B.C. Schizophrenia Society prides itself on the programs and services offered to families across B.C. BCSS Regional Educators work with dozens of local community organizations, family members, people with lived experience and other volunteers to bring life-saving support to communities across B.C.
Here are some of the many stories and appreciations we hear for our Regional Educators and volunteers.
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“Meeting with our local BCSS educator and other families who have a love one afflicted with schizophrenia, as our son is, has helped us learn how to advocate and care for him. Previous to attending the monthly meetings, we felt overwhelmed and isolated. Tapping in to the resources available through BCSS, and most importantly learning communications strategies from our educators, has helped us immensely!”
– Bruce and Rhea, Family Members
“I learned how to manage what I am experiencing with my loved one. Experiencing mental illness is one of the hardest things, its painful, and I don’t want to give up. It’s important to have acceptance and validation and we need each other to get through this.”
Cowichan Family Member
“This program “saved me.” It was hard walking through the invisible line that was created with non-First Nations and First Nations. I was welcomed, and now know that I am not alone. I have gained knowledge through story telling, communication and the supportive environment provided. My family is now more open, we are communicating better.” I now see my son in a better way.”
Fort St. James Family Member
“I was very satisfied. There was so much information and it had to sink in. We sat around and talked afterwards. I understand the connection with our street drugs and mental illness. If you get an Elder that will speak, it is good to hear stories from long ago, and sit and listen to the messages. Not only speaking our language, but hearing culturally what we did in the past. I think to continue learning about mental illness will benefit our community.”
Nak’azdli Band Family Member