What is Advocacy?
"Advocacy" is defined as verbal support or argument for a cause or policy. Simply put, it is telling your story to a decision-maker, through various means, in order to compel that person to do something.
Most commonly, advocacy is directed towards government and decision makers. In the area of mental health, individuals and organizations advocate for a wide variety of reasons, including improved access to services and improved benefits and supports for people with mental illness.
A successful advocacy effort can take some time to produce results. But each time you speak on behalf of your chosen issue, you raise awareness and build support.
What does the Schizophrenia Society of Canada advocate for?
Advocating on behalf of individuals and families affected by schizophrenia is an important part of the SSC's mission. Our organization is committed to improving the quality of life for those affected by schizophrenia and psychosis through education and mental health resources, support programs, public policy and research.
The SSC's advocacy initiatives are directed by the Public Policy and Advocacy Committee of the Board of Directors. In 2006, the Advocacy Committee established several priorities for the SSC's advocacy efforts. They are:
Currently, the SSC is focusing its advocacy resources on the Canadian Mental Health Commission and Access to Schizophrenia Treatment Options. For more on these efforts, please see the Advocacy Issues page.
The SSC has been an active advocate on behalf of individuals affected by mental illness. To read more about our advocacy efforts on a number of issues, please view see the Position Papers and Reports section.