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Forum is in Sudbury on Thursday, June 13!
Our initial Strategies That Work community forum, held in Toronto in
January, was a huge success. Based on the positive feedback we
received from panelists and participants, we're excited to announce
that our next Forum will happen tomorrow in Sudbury.
This Community Forum will bring together individuals & families
living with mental health issues as well as experts and allow
everyone to connect and share solutions. The Sudbury Community Forum
is possible through a working partnership with the CMHA-Subury/Manitoulin.
Registration information and further details are available on the SSO
website, please click here.
Join us on the Green at Hole out for Hope!
We invite you to participate in the Hole Out For Hope
Golf Tournament on Thursday, June 27 at Emerald Hills Golf Club in
Stouffville. Enjoy a relaxing afternoon of golf followed by an
evening hosted by radio personality Don Landry featuring a sumptuous
dinner, live and silent auctions, prizes and a raffle draw. The full
day of fun kicks off at 12:30 pm with a shotgun start.
To register for this event please click here.
Building - sold out in Sudbury, open in London
Our Capacity Building workshop in Sudbury is sold out, but there are
still spaces available in our London session, happening on Thursday,
June 20. These interactive workshops offer skills training to
professionals who have interactions with families caring for a loved
one who is impacted by a mental illness and/or addiction
issues. The Workshops are facilitated by Sabrina Baker, MSW,
RSW, an experienced clinician with over thirty years in
family-centred care and family therapy.
To learn more or to register please click here.
The SSO is
Conducting a Study on Racialized Youth & Mental Illness Stigma
In partnership with several organizations the SSO is investigating
and comparing the stigma experiences of youth living with
schizophrenia and depression, family members, and ethno-racial youth
peers in the Latino Hispanic, South Asian, Afro-Caribbean, and
White European communities.
We are conducting individual interviews with youth, ages 16-24, who
are diagnosed with schizophrenia or depression, individual interviews
with family members of youth who are diagnosed with either
schizophrenia or depression, and focus groups with youth peers who
are not diagnosed with either depression or schizophrenia.
Interviews can be conducted in English, Spanish, Urdu, Punjabi and
Hindi and we will provide an honorarium for the interviews.
For more information please contact Rahma at firstname.lastname@example.org or 1-800-449-6367 x 259
Health Issues for LGBTQ People
In partnership with other organizations the SSO is conducting a study
to understand the places and people that LGBTQ people who are labeled
or living with schizophrenia and/or psychosis find supportive. The study's
findings will help to inform the development of communities and
health services that are welcoming and supportive to LGBTQ
individuals. It is taking place in three cities across Ontario,
Toronto, London, and Ottawa. Research participants will be asked
to come to an individual interview and a group discussion. All
participants will be compensated. If you would like to
participate in this project or help advertise it in your
organization, contact Janina at email@example.com or 1-800-449-6367 x 245. To learn more please click here.
Office Has Moved!
The Schizophrenia Society of Ontario's Peterborough office has moved!
As of June 3, 2013, we have relocated to the Canadian Mental Health
Association's new building at 421 Water Street, unit 3, located in
the heart of downtown Peterborough. For the convenience of our
clients, all current family support group meetings will continue to
run out of the old SSO offices, located at 466 George St. North, at
their regularly scheduled times.
Please note that our telephone, fax number and other contact
information for the Peterborough office remain the same. If you
experience difficulties in reaching us, please contact our Ask the
Expert Help line at 1.800.449.6367 ext. 251 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Peace of Minds Walks Complete!
The month of May has come and gone and so too have the 2013 Peace of Minds Walks for Schizophrenia and
Psychosis. Thank you to all who joined and celebrated the Walk's 20th
Anniversary. We had fantastic turnouts at our eight sites across
Ontario and it was wonderful to see returning participants and new
faces too. To date we have raised $108,000! From the very young
to families with grandparents, we're grateful to all who participated.
Funds raised by the Walks will go to support the SSO's programs
assisting those living with schizophrenia and psychosis.
Thank You for
Making National Schizophrenia & Psychosis Awareness Day a
Thank you to everyone who participated in National Schizophrenia
& Psychosis Awareness Day, thanks to all of your contributions
and support it was a wonderfully successful day! Our theme for
NSPAD 2013 was Paint It Purple and we encouraged Canadians all across
the country to wear purple to show their support. Prominent
monuments, including the C.N. Tower and Niagara Falls, also lit up
purple on May 24. We look forward to marking the day again in
2014, be sure to visit www.szday.ca to find out more 2014 events.