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October 12th 2010: Schizophrenia and Family Caregiving

Chris Summerville is a director of the Mental Health Commission of Canada. Debbie Sirota is a single parent of Tamara, aged 24, who lives with schizophrenia. They discuss services for persons with schizophrenia and their family caregivers, identify challenges the services respond to, and explore experiences. They examine the role of the family caregiver in the various stages of schizophrenia. They discuss the ways in which family caregivers become eyes, ears and voice for the persons they are caring for, and explore the special challenges this responsibility creates for family caregivers. They

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Dr. Chris Summerville

Dr. Chris Summerville is CEO of the Schizophrenia Society of Canada, www.schizophrenia.ca, and Executive Director of the Manitoba Schizophrenia Society. He serves on numerous boards and committees.
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Debbie Sirota

Debbie Sirota is a single parent of four daughters. Her daughter Tamara, age 24, lives with schizophrenia. Tamara was diagnosed while in the Remand Centre, following a Protection Order advised by her then psychiatrist who diagnosed Tamara’s psychotic state as "bad personality".
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