This website is part of a project at the Schizophrenia Society of Canada. The project aims to optimize the chances of recovery and quality of life of people affected by concurrent disorders by providing user-friendly and accessible information for consumers, family members and service providers. The project is a three-year initiative funded by the Drug Strategy Initiatives Fund of Health Canada.

During the first year of the project, which was launched in September of 2005, a National Advisory panel was formed. The panel (comprised of professionals in the fields of mental health and addictions, administrators, researchers, people with schizophrenia and their families) provided leadership and guidance throughout all phases of the project.

Year one of the project focused primarily on networking and research - on finding out what we need to know about people's experiences living with schizophrenia and substance use, and of the challenges and opportunities emerging across the country in the areas of treatment, research and advocacy. We learned about various promising initiatives underway across the country that are improving the lives of people with concurrent disorders, as well as the many gaps and frustrations that continue to challenge those dealing with concurrent disorders. You can read about the results of our research process in the Discussion Paper.

For the second and third years of the project the focus has shifted to developing the kinds of information and resources that were highlighted in the research. Please refer to the sections for Consumers, Family members and Service Providers for specific information.

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