The Partnership Program is a unified effort. It consists of people living with mental illness, their family members, and mental health advocates. Each member shares important information in a one-hour, anti-stigma, public awareness presentation. The program has been studied by the Mental Health Commission of Canada to be a best practice in reducing stigma. What sets us apart is the contact-based education in our presentations. People with the lived experience of mental illness get to share their story of recovery.
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History of the Partnership Program
The Partnership Program was initially developed by the Schizophrenia Society in Vancouver B.C. in the mid-1990s and eventually spread across Canada. The provincial office of the Schizophrenia Society of Saskatchewan in Regina developed a Partnership Program in early 1998. A Partnership Program team was formed in Saskatoon in early 1999. An official rural Partnership Program team was started in 2017. Presentations given digitally via Webex began as a further option for presenting in 2019. The Partnership Program is a public awareness program designed to inform people about schizophrenia and related psychosis and provide hope and resources.
Our motto is a reason to hope and the means to cope. We hope to provide this to each person who attends a Partnership Program presentation.