Some Information About the SSNL

The Schizophrenia Society of Newfoundland and Labrador is a charitable organization that works under the federation model with other provincial Schizophrenia Societies across Canada as well as the  Schizophrenia Society of Canada.

 Our mission is:

To improve the quality of life for those affected by Schizophrenia and Psychosis through education, support programs, public policy and research.

The first meeting of the Schizophrenia Society of Newfoundland and Labrador (SSNL) took place on January 29 1997.


SSNL’s mandate is:

  • To provide support for those who have schizophrenia, their families and friends.
  • To provide and promote public education, awareness, and understanding.
  • To advocate for better services for people with schizophrenia and their families.
  • To consult with government and private agencies regarding improvements in treatment, social services, mental health services and legislation.
  • To provide support for research related to schizophrenia & psychosis. 

Why do we need SSNL?

The current trend in treating individuals with schizophrenia is to hospitalize only during the acute phase of their illness. Otherwise the person is maintained in their community. Due to the devastating multifaceted nature of this disease, much support is needed at the grassroots community level to ensure needs are met. Currently there is a wide gap between available community resources and requirements in Newfoundland and Labrador. SSNL can bridge this gap and assist these individuals and their families in getting their needs met and in maintaining a good quality of life in their community, thus decreasing the need for rehospitalization.