BC Schizophrenia Society Statement on the Kamloops Indian Residential School Discovery
At BCSS, we mourn with the many families and communities across BC impacted by the tragedy at the former Kamloops Indian Residential School –...
BC Schizophrenia Society (BCSS) programs and services are invaluable to families who are looking for education and support. Our Regional Educators are there to provide information, resources, support, and help families find hope when they don’t know where to turn.
As BCSS prepares to approach the Provincial Government to seek renewed funding, we need your help.
Ways To Help:
Write a Letter To Your MLA
Write a letter to your MLA about how BCSS has helped you and your family. You may want to include the following information:
If you choose to write a letter to your MLA, we also encourage you to cc Honourable Adrian Dix, Minister of Health (HLTH.firstname.lastname@example.org), Honourable Sheila Malcolmson, Minister of Mental Health and Addictions (MMHA.email@example.com), and BCSS (firstname.lastname@example.org). It is important for our provincial government to hear directly from you about the role and impact BCSS has had within your family.
Contact Your MLA
Contact your local MLA through their constituency office and let them know how continued funding to ensure BCSS’ valuable and unique services for families is important to you, your family, and/or your community. [MLA contact list: https://www.leg.bc.ca/learn-about-us/members].
Tell Us Your Story
If you want to tell us your story, but you don’t want to write a letter or don’t know where to begin, you can email us at email@example.com to set-up a 30 minute meeting for us to ask you the above questions and we will put your answers into letter form. We will send you a copy of the letter to review for accuracy.
Sign the Letter
You can find a template letter below that you can sign, complete, and mail to Jean Fong at BC Schizophrenia Society, 1100-1200 West 73rd Avenue, Vancouver, BC.
If you would like more information, or have another idea to support BCSS as we seek funding, please call Jean at 1-888-888-0029 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thank you for your continual support of BC Schizophrenia Society.
To Whom It May Concern:
I am writing to express my support of BC Schizophrenia Society’s request for stable and consistent funding from the Government of BC. Your government’s ongoing commitment to ensuring an affordable and equitable BC is clear and the creation of the Ministry of Mental Health and Addictions has helped many people with schizophrenia and psychosis.
BC Schizophrenia Society (BCSS) has been providing crucial services and programs to families affected by schizophrenia and other serious mental illness since 1982, and the loss of this resource would be detrimental to my community.
With 1 in 5 Canadians experiencing mental illness, and approximately 1 in 100 British Columbians experiencing schizophrenia, programs and services offered by BCSS across our province are crucial. BCSS is one of the few organizations that works directly to support families and caregivers.
BCSS Regional Educators respond to families directly and help them better understand what resources and information are available locally. The Family Support Groups BCSS offers help family members feel less isolated and alone. And the BCSS Strengthening Families Together courses provide a wealth of information about schizophrenia, navigating the mental health system, how to help care for a loved one, and how to care for one’s self.
Continued funding for BCSS is key and in line with the government’s commitments on mental health and mental illness. That is why I am expressing my support for BCSS’ request.