Advocacy

A major part of the work done at the Schizophrenia Society of Saskatchewan involves advocacy, at both the individual and group level. To advocate means to gather and research factual information that is representative of the unmet needs of the membership that we serve and to collectively speak on behalf of the caregiving families and their ill relatives who are indirectly or directly affected by schizophrenia.

The Schizophrenia Society of Saskatchewan advocates for better services for people with schizophrenia and their families on a local, provincial and national level, in conjunction with the Schizophrenia Society of Canada and the other provincial Schizophrenia Societies. We are involved in: providing input to the improvement of mental health legislation; facilitating better access to health care; improving treatment of schizophrenia; promoting better availability of the latest medications; ensuring adequate availability of residential, social/recreational programs, and vocational/part-time work opportunities; promoting research to find the precise causes and an eventual cure for schizophrenia; and addressing pertinent issues that present themselves to caregivers, families, and individuals.

The Schizophrenia Society is currently a member of the Disability Income Support Coalition (DISC), which was formed by a large cross section of disability advocates, consumers and organizations across Saskatchewan who are committed to advocating for a respectful, dignified and adequate income support system. DISC members have joined together to speak as one voice, working towards a distinct (or separate) income system for people with disabilities that will be built on our common vision and principles. As a result of the hard work of the DISC team, the provincial government enacted the Saskatchewan Assured Income for Disability (SAID) program. The SAID program provides an income for persons with significant and long-term disabilities separate from the Saskatchewan Assistance Program.

In addition to DISC, the Schizophrenia Society of Saskatchewan is also involved in a number of other collaborative efforts along with other agencies in order to improve the lives of those impacted by schizophrenia and psychosis. The SSS is also a member of the Provincial Interagency Network on Disability, as well as Poverty Free Saskatchewan. The SSS also provides individual advocacy for individuals and families impacted by schizophrenia and psychosis. If you feel that you have been discriminated against, have not been treated fairly in attempts to receive service from other agencies, or are struggling with difficult circumstances and feel that you would benefit from our help, please get in contact with us today.