Who is BC Schizophrenia Society?

British Columbia Schizophrenia Society is a non-profit organization founded in 1982 by families and friends of people with schizophrenia. Since then, BCSS has grown into a province-wide family support system. We are dedicated to supporting each other, educating the public, raising funds for research and advocating for better services for people with schizophrenia and other serious and persistent mental illness.

Our Vision

A province where those affected by schizophrenia and other serious mental illnesses receive effective treatment and support, and family members are an essential partner within the mental health system.

Our Mission

To support families affected by schizophrenia and other serious mental illnesses in British Columbia through education, advocacy, and research.

Our policies and mandate are outlined in the policy document Our Abandoned Citizens: Policies for Change (BCSS 2007)

Our Core Values

1.   Family-Centred

We provide education and caring support for families affected by serious mental illness. The family unit is our first responsibility and primary focus; the person with the illness is always included in the definition of family.

2.   Partnership and Respect

We do not work in isolation. We seek to build a broad range of dynamic partnerships through open and timely communications based on respect and appreciation for all those we serve and work with.

3.   Innovation and Improvement
We are committed to innovation through ongoing learning and improvement to meet the changing and diversified needs of families with mental illness in today’s society.

4.   Accountability and Transparency
We measure our performance and follow a process of continuous improvement. We are wholly accountable for our actions to our supporters for our use of financial and human resources available to us.


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