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New W.R.A.P. Promo Videos

We are truly delighted to announce the publication of our WRAP (Wellness Recovery Action Plan) promotional videos for the program facilitated by BCSS Victoria! Please view below for information on the WRAP for Adults, WRAP for Youth and Teens, and WRAP for Kids programs.

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For more information please see the program page: Wellness Recovery Action Plan.

Schizophrenia Society of Canada Is Seeking Input on Future Directions

Schizophrenia Society of Canada wants to hear from you. The Future Directions Survey is part of a scan being undertaken by the SSC. Please participate – your voice counts!

Help Us Fund-Raise With Thrifty Food’s Smile Card Program!


BCSS Victoria has moved to 735 Market St. until June 22, 2015 due to HeroWork Radical Renovation

BCSS has hired a new Administrative Coordinator

BCSS is pleased to welcome Paula Roumeliotis as their new Administrative Coordinator.  Welcome to the team Paula!

BCSS Victoria Peer Support & WRAP Program Receives Award

For their exceptional leadership in delivering the Peer Support and WRAP Program contributing to the recovery of hundreds of peers and peer supporters, the Initiatives/Programs of Excellence Award goes to: BCSS Victoria.

BCSS Victoria 3 Year Strategic Planning

The BC Schizophrenia Society Victoria Branch is undertaking strategic planning at this time through engaging various stakeholders such as persons with lived experience, family  members, staff, volunteers, and community partners. This is to gather their experiences within the Mental Health Community to enhance our direction for the future. Our strategic priorities will be best aligned with our community’s needs.  Those facing mental health challenges very much need all of our support. 

We will be holding several focus groups throughout this process. As you know, strategic planning is very important to all organizations. We are seeking to build a 3 year plan and the voices of our supporters will help us learn more about a variety of community perspectives. Mental health and mental illness are a huge priority for our region (south island).

Bungy Jump Fundraiser A Success!

The Naked Bungy Jump is an extremely important annual fundraising event for the British Columbia Schizophrenia Society, Victoria branch. For the past 7 years, BCSS has teamed up with WildPlay Element Parks to raise funds for individuals living with schizophrenia and psychosis. We have been extremely fortunate to have an anonymous donor who would match pledges up to $15,000. This meant that each pledge was doubled automatically!  When your wonderful family and friends donate $10.00, they are actually ensuring a donation of $20.00. Even better, a $20.00 donation is actually a $40.00 donation which is fabulous and brilliant! Your donation makes it possible for BCSS to provide: individual and family counseling, peer led programs and education to the estimated 1 in 100 individuals and their families on Southern Vancouver Island affected by schizophrenia and psychosis. Please help us make this our best year ever.

This year the Bungy event raised close to $20,000 which was $6,000 more than in 2013. Thank you to everyone that pledged and attended this event. See you next year!!!

Wellness Recovery Action Plan


Registration for the next program now being taken…
Offered by trained peers 1:1 with group option coming soon!
An evidenced based self-management and recovery system developed by a group of people who had mental health difficulties and who were struggling to incorporate wellness tools and strategies into their lives. WRAP is designed to:

-Decrease and prevent intrusive or troubling feelings and behaviors
-Increase personal empowerment
-Improve quality of life
-Assist people in achieving their own life goals and dreams
WRAP is a structured system to monitor uncomfortable and distressing feelings and behaviors and, through planned responses, reducing, modifying, or eliminating them. It also includes plans for responses from others when you cannot make decisions, take care of yourself, or keep yourself safe. The person who experiences symptoms is the one who develops their personal WRAP. The person may choose to have supporters and health care professionals help them create their WRAP. WRAP is for: Anyone who wants to create positive change in the way they feel, or increase their enjoyment in life.
People who are using WRAP say: “It helps me feel prepared.”  “I feel better more often and I’m able to improve the overall quality of my life.”


A Success: The 12th Annual Hans Fear Memorial “PROHIBITION JAZZ” FUNDRAISER

 The 12th Annual Hans Fear Memorial “PROHIBITION JAZZ” FUNDRAISER:

Was held on Saturday Feb.15th 2014 at the Alix Goolden Hall Music Featuring the local talent of: ~LOUISE ROSE~ ~MAUREEN WASHINGTON~ ~CAPITAL CITY SYNCOPATERS~

Did you know that schizophrenia and related disorders strike youth often as early as 14 years of age? BCSS Victoria is here to help with the latest hope, help and support for families and people with illnesses know recovery is possible! The Jazz event is in held yearly, in memory of Hans, Hanz, Haner, Ghost, names used by family, friends and associates.  To say that Hans touched lives is an understatement.  The Fear Family stated, “As a family we were unaware of his influence until his memorial service”. Afflicted with schizophrenia for at least ten years or probably longer, Hans tried to cope with this illness as best be could.  His feelings came through in his art form, sometimes dark, sometimes funny, dramatic or quaint. Hans had been a great inspiration to many people! Help us invest in recovery! Our annual fundraiser for The Memorial Fund raises money to invest in the recovery goals of people who need a vote of confidence and tangible support to attain education, art/music pursuits and fitness goals. This year we raised $1000 and we accept donations toward the fund throughout the year. – John Fear

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