Supporting those affected by schizophrenia as they lead fulfilling and meaningful lives.
Through peer support and theatrical performances, Darnell Piltingsrud is trying to make life better for people who suffer from schizophrenia.
By: Jennifer Friesen For Metro Published on Mon Oct 24 2016
While thinking back to the year 1988, Darnell Piltingsrud pauses for a moment and says, “I just remember being scared all the time.”
My parents witnessed red flags and decided to take me to the hospital. I was very frightened I thought I was evil and was going to be punished. I was placed in a small room with a little door in it, my mind told me to open the door and all would be okay.
Glen Devlin now knows he started to experience signs of schizophrenia in childhood. What was dismissed as the figment of childhood fantasy grew into a real-life problem for Glen as he got older.
My son has schizoaffective disorder. He’s battled his illness for over 8 years, since his early 20’s, with the utmost determination, courage and strength.
Ever since I can remember, our son Rob was a free spirit and full of life. He had a tender heart and would never say no to anyone in need. However, in junior high and high school Rob started to change.
Schizophrenia is a highly misunderstood disorder. Through community education, we plan to change that.
1 in 100 people are living with schizophrenia — around 34,000 Albertans.
SSA served over 22,000 individuals affected by schizophrenia this year.
Supportive employment for over 200 people living with schizophrenia.
This past year SSA presented to 352 community groups across Alberta.
We provide services and programming to empower those affected by schizophrenia through peer support, education, and supportive housing and employment. Many of our programs and services are available in person, over the phone, and online.