British Columbia Schizophrenia Society

Founded in 1982 by families and friends of people with schizophrenia, the BC Schizophrenia Society (BCSS) is dedicated to providing support and education to families and their ill relatives. BCSS has grown into a large provincial volunteer-based family support organization with members and supporters province wide, provincial office staff, and a team of regional family support coordinators. BCSS is a registered non-profit society located in Richmond, BC, and is led by a volunteer Board of Directors.

BCSS Mission

To improve the quality of life for those affected by schizophrenia and psychosis through education, support, public policy and research.

BCSS Vision

The BCSS strives to bring compassion and hope to those affected by schizophrenia and psychosis.

Core Values


Family Centered

We provide education and caring support for families affected by serious mental illness. The family unit is our first responsibility and primary focus; the person with the illness is always included in the definition of family.


Partnership and Respect

We do not work in isolation. We seek to build a broad range of dynamic partnerships through open and timely communications based on respect and appreciation for all those we serve and work with.


Innovation and Improvement

We are committed to innovation through ongoing learning and improvement to meet the changing and diversified needs of families with mental illness in today’s society.


Accountability and Transparency

We measure our performance and follow a process of continuous improvement. We are wholly accountable for our actions to our supporters for our use of financial and human resources available to us.

Our Mandate

  • Provide support and education to families and their ill relatives suffering from schizophrenia and other serious mental illnesses
  • Increase public awareness and understanding
  • Advocate on behalf of families and people with serious mental illness for improved services
  • Promote research into the causes, treatment and ultimate cure of schizophrenia
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