Schizophrenia, Schizoaffective & Psychosis Resources

Our peer supporter offers resources and support to individuals and families, sharing what worked for them to help our community thrive.

In October 2020, after 40 years of being known as the Manitoba Schizophrenia Society, the board passed a motion to take the necessary steps to rename the organization as Peer Connections Manitoba. This name under scores the value of connection within a context of peer support service delivery. Being a single illness focused organization was limiting our ability to serve the ever-increasing and broad spectrum of mental health needs of the larger population. With accessibility having been identified as one of the two biggest inefficiencies in our healthcare system, we feel it is our duty to remove barriers to receiving value-based peer support.

Peer Connections Manitoba does not provide medical services and therefore it is not fitting to use illness specific language to describe our organization. To be clear, we have not dropped our supports for schizophrenia, schizoaffective disorder, and psychosis – they are now included in the support we provide for all mental health challenges and addictions issues. We believe in the potential of every person to live beyond limitations and experience recovery. It is our goal to create a culture that thrives on hope and possibilities not a community focused on deficits.

We have changed the name of our organization, but we will never forget our roots. It is important to us that we continue to provide quality mental health education and resources for our Manitobans.

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Program/Workshop

(in Manitoba)

All self-referred unless otherwise specified

For Individuals:

Early Psychosis Prevention and Intervention Service (EPPIS)

A 2 year early intervention service in Winnipeg for individuals 18-35 years old experiencing their first symptoms of psychosis. Call (204) 940-8771 to be connected with an EPPIS Mental Health Clinician and start the application process.

1-on-1 Individual Peer Support

Connect with someone who has experience living with a mental health/addiction. Click the title above to be added to the waitlist and learn more.

Drop-In Peer Support

Available Mondays at by showing up physically to 100-4 Fort Street (Peer Connections Manitoba) between the hours of 10am-3pm. This is a first come first serve drop-in program getting you a 45-minute peer session between the hours of 1-4pm the same day. If you have questions please call our office at (204) 786-1616 or email info@peerconnectionsmb.ca.

Individual Peer Support Group

Open to all individuals who want to discuss mental health. Runs for an hour each week on Wednesdays starting at 1 pm, currently alternating weeks of in person and virtual. To register contact the facilitator Jackie H. at j.heidinger@peerconnectionsmb.ca or call 204-786-1616 ext. 226. If you leave a voicemail, please mention the message is for Jackie as the voicemail is shared.

Your Recovery Journey Program

A self guided curriculum to support individuals through their own recovery journey. The program provides online modules individuals can complete at their own pace.

For Families/Caregivers/Friends:

Family Recovery Journey

A workshop for family members coping with someone experiencing mental illness and struggling with how to support their loved one. This 5-session national education program is designed to meet the needs of family members, caregivers and friends of individuals living with and recovering from a mental illness.

Family Peer Support Group

A group for caregivers of someone experiencing mental health challenges. The sessions run for an hour every Thursday starting at 6pm. Currently alternating in-person and virtual sessions. To register contact the facilitator Sandra T. at s.troup@peerconnectionsmb.ca or call 204-786-1616 ext. 227.

For Organizations:

Hearing Voices That Are Distressful Simulation Workshop

Offered twice a month and delivered online through Zoom, can host up to 35 people per workshop. To view the upcoming sessions please click the title above.

**This program is not suited for individuals who are currently hearing voices or close family members**

Websites

  • Schizophrenia Society of Canada

    Canadas largest organization with a focus on Schizophrenia recovery, research, and advancements.

  • Manitoba Psychological Society

    A directory with verified psychiatrist across Manitoba. The website allows you to filter areas of focus making your search more efficient.

  • Early Psychosis Intervention

    A website created with the intent of providing collective resources to support individuals early  in their psychosis experience.

  • Cannabis and Psychosis

    Information to help you learn about cannabis and psychosis from people with firsthand experience. This platform aims to provide you with the facts so you can make your own informed decision.

  • Employment with Supports – CMHA

    A program to support individuals returning or entering employment. Click the link above and scroll to the bottom of the webpage for the qualification criteria.

  • Mental Health Court in Manitoba

    Offers pre-sentence services and supports to individuals whose criminal involvement is a direct result of their mental illness. Services provided by a Forensic Assertive Community Treatment (FACT) team established within the Winnipeg Regional Health Authority’s Community Mental Health program.

  • Legal Aid Manitoba

    Provides complementary legal representation and advice to individuals who are low income. Find the financial qualifications here.

  • Legal Help Centre

    A non-profit in Winnipeg supporting Manitobans with complimentary services for legal matters. Click here to see if you qualify for services.

Books

All books listed below are available at the Mental Health Education Resource Centre located at 100-4 Fort St. in Winnipeg:

I Am Not Sick, I Don't Need Help
by Xavier Amador, PhD

A guide on how to help someone during mental health challenges to accept treatment.

The Complete Family Guide to Schizophrenia
by Kim T. Mueser and Susan Gingerich

Words of insight and inspiration for a family witnessing a loved one going through the effects of Schizophrenia.

3. Living Outside Mental Illness: Qualitative Studies of Recovery in Schizophrenia
by Larry Davidson

This book is a collection of stories from individuals who have experienced Schizophrenia.

Rays of Hope: A Reference Manual for Families & Caregivers
by the Schizophrenia Society of Canada

Written from the perspective of family member providing real insight into supporting someone through Schizophrenia.

Videos

Podcast