Our Mission: Why we exist.
The Manitoba Schizophrenia Society is a consumer focused, family sensitive mental health self help organization. We are dedicated to the improvement of quality of life for all those who are personally impacted by schizophrenia, psychosis and co-occurring disorders. We promote recovery through engagement, education, peer support and advocacy by working in partnership with consumers, families and service providers.
Our Vision: Our dream.
We envision a society where persons with mental illness are fully supported in their journey of recovery and are valued participants in their community.
Our Belief about Recovery: It is possible.
Recovery is being able to live a meaningful and satisfying life, as defined by each person, in the presence or absence of symptoms. It is about having control over and input into your own life. Each individual’s recovery, like his or her experience of the mental health problems or illness, is a unique and deeply personal process. (Scottish Recovery Network)
Recovery is a concept that has been introduced primarily by people who have recovered from mental health experiences and has grown considerably around the world. We value the voices of those with lived experiences with mental illness and recovery. As a compassionate organization, MSS sees the consumer as a person who can recover, who can make choices, who must be listened to and is included in all planning stages of developing, implementing and evaluating mental health system in Manitoba.
Through the recovery model people are helped to maintain or rebuild valuable and satisfying lives within and beyond the limits imposed by their mental illness. The principles of recovery empower individuals to reach for their dreams and find hope. Recovery from mental illness is most effective when a holistic approach is considered; this includes psychological, emotional, spiritual, physical and social needs.
“In building hope-inspiring relationships mental health service providers must genuinely value and accept people for what they are; see and believe in their potential and abilities; listen to, accept and actively explore their experiences; tolerate uncertainty about the future; and help them to build on the problems and set-backs that will be part of their recovery processes. It involves a willingness to persevere and continue believing in someone even when everything seems to be going wrong, coupled with a genuine empathy and concern for their well-being, and a measure of humour – laughing with (not at or about) that person.” (Repper and Perkins 2003)
- We believe recovery is possible.
- Recovery is a personal journey based upon self determination, choice, hope and empowerment.
- The goal is regaining a quality of life as one lives beyond the limitations of mental illness.
- Recovery is enhanced through engaging in meaningful activities that connect one to the community.
- Recovery is supported through timely, individualized and holistic interventions which include access to treatment options, psychosocial rehabilitation, education, community and spiritual supports.
- The primary purpose of mental health service providers is to create environments in which recovery can take place.
- Believing that recovery is possible and having this belief supported by family, friends, peers, and service providers helps to fuel self-agency, the process of intentionally living one’s life according to one’s personal goals.
Our Core Values: Things that are important to us.
- Meaningful Engagement
- Dignity and Respect
- Equal treatment
- Social Inclusion
- Social Justice
- Human Rights
- Cultural Safety
- Personal safety
- Collaborative Mental Health Care
- Holistic: bio-psycho-social-spiritual
- Public Education and Awareness
- Mental Health Literacy
- Early Intervention
- Peer Support
- Family Support
What People Are Saying
"Without your help our son would not be where he is today: in recovery!"
— A Mom
"The Hearing Voices Workshop was amazing. It gave me insight as to what a person goes through who hears voices. Thank you for offering this workshop that helps reduce stigma. "
— An RN
"Jane Burpee is wonderful. Her presentation on schizophrenia answered so many questions and gave me hope for my sister."
— A Student