Schizophrenia Society of Canada Statement on COVID-19

Message by the CEO, Dr. Chris Summerville

We here at the Schizophrenia Society of Canada (SSC) like you, have been saddened to see the world-wide devastating impact that the Coronavirus (COVID-19) is having. Our thoughts go out to you, your families, and all of the people who have been affected by COVID-19. We are tremendously thankful for all those who are on the front lines working hard to contain the virus and who are working on the long-term solution to address this worldwide pandemic.

We are in the midst of a health pandemic, which is touching each of us in many ways. It is forcing all of us to view many of our everyday activities differently and making us change the way we live.

As we all know, Coronavirus (COVID-19) continues to spread here in Canada as well as across the globe, and urgent measures are needed to help contain the spread of the virus. Because SSC is concerned with the well-being of all of our staff and constituents, we want to help flatten the curve of the pandemic by temporarily scaling down all our services requiring all employees who can work remotely to do so. Our services will move to a remote/virtual model with normal operating hours.

As a national mental health organization, we understand this is a challenging time for many of us. We fully understand that during this time, there is a significant mental health component that is affecting the majority of us. We want you to know that we are with you through this time and our thoughts and focus goes out to all Canadians, and indeed, everyone throughout the world as we are all in this together.

Our top priority is ensuring the health and safety of all Canadians, staff, volunteers, and community partners. We would like to share our commitment to continuing to serve Canadians and the steps we are taking to support you during this changing and difficult time.

We are sharing the COVID-19 and mental health knowledge we are providing Canadians through this information. You will see a number of links below that will enable and empower you to take necessary action to keep yourself safe as well as your family members and friends, including the general public. Please avail yourself to these link resources and share with your family and friends, while supporting mental health services and resources for Canadians.

We know that we will be going through a challenging number of months. We need to stand together and look after each other. Please take the time that you and your family needs. Prioritize what is important in your lives. We all need to have patience, practice good self-care, and have empathy for each other. We also recognize the unusual strain and stress upon healthcare providers during this difficult time. Extend patience and curtesy to them as well.

About the Schizophrenia Society of Canada:
The Schizophrenia Society of Canada was launched in 1979 to provide people living with early psychosis and schizophrenia, their families and caregivers a strong, cohesive voice at the national level on issues relating to mental health and mental illness. The SSC aims to improve access to treatment, inform research, shape program development and government policy to improve the quality of life for people affected by early psychosis and schizophrenia.

OUR MISSION:
To build a Canada where people living with early psychosis and schizophrenia achieve their potential.

LINKS:
CDC - Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)
Help flatten the COVID-19 curve
Here Is Exactly Where We Are At With Vaccines and Treatments for COVID-19
How to apply for EI and COVID-19 emergency benefits
Coronavirus: 5 tips to find the best mental health tools online
Choosing sources of information carefully is critical to COVID-19 mental well-being says Mental Health Commission of Canada
COVID-19 and mental health
6 tips to respond to employee anxiety about COVID-19
Kids Help Phone - We are here for you during COVID-19 (novel coronavirus)
Mental Health and the COVID-19 Pandemic