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March 2013 





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Join Us for the 20th Anniversary Peace of Minds Walks in May!

Registration for the 2013 Peace of Minds Walk is now open! Help us celebrate our 20th anniversary by  signing up to walk 5K in your community. With walks in seven locations across the province this year, there's a way for everyone to be involved and help support programs and services for those affected by schizophrenia and psychotic illness in your community. To register or learn more please visit  


SSO Preparing First-Ever Report on Schizophrenia & Psychosis; Input Needed

The goal of this report is to provide a baseline for measuring how well the current mental health and addictions system meets the needs of individuals and families impacted by schizophrenia and psychotic illnesses and the impact the system has on quality of life. Input from individuals living with schizophrenia and other psychotic illnesses as well as from caregivers will serve as the foundation for our report. We have developed brief, anonymous, surveys to help us gather this information. To complete the survey for individuals living with the schizophrenia or psychosis please click here, to complete the survey for caregivers please click here.


Thanks to all who were part of the Yogathon!


The 8th annual Peace of Minds Yogathon took place on Saturday, February 23 in Oakville & Toronto. We'd like to thank everyone who made the day such a great experience, from our yoga teachers to our sponsors to our enthusiastic participants.  Thanks to all your hard work we raised $35,000! We look forward to to seeing you at next year's event!  To see highlights of the day check out our Facebook page.  


SSO Scholarship Applications

Since 2002 the SSO has been offering scholarships to individuals affected by schizophrenia and psychosis as well as to youth who are mental health champions in their communities.  This year's Scholarship application will be available the week of March 18.  Applicants will have until April 30 to submit their application package.  For information visit or contact Kayla at



The SSO Responds to Bill C-54

The Government of Canada has tabled a Bill (C-54) proposing changes to the Not Criminally Responsible on account of Mental Disorder (NCR) provisions of the Criminal Code.  Given the significance of passing such changes, Canada's mental health community, including the SSO and all other Schizophrenia Societies across the country, has come together to form a working Alliance in an effort to strengthen our voice on this critical matter.

The Alliance is working with the government to ensure that changes to the NCR provision will take into account the need to protect the public from dangerous persons, while addressing the therapeutic needs of individuals with mental illnesses so as to mitigate risk and promote recovery. Canadians need a working mental health system and not an out-dated approach.  For more information on the SSO and the Alliance please
click here.


Meeting of the Minds: EPI Information Event for Spanish Speakers on March 27


While mental illness strikes in every community research shows that certain groups may experience elevated risks and poorer access to treatment. This event brings together members of the Hispanic community in Toronto with mental health service
providers to share information about early psychosis intervention. Attendance will help families and service providers learn more about early psychosis intervention education.  The event takes place on Wednesday, March 27 from 6 - 8:30 pm at the North York Civic Centre, 5100 Yonge Street (North York Centre subway station). Please RSVP by March 22 via 416-449-6830 x 249 or


Reminder that SSO is closed for Good Friday

Good Friday this year falls on Friday, March 29.  The SSO Offices will be closed on this date, as will our Ask the Expert Helpline.  Should you need assistance during this time please contact one of the following organizations:

Mental Health Helpline - 1-866-531-2600
ConnexOntario or Ontario Suicide Prevention Network

The SSO offices will re-open on Monday, April 1.


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