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us on our social media channels to stay up to date on all of the SSO's
activities, news and more!
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 www.peaceofmindswalk.ca.
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
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
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 www.schizophrenia.on.ca or contact Kayla at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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
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 email@example.com.
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:
Health Helpline - 1-866-531-2600
ConnexOntario or Ontario
Suicide Prevention Network
The SSO offices will re-open on Monday, April 1.