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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 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. With an earned doctorate, he is certified with the International Association of Psychosocial Rehabilitation Services as a Psychosocial Rehabilitation Practitioner and as an Intervention Trainer with Living Works. As a family member and a recipient of psychiatric services, he sees mental illness as an issue in social justice as well as health.
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