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June 2013 





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SSO's Community 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

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.



Capacity 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 or 1-800-449-6367 x 259


Examining Mental 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 or 1-800-449-6367 x 245. To learn more please click here.


SSO's Peterborough 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


20th Anniversary 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 Success!

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 to find out more 2014 events.


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