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The Schizophrenia Society of Nova Scotia works to improve the quality of life for people affected by schizophrenia, psychosis, bipolar, and related mental disorders. SSNS does this through education, support programs, influencing public policy, and encouraging research. SSNS supports healthy minds, bodies, communities, and lives.
SSNS is a registered charity and every year, raising funds through events and grant writing to ensure we continue our work in communities across the province. Recovery happens in community. SSNS offers peer support to both the person and to family, friends, colleagues through support and education/discussion groups and one to one for people and supporters.
“Peer support” refers to people using their experience with mental health to inspire others in similar situations and offer social and emotional support. Peer support is grounded in hope, empowerment, and recovery. Peer support is based on relationships in which each person is considered equal within the relationship and self-determination is highly respected.
SSNS offers a safe affordable housing opportunity to people looking towards recovery and in recovery. SSNS helps people navigate to find the right services, at the right time, access to care and treatment, support, education and resources. Due to chronic under-funding, SSNS looks for creative ways to grow, enabling us to have the greatest impact for the people and families we serve in Nova Scotia.
Early intervention is key and that requires education: know the signs and symptoms. Learn more at ssns.ca.