British Columbia Schizophrenia Society (BCSS) 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 organization providing families with support, information, and education. As an organization, BCSS is dedicated to helping families support 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.
There are many ways you can make a difference and help BCSS provide families with “a reason to hope and the means to cope.”
Catherine briefly talks about how your donation makes a difference in the lives of those living with schizophrenia.
A strong membership gives us a louder voice on matters of importance to families who have been affected by schizophrenia, psychosis and severe mental illness.
For an annual individual membership fee of $15, you will have the opportunity to voice your opinions and vote at our Annual General Meetings regarding issues brought forward by the Board of Directors, including the election of Directors for the following year.
Are you interested in volunteering to help families cope with serious mental illness?
BCSS has numerous opportunities for volunteers across the province. They include working in the office, writing and reviewing online content, helping with presentations, assisting with special events, and becoming a board member or joining a volunteer committee.
To improve the quality of life for those affected by schizophrenia and psychosis through education, support, public policy, and research, BCSS relies on the support of individuals and organizations.
Making a one time or monthly donation to BCSS helps provide life-saving support and education that makes a difference in the lives of families across BC.
Individuals have made gifts in memory a loved one, as a tribute for an individual or family, and sometimes through the inclusion of BCSS in their will.
BCSS also accepts gifts like stocks, vehicles, and burial plots.
Please reach out and call us at 604-270-7841 to discuss what you may need to make a donation for BCSS.
In addition to gifts from individuals, support from organizations in the form of donations or sponsorships are a very important part helping BCSS deliver educational programs, provide information, help families connect to and receive support, fund research, and host presentations and events in the community.
There are many opportunities for organizations to fund something locally and provincially.
Contact the Director of Development directly to discuss what event or program would best align with your organization’s needs.
Director of Development
Toll Free: 1-888-888-0029
Annually, BCSS gathers a team of walkers and runners to participate in the ScotiaRun. This fundraiser brings in thousands of dollars and helps people learn more about BCSS, schizophrenia, and the experiences of people affected by schizophrenia and serious mental illness – both people living with schizophrenia and the family members who provide them with care and support.
Have a great fundraising idea but don’t know where to start? BCSS is here to support you! By creating a fun and rewarding event or you can dedicate the proceeds of an existing event to BC Schizophrenia Society Foundation.