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Family Support
Groups in West Vancouver, Tri-Cities,
Squamish, and Whistler; registration required

Family-to-Family education courses - North Shore, Squamish,
Vancouver, and
Tri-Cities; registration required

November 28, 2015
NSSS Christmas Party,
free to all family members and those with an illness.

Families Helping Families
You are not alone.

The North Shore Schizophrenia Society is here to help you cope - with support, information, education, and advocacy.

The NSSS consists of family members and friends of those with mental illness who know what others are going through, and can help by sharing their experience.

At the heart of our operation is the Family Support Centre: 205 - 1865 Marine Drive, West Vancouver, open between 9:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m., Monday to Friday. Please call us at 604-926-0856 to arrange an appointment. If you're not free during those hours, we'll meet with you when you can make it.

The Centre provides personal support and information on major mental illnesses - schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, depression, and anxiety disorders. We also provide a wide range of programs, plus education and information for schools and the general public. To find out more about these programs and our other activities, please explore this website.

Basic Facts About

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What's New?
Follow NSSSoc on Twitter   
Read the most recent issues of NSSS publications:
The Notepad
NSSS Advocacy Bulletin

View short films of family members sharing their experiences:
Short films are available on our YouTube channel, including Mothers and Daughters, produced by NSSS volunteers and videographer Elton Hubner, of eyesmultimedia, for the 2015 Circle of Strength fundraiser.

View a presentation on brain plasticity:
Click HERE to view Dr. Bill Honer's presentation on Brain Plasticity and Everyday Life, from the Public Education Lecture Series on May 27, 2015, at Lions Gate Hospital.
We're sold out!
Thank you for your interest in our annual Christmas party.

If you are a family member or someone with an illness, you're invited to our annual Christmas Party:

Saturday, November 28 (RSVP by Friday, November 20)
St. David's United Church, West Vancouver
Doors open at 5:30 p.m.
Dinner at 6 p.m.

Enjoy a roast turkey dinner prepared by local chefs, seasonal musical entertainment by Marcus Mosely and the Burstin' with Broadway choir, and a visit from a jolly fellow with a sleigh full of gifts.

This is a free event. Please reserve your seat by Friday, November 20.

We look forward to seeing you!
Using the Law to Access Treatment
R. Kyle Friesen, Counsel, RCMP Legal Advisory Section, Department of Justice Canada, spoke at the Public Education Lecture Series on Wednesday, November 25, in the Lions Gate Hospital auditorium. Mr. Friesen looked at legal provisions families, healthcare providers, and police can use to help someone with a mental illness access medical treatment and ensure continuity of care. More on his presentation will be featured in the January 2016 issue of the Notepad newsletter.
Marijuana: Medicine or Menace?
Dr. Siavash Jafari, Clinical Faculty at the UBC Department of Family Medicine, and the Burnaby Centre for Mental Health and Addiction, spoke at our Public Education Lecture Series, on Wednesday, September 30, in the Lions Gate Hospital auditorium. Dr. Jafari took a non-biased look at the impact of marijuana on our mental and physical health. More on his presentation can be found in the November issue of the Notepad.


Family Support Group
The Family Support Group meets once a month in West Vancouver, Squamish, Whistler, and Port Coquitlam. For information and to confirm the next date call 604-926-0856. The Family Support Group provides an opportunity for those whose loved ones have a mental illness to share their experiences and insights. For details, see our Support group page.

If you wish to support the North Shore Schizophrenia Society's programs and services, you can do so through Canada Helps, the online donations agency for non-profit groups in Canada. Please visit our page to donate. Your generous contribution helps us continue to offer peer support and crisis counselling, as well as education programs and events, and provide community outreach and advocacy. If you would like to make a donation or membership payment by credit card, you may also contact the office directly at 604-926-0856 (for your own security, please do not email credit card information).

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