Respite Survey

Respite Needs of People Living with Schizophrenia

Schizophrenia Information

What does "respite" mean?

For caregivers, it may mean a break from the everyday routine, time to oneself, or a chance to recharge all the while knowing that the care recipient's needs are still being met. For care recipients, respite may mean having education and training opportunities, access to leisure activities, or practical help around the house.

Recognizing the need to examine the respite needs of people living with schizophrenia and their caregivers, the Schizophrenia Society of Canada (SSC) undertook a national survey of its members.

We are pleased to present the survey findings: Respite Needs of People Living with Schizophrenia. Download the mental health resources here:

This unique and significant base of information on how our members view and use respite provides SSC with a starting point to raise awareness about the importance of respite for people affected by psychiatric disabilities and advocate for programs and supports to meet their needs.

This project would not have been possible without generous funding from the J.W. McConnell Family Foundation and its Supporting Family Caregivers Initiative. The Sschizophrenia Society Canada and the SSC Mental Health Foundation extends its sincere thanks and appreciation to the Foundation for its commitment to family caregivers.

Care Renewal

Respite means...

"Time to take care of my physical and mental needs so that I can be a better caregiver." - Survey respondent

"A break, a rest from what you are doing with the knowledge that the person you are caring for is well-looked after, happy, safe." - Survey respondent

"Quality time for the caregiver and the individual in need of mental health help. A time out to renew the caregiver's vitality and a time out for the client to learn new skills or hobbies or simply socialize." - Survey respondent