The Schizophrenia Society of Nova Scotia (SSNS) works to improve the quality of life for those affected by schizophrenia, psychosis, bipolar and related mental disorders through education, support programs, influencing public policy, and encouraging research. 

We provide a much needed community-based network of knowledgeable staff and dedicated volunteers to support Nova Scotians directly affected by schizophrenia, psychosis, bipolar and related mental health disorders, as well as their family members, friends, colleagues, (circle of support) and communities.

Our core belief is in hope and recovery, that people with a diagnosis like schizophrenia, psychosis, bipolar and related can live the life they desire.  The focus of the Society is to promote the goal that each individual will be able to return to a quality of life meeting each person's own perception of needs and expectations. The Society supports healthy minds, bodies, communities and lives. Early intervention is key and one of our key elements is education, know the signs and symptoms! (see resource page)

The Future of The Schizophrenia Society of Nova Scotia

Our Strategic Plan

The Board of Directors embarked upon a Strategic Plan (2016-2019) in the early winter of 2016. Through this process facilitated by Kristin Williams, the Board found common ground on 5 strategic pillars upon which the operating plans are developed underneath every and the work is guided by their vision for the future.
#1 - Financial Sustainability - To grow Road to Recovery Walk and Conference, increase our capacity through resources and increase the number and diversity of revenue sources
#2 - Connecting People & Services - Expand connection services via network to prepare and support individuals in community. Map supports and services through gap analysis, develop and investigate solutions for gaps across NS, and create a network of volunteer support throughout the province.
#3 - Expand Outreach & Education - Seek opportunities to connect with youth and families to raise awareness of schizophrenia and psychosis. Tap into existing initiatives, develop outreach tools and resources and connect with youth agencies and care providers
#4 - Expand Supportive Resources - Establish support groups throughout NS - Assess needs in communities, connect with community leaders, host focus groups and interest meetings in communities and determine options and opportunities
#5 - Sigma Reduction - Educate Society to know the signs/symptoms, dispel myths, defeat prejudice and discrimination, develop a case for support, assess social capital and networks and research best practices, determine who partners and prospects are, develop and steward relationships to secure funding and find inkind partner for campaign to raise awareness.
There has been a follow up exercise with review and revisions for 2016-2019. Completed audit reviewing financial practices, fund development, strategic planning & thinking, capacity to innovate, mapped and made recommendations which are being followed and in practice.

One to One Peer Support and Supportive Housing Programs please contact - see programs   

Support Groups - Family and Peer Education and Support - programs

A Network of Education and Support Groups for Family:

  • HRM Family Group
  • Pictou County Mental Illness Family Support Group
  • Sydney
  • Inverness
  • Richmond County
  • SSNS Kings County Chapter

SSNS groups are generally facilitated by dedicated volunteers, the Schizophrenia Society of Nova Scotia is a strong voice for those affected by schizophrenia, psychosis, bipolar and related mental health disorders and is a resource for all Nova Scotians seeking information about any mental health disorder. The Society is inclusive of all and not defined by diagnosis.

Peer Led Education and Support Groups:

The Society has two peer led support groups, From Recovery to Discovery Thursday evenings and a structured 10 week workshop for Voice Hearers both held in Halifax 5571 Cunard Street location at this time. The goal is to have peer led groups in communities across the province as funding allows. There is ongoing grant writing and our groups are a focus to enable SSNS to support as many people in the province as possible. Voice Hearers requires registration for the 10 week workshops and From Recovery to Discovery is an open group, join us!


If you would like to start a group, support a group, or become a member of the Schizophrenia Society of Nova Scotia, please get in touch with us through the contact information available by clicking here.  We look forward to hearing from you.