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Celebrating Family Caregiver Day

The Schizophrenia Society of Ontario (SSO) recognizes the second annual Family Caregiver Day on April 3, 2018. Family Caregiver Day is a chance to recognize, celebrate and bring awareness to the value of caregivers to Ontario’s families, health care system and economy.

According to the Ontario Caregiver Coalition:
  • There are over 3 million unpaid caregivers in the province, providing support to loved ones facing illness, disability or challenges associated with aging.
  • Over 500,000 family caregivers in Ontario are between 15 and 24 years old. There are many caregivers who are even younger. 
  • Caregiving is not often recognized as separate from being a good friend, child, parent or spouse, but it is a distinct role with unique challenges and solutions.
Between 40 and 50 per cent of people with schizophrenia live with their families. 

Read Leslie’s story about caring for her son who lived with schizophrenia.
Find out more by visiting the Ontario Caregiver Coalition website.

Join the conversation by using the hashtag #thxcaregivers