been the backbone of BCSS throughout the years. This year’s event embraced a hybrid format, offering the option for attendees to join either in person or virtually. 

Guiding us through the evening was Renato Zane, Volunteer Chair of BCSS Foundation, who, along with Marsha MacMurchy, Director of Development of BCSS, shared updates on the significant…

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