Schizophrenia Society of Ontario

Year Joined Federated Health Charities: 2005
Amount Received by Federated Health in 2015: $111,817
Amount Spent on Client Services in 2015: $1,012,703
Number of Cases in Ontario:                                                                                                        136,000

Main Office Address

130 Spadina Avenue, Suite 302
Toronto, ON M5V 2L4

Contact Information

Tel: 1-800-449-6367
Fax: 416-449-8434

Website

www.schizophrenia.on.ca

Mission

We make a positive difference in the lives of people, families and communities affected by schizophrenia and psychotic illnesses.

Vision

We envision a world without schizophrenia.

For this to happen:

  • Society must recognize schizophrenia as a serious brain disease.
  • Excellence in service and treatment must become the norm.
  • Stigma must be eliminated.
  • A cure must be found.

Mandate

Educate, Support, Advocate

Strategic Directions:

  1.  Assume a stronger role in education and awareness on schizophrenia and psychotic illnesses, resulting in increased capacity of individuals and communities to respond to this illness.
  2. Establish our niche in the provision of support services for individuals and families dealing with schizophrenia and psychotic illnesses in a sustainable and equitable manner across the province.
  3. Mobilize youth to take a greater role in understanding schizophrenia and psychotic illnesses and championing this cause.
  4. Increase organizational reach, capacity and sustainability.

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When Dimitri first found out he had schizophrenia, he felt like shutting himself off from the rest of the world. It was incredibly scary for him to discover that his life had changed forever.

Just before he was diagnosed, Dimitri began having a difficult time at university. “My classes weren’t going well. I’d lost my part-time job and was finding it hard to cope with many aspects of my life. Finally, I had to drop out of school and return home.”

Dimitri wanted to retreat from everything and everyone. But thankfully, he was never truly alone. His parents reached out to the Schizophrenia Society of Ontario (SSO) for help.

“My parents always did their best to understand what I was going through. And behind them was SSO, giving my family the tools they needed to help me navigate my new life. With my parents’ support, I started to get involved in activities outside my home. I volunteered as a tutor, spent time with close friends and eventually returned to school.”

Today Dimitri is a PhD Candidate at Trent University.

“I know that my success wouldn’t have been possible without the help my family received from SSO. My parents learned so much about what I was going through. I also participated in activities that gave me a chance to meet other people with the same challenges. That was very reassuring.”

We cannot give up on those living with schizophrenia and other psychotic illnesses. Each one of them has the potential to live productive and fulfilling lives.

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