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May 2013 





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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  The SSO's Toronto Office will be hosting an Open House on May 24 and we invite everyone to drop by! Details will be announced shortly.


The SSO Has a New Website!

The SSO is pleased to unveil its                                   newly re-desig
ned website. Still full of helpful tips and useful information, the site is now easier to navigate for visitors.  Visit today  to see the new look.



Inaugural Hole 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 please click here


Peace of Minds Walks Underway!

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 to sign up or sponsor another Walk participant.


Building Capacity Workshops

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 issues.

Workshops planned this spring will take place in Sudbury on June 13 and in London on June 20. Please contact for more information, to register for the workshops please click here.


Examining Mental 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 click here.


SSO's Next 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

Registration information, details on presenters and the location will be announced shortly, check for details.


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 for the finished product.


The SSO's 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 here.


Racialized Youth & 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 or 416-449-6830 ext. 258.


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