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).

Psychiatry department lecture to feature schizophrenia expert – MSUToday

MSUTodayPsychiatry department lecture to feature schizophrenia expertMSUTodayHe has written several books on schizophrenia and related topics in psychiatry. He has also published more than 350 original articles, book chapters, and abstracts and is a se…

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Researchers find a genetic overlap between schizophrenia and autism – Medical News Today

Medical DailyResearchers find a genetic overlap between schizophrenia and autismMedical News TodayResearchers have identified mutations in genes that control epigenetic regulation, which may contribute to both schizophrenia and autism. Schizophrenia af…

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What is schizophrenia? – Pakistan Today

What is schizophrenia?Pakistan TodaySchizophrenia is one of the most common and severest mental disorders prevailing these days. It affects both men and women equally. This disease manifests itself in men earlier than in woman. It is more likely to app…

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Brain atlas aims to find causes of autism, schizophrenia – FierceHealthIT

CNNBrain atlas aims to find causes of autism, schizophreniaFierceHealthITThe project, called the BrainSpan Atlas of the Developing Human Brain, is funded by the National Institutes of Health, and aims to help researchers answer questions related to the…

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Neural Dysfunction Tied to Schizophrenia Symptoms – PsychCentral.com

Neural Dysfunction Tied to Schizophrenia SymptomsPsychCentral.comNeural Dysfunction Tied to Schizophrenia Symptoms People with schizophrenia misinterpret what they see and experience in the world, and new research provides insight into brain mechanisms…

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Detroit Police searching for missing 59-year-old with schizophrenia – WXYZ

WXYZDetroit Police searching for missing 59-year-old with schizophreniaWXYZDetroit Police searching for missing 59-year-old with schizophrenia. 3:28 PM, Mar 24, 2014. 3:29 PM, Mar 24, 2014. (WXYZ) – Detroit Police are asking for the public's help t…

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Breaking the stigma of schizophrenia – St. Catharines Standard

Breaking the stigma of schizophreniaSt. Catharines StandardMacPhee has been living with schizophrenia for more than two decades. When he was 19 years-old, the Fort Erie resident began a career as a deep sea diver in Singapore. His life was turned upsid…

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The play that wants to change the way we treat mental illness – The Guardian

The GuardianThe play that wants to change the way we treat mental illnessThe GuardianWhat theatre can do, though, is convey the experience of psychosis: the hallucinations and delusions – often terrifying, sometimes comical – that define reality fo…

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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!!!

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