Here are some of the educational resources available through the Schizophrenia Society of Ontario:
To download a brochure, click on the 'download' link next to its title.
A brochure about who we are and the services we provide.
Get the Facts
A general information brochure, outlining what schizophrenia is, who gets it, the symptoms and treatment.
Facts for Families
An in-depth 8-brochure information kit on topics related to schizophrenia.
Advocacy - Working for change
Coping as a Family
Myths & misunderstandings - Dealing with stigma
The Early Stages - Signs and symptoms
Treatment & medication
Understanding symptoms - What you can do
What to do in a crisis
You and the treatment team
Advocacy - Working for change (French)
Coping as a Family (French)
Myths & misunderstandings - Dealing with stigma (French)
The Early Stages - Signs and symptoms (French)
Treatment & medication (French)
Understanding symptoms - What you can do (French)
What to do in a crisis (French)
You and the treatment team (French)
Getting Help Early
A brochure written for young people and those who work with young people, providing an overview of psychotic disorders, and emphasizing the importance of early identification and treatment.
Families as Partners in Care
A brochure outlining what we envision the role of families to be in the care and treatment of their ill relative.
When your Brother or Sister has Schizophrenia
A brochure outlining how schizophrenia affects siblings.
Restoring Hope & Moving Forward: Stories from Families about Coping with the Challenges of Serious Mental Illness
This resource consists of nine stories told from the perspective of a family member who has a loved one with a mental illness and, in some cases, also has had conflict with the law. Each story offers a very personal and honest account of what it is like to cope when your loved one is living with a serious mental illness.
Justice & Mental Health Resources
The Justice Process: A Guide for Families (download)
This in-depth guide takes the reader through the entire justice process, from arrest to sentencing and appeal. A glossary of frequently heard terms is provided. Tips for how families can help their loved ones throughout the process are also included within the guide.
Fitness to Stand Trial: A Guide for Families (download)
This educational resource provides more detailed information on the concept of "fitness to stand trial", including what criteria are used to determine whether someone is fit or unfit, and what happens to someone who is found unfit to stand trial.
Diversion: A Guide for Families (download)
This educational resource provides more detailed information on police diversion, court diversion, and mental health court. Criteria for diversion eligibility are provided, along with contents of a typical court diversion plan.
Court Diversion (Word) (PDF)
Documenting What Happened (Word) (PDF)
Fitness to Stand Trial (Word) (PDF)
JAMH Resources for Family and Friends (Word) (PDF)
Ontario Review Board (Word) (PDF)
Responding to a Mental Health Crisis (Word) (PDF)
Safety Plan (Word) (PDF)
Should I Call Police? (Word) (PDF)
La déjudiciarisation (Word) (PDF)
Documenter L'incident (Word) (PDF)
Aptitude à subir son procès (Word) (PDF)
La Commission ontarienne d’examen (COE) (Word) (PDF)
Quoi faire dans une situation de crise de santé mentale? (Word) (PDF)
Plan de secours pour les familles et les amis (Word) (PDF)
Dois-je appeler la police? Un outil de référence pour les familles et les amis (Word) (PDF)
Mental Illness & Violence Resources
Mental Illness and Violence (download)
This fact sheet offers detailed information about the relationship between mental illness and violence. Risk factors for violence are discussed and an overview of some research in this area is also provided.
Mental Health System Resources
Navigating the Mental Health System: An Information Guide (download)
This guide provides practical information on the range of services available in the mental health system and how to best access them.
A resource providing an overview of the Ontario Disability Support Program, outlining what it is, who it is for, and the application process.
Suicide Fact Sheets
Suicide Fact Sheet for Clients & Families
Suicide Fact Sheet For Providers
To order any of these resources, please email the Schizophrenia Society of Ontario at firstname.lastname@example.org.