BC Schizophrenia Society (BCSS) believes education challenges stigma and helps families receive better care.

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What is schizophrenia?

Schizophrenia is a mental disorder that affects an individual's thoughts, emotions, and behaviours. It often manifests as distorted thinking, where reality becomes blurred, making it challenging to distinguish between what is real and what is not. While there is no cure, with proper treatment and support, many individuals with schizophrenia can manage their symptoms and lead fulfilling lives. Early intervention is critical for better outcomes.

Schizophrenia is

  • a severe and complex brain disorder
  • a mental illness that affects young people in their prime
  • treatable with medication

Schizophrenia is not

  • rare – it affects roughly 1.8% of the population
  • multiple personality disorder
  • discriminatory – it can strike anyone from any ethnic, socio-economic, or geographic background
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Education is the key

The BC Schizophrenia Society (BCSS) believes education is key to helping challenge stigma and help families receive excellent care. BCSS is dedicated to offering programs that provide excellent psycho-social education to families and communities impacted by severe and persistent mental illness.

BCSS also provides education to people through our regional educators located in communities across BC. Every year, we connect with hundreds of individuals and families, helping them find information and resources within their communities.

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Look Again: Mental Illness Re-Examined

Listen to Look Again: Mental Illness Re-Examined,’ where we chat about schizophrenia with family members, medical professionals, and people with lived experience.

Watch our video resources

Explore our online video resources. Gain valuable insights, support, and information on schizophrenia and severe and persistent mental illnesses through our recorded educational events, informational videos, and more. Join us on a journey to understanding and empowerment.

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