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Resources – Schizophrenia

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The complete family guide to schizophrenia: helping your loved one get the most out of life / Mueser, Kim T – New York: The Guilford Press, 2006.
This book provides information on effective treatments and advice on such topics such as dealing with symptoms, resolving everyday problems and setting life goals.
FAM RJ 506 .S3 M84 2006

Coping with schizophrenia / Jones, Steven – Oxford: Oneworld, 2004.
This book, written specifically for sufferers, as well as their caregivers and loved ones, takes a sensitive and understanding approach to schizophrenia, providing all the information necessary about the condition, its causes, and the range of treatments available.
FAM RJ 506 .S3 J6 2004

Diagnosis: schizophrenia: a comprehensive resource for patients, families, and helping professionals -- New York: Columbia University Press, 2002.
This book includes thirty-five first-person accounts, along with chapters by professionals on a wide range of issues from hospitalization to rehabilitation.  The chapters are short and offer up-to-date information on medication, coping skills, social services, clinical research, and much more.
FAM RJ 506 .S3 D52

Getting your life back together when you have schizophrenia / Temes, Roberta – Oakland, CA: New Harbinger Publication, 2002.
This book explains what schizophrenia is, describes the treatment options, and helps you understand what resources are available to help you.
FAM RJ 506 .S3 T45

If your adolescent has schizophrenia: an essential resource for parents / Gur, Raquel E – New York: Oxford University Press, 2006.
This informative guide was written specifically to help adults spot the warning signs and seek appropriate treatment for the young people in their lives.  Parents will find a clear definition of the disease, including early indicators of the disease as well as information on how to arrange for the proper diagnosis and treatment.
FAM RJ 506 .S3 G68 2006

Living with schizophrenia: a video for people with schizophrenia and those who care about them [DVD] / -- New York: Guilford Publications, Inc., 2003.
This video presents steps that can be taken to lead more successful lives such as managing medication problems, working with doctors, and enlisting support.
FAM RJ 506 .S3 L5 2003

Parenting through the storm: how to handle the highs, the lows and everything in between / Douglas, Ann. -- Toronto: HarperCollins Canada, 2015.
This book features interviews with experts on children's mental health as well as parents and young people who have lived with (or who are living with) mental illness. Drawing on her own experience and expertise, the author shows how to cope with years of worry and frustration about a child's behaviour; how to effectively advocate for the child and work through treatments; how to manage siblings' concerns and emotions; and, most importantly, how to thrive as a family.
FAM RJ 499.3 .D68 2015

Rickie / Flach, Frederic F – New York: Random House, 1990.
A biography written by a father, about his daughter and her illness.
FAM RJ 506 .S3 F57

Surviving schizophrenia: a manual for families, patients and providers / Torrey, E. Fuller -- New York: Harper Collins Publishers, 2006.
In clear language, this book describes the nature, causes, symptoms, treatment and course of schizophrenia and also explores living with it from both the patient and the family's point of view.
FAM RJ 506 .S3 T6 2006

When someone you love has a mental illness: a handbook for family, friends and caregivers / Woolis, Rebecca. -- New York: J.P. Tarcher/ Perigee, 2003.
This book discusses home care versus a treatment facility, financial assistance, selecting a physician, handling stress, balancing family needs, and other issues.
FAM RJ 499 .W65

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Resource List for Kids and Teens

Edward the "crazy" man / Day, Marie – Toronto: Annick Press, 2002.
About a young boy’s compassion for a homeless man whom everyone thinks is “crazy”.  Appropriate for ages 4 to 10 years
FAM RJ 506 .S3 D39

Me, myself and them: a firsthand account of one young person's experience with schizophrenia / Snyder, Kurt. -- Oxford; New York: Oxford University Press, 2007.
A combination guidebook and memoir, this book helps adolescents understand and manage the challenges of schizophrenia and to lead healthy and productive lives.
FAM RJ 506 .S3 S69 2007

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Web Sites

Schizophrenia Society of Canada / Société canadienne de la schizophrénie

Schizophrenia Society of Ontario / Schizophrénie society d’Ontario

Schizophrenia - Canadian Mental Health Association / Schizophrénie – Association canadienne pour la santé mentale

Helping Children and Youth with Psychosis – CHEO / Enfants et les jeunes aux prises avec une psychose - CHEO

Schizophrenia – MedlinePlus from the U.S. National Library of Medicine

NAMI Ontario: Ontario branch of the National Alliance for the Mentally Ill

Schizophrenia in Children and Youth – Children’s Mental Health Ontario / La schizophrénie chez les enfants et les jeunes – Santé mentale pour enfants Ontario

Société québécoise de la schizophrénie

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Mental Health Helpline
● From ConnexOntario Health Services Information
● English
● Free
● Last updated April 2015
● From Google Play: Are you or a loved one experiencing signs of a mental health issue? It can seem overwhelming to find out where and how to get the right help.  The Mental Health Helpline app provides access to information about mental health services in Ontario. You can use the application to quickly and anonymously contact a professional Information and Referral Specialist 24/7, 365 days a year via phone, email, or chat.  The Mental Health
Helpline can help connect you with local services that can:
- provide information about counselling services and supports in your community
- listen, offer support and provide strategies to help you meet your goals
- provide information on how to access these services or programs
- provide basic education about mental illness
- connect friends and family to supportive community resources
These services are free, confidential and anonymous. We’re happy to talk to you, even if you’re just looking for general information. We are the first place to start for help
● Available from Google Play & iTunes

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Local Contacts

Parents’ Lifeline of Eastern Ontario (PLEO) / Parents: Linges de secours de l’est de l’Ontario
Fax 613-321-3212

Schizophrenia Society of Ontario, Ottawa Chapter / Société de schizophrénie de l’Ontario. Chapitre Ottawa
c/o Royal Ottawa Hospital
1145 Carling Ave.
Ottawa, ON K1Z 7K4
613-729-8980 ext. 7775 or 7776

Kids Help Phone / Jeunesse J’écoute

This guide provides medical material for information purposes only and is not intended to replace the advice of your physician. The information may not always apply to your individual situation.

The guide represents material available in the Family Resource Library collection at CHEO. It is not intended to be an exhaustive list. Your local
public library may also be able to provide valuable information.

If you require materials in alternative formats, please contact the library at 613-737-7600 ext. 2157 or at

Last updated: May 2016
Links Tested: May 2016

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