B.C. Schizophrenia Society


B.C. Schizophrenia Society (BCSS) started by families in 1982 to support of B.C. families affected by schizophrenia and psychosis. We are dedicated to supporting each other, educating the public, raising funds for research and advocating for better services for people with schizophrenia and other serious and persistent mental illnesses.

Schizophrenia affects one in 100 people, with the predominant age of onset between 15 and 25 years old. If treated early, schizophrenia can be managed effectively, allowing for a reasonable quality of life. If not diagnosed and treated, this brain disease can cause continued psychotic episodes that reduce an individual’s quality of life to extended hospital stays (more than any other disease or disorder), homelessness (80% of Canada’s chronic homeless are mentally ill), and revolving periods in jail (9.5% of Canadian inmates have schizophrenia). In addition, 50% of all people with schizophrenia attempt suicide; 10-15% will succeed. 

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