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Calendar of Events

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

February 10, 2015
Family-to-Family begins in Vancouver, Tri-Cities, and Squamish; registration required

February 28, 2015
Estate Planning, Discretionary Trusts, and Strategic Giving Workshop; led by Bill Murdock, financial security advisor; registration required

March 25, 2015
Annual General Meeting and 20th Anniversary Celebration of the Family Support Centre, Lions Gate Hospital auditorium; please RSVP

May 27, 2015
Public Education Lecture Series, with Dr. Bill Honer, Jack Bell Chair in Schizophrenia; Professor and Head, Department of Psychiatry; and Director, Institute of Mental Health, UBC; Lions Gate Hopsital auditorium, 7:30 p.m.

May 30, 2015
Circle of Strength, Hollyburn Country Club, West Vancouver


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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Read the most recent issues of NSSS publications:
The Notepad
NSSS Advocacy Bulletin

View a short film of family members sharing their experiences of coping
with serious mental illness. More short films are available on our
YouTube channel.
Estate Planning, Discretionary Trusts, and Strategic Giving Workshop
Saturday, February 28, 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
West Vancouver Library (Welsh Hall)
Offered free of charge; registration required

Led by Bill Murdock, a financial security advisor who himself has an ill relative, the workshop is designed for families of those with a mental illness. Bill will explain how to make the most of your options to help secure the financial future of your loved one, and also ensure future caregivers have the support they need.

Topics to be covered include making a will, fund provision and management, RDSPs, discretionary trusts, and reducing tax burden.
The Family Support Centre is Turning 20!
Join us at the Annual General Meeting, March 25, at 7 p.m., at Lions Gate Hospital for a special 20th anniversary celebration of the Family Support Centre. For the past two decades, the Centre has been the hub of our support activities, helping hundreds of families who are coping with their loved one's mental illness.

Walking through the Centre's doors means family members are no longer alone, that they have a space to share their feelings with others who can empathize because they have been through similar experiences.

Please RSVP to and help us celebrate the many members and volunteers who keep the Centre running year after year. We look forward to seeing you.

Changes to Disability Assistance Makes it Easier to Calculate Earnings
People receiving disability assistance in B.C. are now able, as of January 1, 2015, to calculate their earnings on an annual basis instead of monthly. This will make it easier for those receiving disability assistance to earn more money and may help reduce barriers to employment.

Annualized earning exemptions are helpful for people with disabilities whose ability to earn fluctuates during the year. If a person earns more than $800 in one month, they can keep all of that money up to $9,600 for the year. There is no monthly maximum.

Earning exemptions are in addition to monthly disability assistance and other supports such as discounted bus passes, free MSP, medical supplies, dental and optical care, and employment services through the Employment Program of B.C. 

This change supports Accessibility 2024, the government’s 10-year plan to make B.C. the most progressive place for people with disabilities in Canada.

Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT)
Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) was the subject of our last Public Education Lecture, Wednesday, January 28, at 7:30 p.m., at Lions Gate Hospital Auditorium. Dr. John Walker, clinical psychologist and director of the DBT Centre, in Vancouver, explained how DBT, a modified form of cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), can help adults and adolescents manage borderline personality disorder, depression, and anxiety, as well as complex problems such as addiction, self-harm, and suicidality. A recap of the presentation will appear in an upcoming issue of the Notepad newsletter.
NSSS Responsiveness to Families Award Presented to Dr. Steve Mathias
The Family Support Centre held a small gathering Tuesday, December 16, in honour of Dr. Steve Mathias, this year's recipient of the NSSS Responsiveness to Families Award. This award is presented annually to a healthcare or service provider who demonstrates outstanding responsiveness to families and includes family members as part of their ill relative's care team. Dr. Mathias was nominated by several families who feel their lives would not have been the same without his treatment and attention. More on this event will appear in the January 2015 issue of the Notepad.
Find a variety of North Shore health programs, services, and practitioners, including those for mental health and addictions, quickly and easily using the new Health Connection online resource, also available as an app. For mobile users, the app is available to download from Apple's iTunes App Store (works on iPhone and iPad with iOS7 or later; optimized for iPhone 5). This helpful resource was developed by the North Shore Division of Family Practice and Vancouver Coastal Health.


Family Support Group
The Family Support Group meets once a month in Squamish, Whistler, Port Coquitlam, and West Vancouver. 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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