Schizophrenia Society of Nova Scotia

A Reason to Hope. The Means to Cope.

What We Do

at the Schizophrenia Society of Nova Scotia


The Schizophrenia Society of Nova Scotia (SSNS) works to improve the quality of life for those affected by schizophrenia and psychosis through education, support programs, influencing public policy, and encouraging research. We provide a much needed community-based network of knowledgeable and dedicated volunteers to support Nova Scotians directly affected by schizophrenia and psychosis, as well as their family members, friends, colleagues, and communities. Our core belief is that people with mental illnesses like schizophrenia and psychosis can live a life of meaning and purpose. The focus of the SSNS 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 vision of the Schizophrenia Society of Nova Scotia is:

to reach all Nova Scotians who are directly or indirectly affected by

schizophrenia and psychosis;

to focus on the individual, not the illness;

to promote wellness and recovery; and

to reduce the misconceptions, stereotyping, prejudice, and discrimination so

often associated, unfortunately, with mental illnesses.

Our Programs and Services

Ten support group meetings including those held in Halifax

Regional Municipality, Kings County, Antigonish and Sydney.

A Provincial Information, Advice, and Connection Service. Please call

1-800-465-2601 if you need any assistance, either for yourself, or for a

loved one. For residents in the Antigonish area as well as on Cape Breton

Island, you can also call Jubanti Toppo at (902) 631-1336 or send an email


The From Recovery to Discovery Mental Health Peer Support Group (meets

every Thursday evening in Halifax.

Delivery of the Your Recovery Journey program

Provide co-facilitators for Families Matter in Mental Health: An Education

and Support Program (delivered throughout Nova Scotia)

A member of the provincial Mental Health and Justice Liaison Committee (a

committee formed as the result of a recommendation in the Report of the

Fatality Inquiry into the Death of Howard Hyde)

Involvement in the independent review of the Involuntary

Psychiatric Treatment Act

In partnership with Cole Harbour / Eastern HRM Community Mental Health,

administration of the Janine Williams Memorial Bursary Fund and its

associated bursary program

Organized and delivered the SSNS's 27th Annual Conference held on

November 13th, 2015, the theme of which was Thriving in Recovery


Media interviews conducted for the CBCs The National; the CTV National

News; CTV Newsnet; CTV News at 6; CBC News Canada Now; Global

Maritimes Evening News; CBC Information Morning (radio); CBC Maritime

Noon (radio); many CBC Radio 1 newscasts (Nova Scotia); as well as for

articles published in The Globe and Mail, The National Post, The Chronicle

Herald, Metro Canada Halifax, or posted on the Internet by,, or by The Canadian Press (some of these stories were also

published in various newspapers across Canada)



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