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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

May 27, 2015
Public Education Lecture Series, at Lions Gate Hospital, 7:30 pm, with Dr. William Honer; topic: Brain Plasticity and Everyday Life; event is free, no registration required

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

June 6, 2015
West Vancouver Community Day Parade; RSVP to walk with NSSS

July 1, 2015
North Vancouver Canada Day Parade; RSVP to walk with NSSS


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.
Brain Plasticity and Everyday Life
NSSS invites you to join Dr. William Honer, Head, UBC Department of Psychiatry, at the next Public Education Lecture Series, Wednesday, May 27, in the Lions Gate Hospital Auditorium, at 7:30 p.m. Dr. Honer will describe his research into brain plasticity and how it impacts everyday life for those with a mental ilness.

The Family Support Centre is 20 Years Old!

Thank you to all members and volunteers for your support, and to those who braved a rainy night to join us at the Lions Gate Hospital Auditorium, Wednesday, March 25, for the Annual General Meeting and special celebration in honour of the Family Support Centre's two decades on the North Shore.

NSSS Vice-President Cheryl Zipper (right) acknowledged the outstanding contributions of the Centre's founder and support coordinator, Marguerite Hardin (not pictured), and Herschel Hardin, advocacy coordinator (left).

More on this event will appear in the May 2015 issue of The Notepad.

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.


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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