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Natasha Nicholson, Schizophrenia Society of Alberta

Our Mission

We're working towards improving the quality of life for those affected by schizophrenia and psychosis through education, support programs, public policy and research.

Our Goals

In order to support people living with Schizophrenia, we’re working towards a number of goals:

  • To improve the quality of life for those living with schizophrenia
  • To provide support for families affected by schizophrenia
  • To increase public awareness and understanding of schizophrenia
  • To advocate for improved services for those persons living with schizophrenia
  • To promote research into the causes and treatment of schizophrenia

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Sleigh Rides in Support of the Schizophrenia Society of Alberta

Tuesday January 06 , 2015

An artist facilitating a water colour class,

Support workers busily making phone calls,

A public speaker reviewing their speech notes,

Most would say that this is an average day at a local non-profit, few can say that these are all individuals living with schizophrenia that are employed by the Schizophrenia Society of Alberta.

Schizophrenia, a biological disorder of the brain, can impact the way a person sees and interacts with their world. 1 in 100 people are diagnosed with this illness, 28,000 people live with schizophrenia in the Capital Region.

The Schizophrenia Society of Alberta is a registered charity that supports individuals and families living with this illness. The SSA goal is to convey hope, resiliency and recovery. When individuals and their families are given needed resources, amazing things can happen. Many people prior to walking through the doors of the Edmonton Branch feel isolated and unsure of their future. Family members often feel lost and lack the resources needed to cope.


Family Support Night at the Schizophrenia Society of Alberta Edmonton Branch

“I had to accept that recovery from mental illness does not mean an absence of symptoms, it is a journey and when equipped with the right tools success is possible, My son is socializing with friends more, able to contribute to the family in many ways, is much more caring with pets and maintains some computer work ability.  He walks prouder and the beautiful smile has returned."
-Joyce Olson-

Everyday, the SSA supports individuals and families with services that include Education Groups and Drop- in Support Groups. People living with schizophrenia also receive support from those that have walked in their shoes.The Peer Support Outreach Team is comprised of people living successfully with the illness.They are educated, experienced and dynamic individuals who once struggled and are now helping others. Phone calls that reach the most isolated, to organizing an Edmonton Street car ride to the Fringe festival are all done by Peer Support Outreach Workers.

We invite you to visit the Schizophrenia Society of Alberta Edmonton any day and see innovative projects, listen to great conversation and witness individuals walking a recovery journey filled with hope. 

Thank you to everyone who supported the sleigh rides in November and December. We are excited to partner with Old Strathcona to offer sleigh rides throughout the area as part of Ice on Whyte:
- January 24 & 25, 1pm-5pm
- January 31 & February 1, 1pm-5pm
- Sleigh rides by donation to the Schizophrenia Society of Alberta
- Five convenient stop locations that you can get on and off at (ride the sleigh for the whole circuit or hop on and off at the shuttle stops which are all conveniently located near major parking lots).
- Last pick ups are around 4:30pm