Housing Challenges for the Seriously Mentally Ill: Panel Discussion hosted B.C. Schizophrenia Society

Please join B.C. Schizophrenia Society as we facilitate a special discussion between government and other local not-for-profits on housing. Each speaker will speak from their expertise and the discussion will focus on the challenges that people with schizophrenia and other serious mental illnesses face when it comes to housing.

When:    Sunday, June 5, 2016 
              1:00 P.M. – 3:30 P.M. 

Where:  Fletcher Challenge Theatre 1900
              SFU Harbour Centre 
              515 West Hastings Street
              Vancouver, B.C.

Who:     Darrell Burnham, CEO, Coast Mental Health
              Dominic Flanagan, Exec Dir, Supportive Housing and Programs, B.C. Housing
              Carol Bellringer, B.C. Auditor General
              Sue Hammell, Opposition Spokesperson for Mental Health and Addictions
              Dr. John Higenbottam, Clinical Psychologist, UBC and Douglas College

Some questions to be considered throughout the discussion:
  • What does it mean to provide a home for people who have a serious mental illness? What does it include?
  • What are the best settings for people with schizophrenia that will decrease the likelihood of relapse?
  • Who is part of their mental illness care team and what levels of daily support are needed?

People with serious mental illnesses require different levels of support as part of their treatment plan. From medication and types of therapy to healthy lifestyles and building a community, all these factors influence the potential outcome of the illness. Through the experiences of our members, we know that having a sustainable, safe and supportive housing makes a difference. It allows for early recognition of potential relapses and helps ensure that people with schizophrenia lead productive and meaningful lives.

This event will be made available province-wide through a live webinar. For those joining us in person, please stay for refreshments after the presentation. 

For more information and to register, please contact prov@bcss.org or 604-270-7841.

We hope that you can join us in building more reasons to hope and creating more means to cope.