Campbell River and North Island Schizophrenia Society  

Campbell River Branch

A Reason to Hope.  The Means to Cope.

We're here to help!

When a friend or family member is diagnosed with a mental illness, you may feel overhelmed, isolated and confused about what happens following the diagnosis. You may ask

  • Who can I talk to about this?
  • Where do I find information?
  • Where do I find help?
  • What programs and services are available?

We can help you find answers to these questions. You can drop into our office or phone or email us to talk to our staff and volunteers. We also have a free lending library, including books, brochures and videos.

We also offer Strengthening Families Together, Brainstormers Puppet Program and the Nutritional Learning Program. Please see the Programs page for more information.   

Office Address: 850E - 12th Avenue, Campbell River, BC

Open Tuesdays, 1-5 p.m. and Fridays, 10:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.

P 250-914-3059      F 250-914-3061

e-mail: [email protected] 

Mailing address: Box 651, Campbell River, BC, V9W 6J3 

Thank you to our funders 

Comox Valley Regional District, Area C

The Hamber Foundation

Island Health 

The Lohn Foundation

Ministry of Children and Family Development  

Strathcona Regional District, Area D 

 We acknowledge the financial support of the

Province of British Columbia

(through the Community Gaming Grant)

Next SFT begins Sept. 25

Our next Strengthening Families Together session begins Tues. Sept. 25, 6:30-8:30 p.m. There will be 10 classes with a possible 11th.

There is no charge for the class. We supply a travel allowance for those who don’t live in Campbell River.


Class size is limited, so preference will be given to those who are family members of loved ones with a mental illness and who haven’t taken the class in the past 2 years.


Email us at [email protected] or phone us at 250-914-3059 to register.


Latest addition to our library


Depression the Comedy 

by Jessica Holmes


Comedians live by the mantra tragedy + time = comedy - hence Jessica Holmes's refreshing and hilarious new memoir about depression, 'the cold sore of the mind.' She takes us on her journey - sometimes laugh-out-loud, sometimes cringe-worthy - from successful performer to someone who was basically living the life of a house cat. She muses about
· the chicken and the egg of depression and comedy
· marriage counselling (a.k.a. tattling on your spouse)
· where jokes come from
· living on the sofa, which now looks like a tornado hit a 7-Eleven
· her kids' take on the perks of having a depressed mom: "We don't have to clean up anything. Yesterday the cat barfed and Mom just put a cushion on it and went back to playing on the iPad!"
· the obnoxiousness of anti-depressant commercials: "I never noticed the ocean before!"

Holmes shares her two cents on how to play it cool when your medication makes you hear Kate Hudson's voice, and why you don't sneak elk pepperettes into the movies. It's a validating read for anyone who has suffered from depression a little ("I get sad every January") or a lot ("My psychiatrist doesn't have a name for what I've got") or who just thinks real life calls for levity and understanding.