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What is schizophrenia?

Schizophrenia is a severe and persistent mental illness that affects how a person thinks, feels, and behaves. It is classified as a psychotic disorder, meaning it involves a significant distortion of reality.

The exact cause of schizophrenia is not known, but it is believed to result from a combination of genetic, environmental, and neurochemical factors. With appropriate treatment and support, many individuals with schizophrenia can manage their symptoms and lead fulfilling lives.

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Events & programs

Programs and services to support and educate individuals who have a loved one impacted by severe and persistent mental illness.


Upcoming events

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Living with schizophrenia

BCSS offers resources for caregivers, friends and family members of people living with schizophrenia. We do not currently provide services for individuals living with schizophrenia, but we can help you get connected to the resources you need.


Empower yourself with knowledge


Listen to the 'Look Again' podcast to learn about living with schizophrenia from people with valuable experience and expertise.

Donations make a difference

Donations to the BC Schizophrenia Society help ensure that our vital programs and services can continue to support families affected by severe and persistent mental illness.

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