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May 24 is
National Schizophrenia Awareness Day, Help Us Paint It Purple!
May 24 is National
Schizophrenia and Psychosis Awareness Day and the SSO is once again
working with the provincial schizophrenia societies across the
country to increase awareness of schizophrenia and psychosis. This
year's theme is Paint It Purple, be sure to show your support on May 24 by wearing
purple! To learn more about how you can participate visit www.szday.ca The SSO's Toronto Office will be hosting an Open
House on May 24 and we invite everyone to drop by! Details will be
The SSO Has a
The SSO is pleased to unveil
newly re-designed website. Still full of helpful tips and useful
information, the site is now easier to navigate for visitors.
Visit www.schizophrenia.on.ca today to see the new look.
Out For Hope
On Thursday, June 27
join us on the greens at Emerald Hills Golf Club in Stouffville in support of the
June Howe Memorial Fund to benefit the SSO. To learn more
Peace of Minds
Our 20th anniversary Peace of Minds Walks for Schizophrenia &
Psychosis are underway! We have eight Walks happening all across the
province this year, and an ambitious goal to reach $100,000. It's not
too late to get involved! Visit peaceofmindswalk.ca to sign up or sponsor another Walk participant.
We are pleased to announce a new series of Building Capacity
Workshops happening in communities across Ontario. These workshops
offer best practices in family-centred care and specialty skills
training to professionals who have any interactions with families
caring for a loved one impacted by a mental illness and/or addiction
Workshops planned this spring will take place in Sudbury on June 13
and in London on June 20. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information, to register for the workshops
Health Issues for LGBTQ People
The SSO, in partnership with other organizations, is conducting a
study to understand the places/spaces/communities that LGBTQ people
who are labeled or living with schizophrenia and/or psychosis find
supportive. Currently little is known about the experiences of
LGBTQ persons living with schizophrenia or psychosis and it can be
extremely difficult for LGBTQ people to find support. The study 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 for attending both the interview and the
discussion. To learn more please
Community Forum is in Sudbury!
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 on Friday, June 14 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, details on presenters and the location will
be announced shortly, check www.schizophrenia.on.ca
The SSO Releases
Its Policy & Legislation Report
We're pleased to announce the release of our Policy & Legislation
Report, titled It Doesn't Work: Unpacking Mental Health Policy and
Legislation. The report explores nuances present in our
understanding of mental health legislation and makes recommendations
for future progress. The report will be posted on the SSO
website once published, visit www.schizophrenia.on.ca for the finished product.
Michael Alzamora Runs Toronto Marathon
The SSO's long-term volunteer, Michael, completed his
fifth marathon on Sunday, May 5, Congratulations Michael!
Of the experience he says, "I will cherish forever the crowds
screaming along the final stretch of road." To read a detailed
account of Michael's accomplishment, please click
& Mental Illness Stigma Research Project Launch
On Thursday, May 23 the Hispanic Development Council and the SSO will
hold a community event to mark the launch of the Latino Hispanic
component of the research project Racialized
Youth and Mental Illness Stigma. The event offers a space
to discuss the specific challenges facing the Latino Hispanic
community as well as the opportunity to interact with service
providers. The event, which is open to all, takes place from
1:00-3:30pm at Casa Maiz (1280 Finch Avenue West, #202). RSVP
to Geraldina Polanco at email@example.com or 416-449-6830 ext. 258.