The mission statement of the BC Schizophrenia Society is “To improve the quality of life for those affected by schizophrenia and psychosis through education, support programs, public policy, and research.” Our overall goal is to help people with mental illness and their families live in dignity and safety in the community, with the opportunity to participate as much as possible.

How Can Families Advocate for Their Loved One

Families are often in key positions to advocate for their loved one. Here are some useful resources for families to help them get better support for their family member.

BCSS Public Policy Positions

The mission statement of B.C. Schizophrenia Society is “To improve the quality of life for those affected by schizophrenia and psychosis through education, support programs, public policy, and research.” Our overall goal is to help people with mental illness and their families live in dignity and safety in the community, with the opportunity to participate as much as possible.

BCSS is proud to be public with policy statements for the following:

  • Early Psychosis Intervention
  • Support and Involvement of Families
  • The Need for Mental Health Housing in Relation to Overall Wellbeing
  • Medication, Drugs and Therapies
  • Criminal Justice System

These policies reflect the very real concerns of family members of people with serious mental illness. They are briefly and clearly stated in the short BCSS booklet, Our Abandoned Citizens: Policies for Change . This booklet outlines the key issues and the changes needed in each area.

More than ever, mental illness needs to be brought forward as an issue. With the shift to regional responsibility for health care in British Columbia , regional authorities must have clearer policy on mental health. They should be fully aware of the government’s promise to fully fund the BC Mental Health Plan and to preserve the original focus of the Plan’s target population – those 5% of the British Columbians who suffer from serious and persistent mental illness.

Current Campaigns Looking for Support

Write to your MLA in support of the current B.C. Mental Health Act

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