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Many people have an idea in their head of what schizophrenia looks like, but as with most things the reality is varied.  The disorder is characterised by a wide range of behaviours including hallucinations, delusions, and paranoia.  Someone with schizophrenia sees a distortion of reality as they lose the ability to evaluate their environment rationally.  A shocking one third of sufferers attempt suicide.  There are 5 different subtypes of schizophrenia; Paranoid, Disorganised, Catatonic, Undifferentiated, and Residual.

For more information about the types of schizophrenia please click here. 

For more information about schizophrenia in general please click here. 



Hamilton Program for Schizophrenia (HPFS)

Treatment & Rehabilitation / Education & Research

  • The Hamilton Program for Schizophrenia is a comprehensive community-based treatment and rehabilitation program. The goal of this organization is to see their clients actively pursuing a healthy and fulfilling life in their community.

  • HPS ensures they stay current with evidence-based practices and provides a supportive environment that inspires individuals with schizophrenia so they can pursue their desired goals.

Contact 905-525-2832 for more information.


The Mental Health Rights Coalition of Hamilton

Drop-in peer support and resource centre open to members 11am-4pm.

  • A non-profit organization funded by Ontario's Ministry of Health and Long Term Care as a Consumer/Survivor Initiative.

  • Membership is free to mental health consumers over 18yrs and most of the programs and services are free to members.

  • MHRC practices systemic advocacy through various forms of community involvement

  • Peer support training could be suitable for those that have personal experience with a mental health or addiction challenge; personal experience with recovery process from mental health / addiction challenges; believe that people with serious mental health and/or addiction problems can and do recover; desire to help others; good listening abilities; is reliable and committed.

Contact 905-545-0211 for more information.

Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA)

  • Offers various free programs & services throughout the city including Social Recreation, Mental Health Promotion and Resiliency, Community Support, Primary Health Care, Court Support Services.

  • CMHA Hamilton Branch is a non-profit community mental health agency which provides services to adults with serious mental illness. Mission Statement of CMHA Hamilton: Assist and encourage consumers to achieve and maintain their optimum level of functioning in the community within the framework of self-determination.

Call 905-521-0900 for more information.

Schizophrenia Society of Ontario

Ask the Expert / Sound Off

  • Ask the Expert is a resource and counselling service for families and individuals impacted by mental illness.

  • Sound Off is a youth-led social initiative to get young people mobilized around mental health issues.

  •  Great educational resource to provide awareness and access to the latest research and information about the mental illness, Schizophrenia.

  • They work to make a positive difference in the lives of people, families and communities affected by schizophrenia and psychotic illnesses.

Contact Hamilton office at 905-523-7413 for more information.

Contact Ask an Expert by calling 1-855-449-9949 to speak with a mental health counsellor (there is also an online form option at the link above but turnaround time is 3 business days).


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