The Saskatoon office of the Schizophrenia Society of Saskatchewan was threatened with closure until support from the Morris Foundation provided what no other agency could: operating funds to pay rent, hire staff and increase much-needed programming.
More than 100,000 people in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan visited mental health care professionals in 2016, and the overwhelming majority of them suffered from schizophrenia and other psychoses.
The Schizophrenia Society of Saskatchewan is the primary organization that helps these people and their caregivers navigate the often complex and intimidating maze of health care services and parameters to find the care they need.
The two main programs offered are Strengthening Families Together and Your Recovery Journey.
Strengthening Families Together is a 10-session national education program for family members and friends of individuals with serious and persistent mental illnesses. The goal of Strengthening Families Together is to provide mental health resources and information on the topics associated with living daily with a mental illness and the mental health recovery process, for families and friends of individuals with schizophrenia and other related disorders.
Your Recovery Journey is based on the premise that there is hope, that people with mental illness can get well and stay well for long periods of time, doing the things they want to do with their lives. The overall goal of the program is to increase participants’ ability to meet their personal recovery goals by enhancing their self-determination and quality of life.
SSS Executive Director Jamie Eng says, "Without our programs, those with the illness and their families have little support. We are so grateful to the Morris Foundation for supporting our efforts to provide these much-needed programs, and to in fact extend them further outside of the major centres."