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September 01st 2015:Whether Psychoses should be Decriminalized

On August 18, 2015, the John Howard society of Ontario released the report “Unlocking Change: Decriminalizing Mental Health Issues in Ontario”. It indirectly raises the question of whether psychoses, which occur with schizophrenia, should be decriminalized. Dr. Chris Summerville is the CEO of the Schizophrenia Society of Canada, www.schizophrenia.ca. He explains its role as a national organization, how it handles discussions of psychoses, and its work with psychoses. He discusses the mental-health, societal and mental healthcare system challenges associated with psychoses that may lead to indi

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Dr. Chris Summerville

Dr. Chris Summerville is one of the eleven non-government directors of the Mental Health Commission of Canada appointed by Prime Minister Stephen Harper. As a family member and a recipient of psychiatric services, he has been the executive director of the Manitoba Schizophrenia Society since 1995 and is also the CEO of the Schizophrenia Society of Canada, Schizophrenia Society of Canada As a provincial and national leader and advocate, he serves on numerous boards and committees including The Mood Disorders Society of Canada, The National Network on Mental Health, The Canadian Alliance on Mental Illness and Mental Health, and several ethics committees. With an earned doctorate, he is c
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