The B.C. Schizophrenia Society focused on issues related to the psychiatric inpatient experience—along with the experiences of parents when their children are hospitalized—at its October 2019 annual general meeting. A panel discussion called “Inpatient Care for People with Serious Mental Illness: Current Issues” included speakers addressing the shortage of psychiatric beds, potential legal barriers to treatment, a parent’s perspective on the inpatient experience, and ways to reduce the need for inpatient care.

Nancy Ford, retired Executive Director for Pathways Serious Mental Illness Society (previously North Shore Schizophrenia Society), is a family advocate and mother of a son diagnosed with schizoaffective disorder. She and her son have experienced first hand the support and challenges families and patients encounter while in hospital. Nancy spoke at the October 6th, 2019 annual meeting of the B.C. Schizophrenia Society in Vancouver. She addressed the topic, “The inpatient experience: A parent’s perspective.”

Listen to audio from Nancy Ford’s presentation (as later broadcast on People First Radio). Watch the presentation (with accompanying slides) on the B.C. Schizophrenia Society’s YouTube channel.

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