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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

September 30, 2015
Public Education Lecture Series at Lions Gate Hospital Auditorium, 7:30 p.m.; topic: Marijuana: Medicine or Menace, with Dr. Siavash Jafari



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.

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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.
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, will speak at our Public Education Lecture Series, on Wednesday, September 30, at 7:30 p.m., in the Lions Gate Hospital auditorium. Dr. Jafari will examine the impact of marijuana on our mental and physical health. The event is free; no registration required. We hope you'll join us for this informative evening.
Register Now for Family-to-Family
Three locations: North Shore, Vancouver, Tri-Cities (see sidebar for start dates)
Every Tuesday for 12 weeks, 7-9:30 p.m.

Family-to-Family is a comprehensive education course designed for family members. Families can learn about all aspects of serious mental illness, including symptoms, medications, brain basics, and problem-solving and communication, and receive advice on dealing with the system and how to look after yourself as a caregiver. The course is taught by trained family members who themselves have an ill relative and can understand what you are going through.

Registration is required. Please contact the Family Support Centre at 604-926-0856. More on the course can be found here.

New Tax AID DABC Program for Those Receiving Disability Assistance

Tax AID DABC (Disability Alliance BC), is a free, confidential tax preparation service for people receiving provincial disability assistance (PWD or PPMB). More than 20,000 people receiving disability assistance do not regularly file their income taxes. This means they're missing out on hundreds of dollars each year. For example, the GST credit, BC sales tax credit, and carbon tax credit can provide an extra $400-$500 annually. Tax AID DABC's main focus is helping PWD/PPMB recipients who haven't filed their taxes in years to get caught up and start enjoying the financial benefits of regular tax filing. For more information, please visit Disability Alliance BC.

Thank You for Walking with NSSS!
Thank you to all our volunteers who helped raise awareness of serious mental illness by participating in the West Vancouver Community Day Parade, on June 6, and the North Shore Canada Day Parade, on July 1. We appreciate your enthusiasm, involvement, and support!

Pictured is Philip Wright (right), who designed a special celebratory costume, and Herschel Hardin, NSSS advocacy coordinator.

Photo credit: John Nixon
Video: Brain Plasticity and Everyday Life
Dr. William Honer, Head, UBC Department of Psychiatry, spoke to a full house at the NSSS Public Education Lecture Series, on Wednesday, May 27, at Lions Gate Hospital. Dr. Honer described his research into brain plasticity and how it impacts everyday life for those with a mental ilness. Click here to view the full presentation.

We'd like to thank Jorge Parra, of Underdog Productions, for filming this presentation.


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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