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April 2013 





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New Website for 20th Anniversary of Peace of Minds Walk

To mark the 20th anniversary milestone for our Peace of Minds Walk, we've created a new website for the walk.  Visit today!  On the site you can learn more about our eight different walk locations, all across the province.  You can register to participate yourself, or sponsor an individual or team already registered.  With your help, we can make a difference in the lives of individuals, families and communities affected by schizophrenia and psychosis.



May 24 is National Schizophrenia Awareness Day, Help Us Paint It Purple!

Did you know that May 24 is National Schizophrenia and Psychosis Awareness Day? The SSO is working with all the provincial schizophrenia societies across the country to Paint it Purple for the day, and increase awareness of schizophrenia and psychosis. To learn more about how you can participate visit


SSO Scholarship Applications

Our 2013/14 Scholarship Application is
now available!  We have three categories of scholarships, whether you're an individual living with schizophrenia or psychosis yourself, have a parent living with the illnesses or are a champion of mental health in your community, we have a scholarship program designed specifically for you.  Applications are available by clicking here, and the deadline for submission is May 6.  For more information please contact Kayla at



Dr. Tang to Present at Diversity & Equity in Mental Health Conference

Dr. Taryn Tang, the SSO's Manager of Research, is presenting at a Diversity and Equity in Mental Health/Addictions Conference on May 3.  Her presentation is titled Ethno-racial youth and mental illness stigma. The SSO's research partners (
Hispanic Development Council, Across Boundaries, Centre for Addiction & Mental Health) will be part of the presentation. The Conference is entitled Shame & Silence, addressing the stigma of mental health.  Dr. Tang's presentation relates directly to one of her research projects here at the SSO.  To learn more about the conference please  click here.


Inaugural Hole Out For Hope

On Thursday, June 27 the Inaugural Hole Out For Hope Golf Tournament will be held, in support of the June Howe Memorial Fund to benefit the SSO.  Hole Out For Hope takes place at the Emerald Hills Golf Club in Stouffville.  Click here to learn more about how you can participate in this fun day for a worthy cause. 


Bill McPhee to Speak at SSO St. Catharines Event

SSO's St. Catharine's Volunteer Group is pleased to present guest speaker Bill McPhee, mental health advocate & creator/publisher of
SZ Magazine at its May 1 meeting.  This free event is open to all, please contact Angela at to express interest in attending.


Strengthening Families Together in Toronto

A new session of the Strengthening Families Together Educational Program will begin in Toronto on May 9 and will last four weeks, with each meeting being two hours long.  For details and to register please contact Purple at or 416 449 6830. 



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 London on May 30 and Sudbury on June 6. Please contact for more information.


Taking Care

Are you a family member living in the Toronto area who has been providing ongoing care for a loved one with a persistent mental illness? If so SSO's Taking Care group may be right for you. Taking Care is a support group designed to provide family members with the tools to enhance their own physical and emotional wellness while being an ally in their loved one's recovery.  For more information about this group please contact us at



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