A better life for those with serious
For those with a serious mental illness who
are unable to reach their potential, or often even
cope, in the urban landscape at large, the
Village Intentional Community Society brings the
creativity and power of community to bear in a new
model for the Riverview Lands. The proposal
envisages a community of mentally ill and
non-mentally ill living together on the Lands. Its
goal: to engage those seriously ill, especially
those with schizophrenia - give them a true sense of
belonging, help them work through their
difficulties, and break their isolation. It
will be an "intentional community" expressly for
the benefit of the seriously mentally ill, taking advantage of the rare
opportunity for such a community that the Riverview
For a concise account of the rationale of the
proposal, please see "Riverview
Village aims to improve quality of life for mentally
ill," an op-ed piece which appeared in the
Vancouver Sun July 2017.
Key documents include:
- "Riverview Village: An innovative, ground-breaking community for the Riverview Lands," the original discussion paper on the model, July 2014.
- "Questions and Answers": Elaboration of the proposal, covering the community model, development of the Village, the clinical story, economic factors, and relationships and belonging.
- "Making the 'intentional community' explicit": Response to B.C. Housing's December 2015 "vision" document for renewing the Lands.
- "Intentional communities with therapeutic or developmental objectives": Analysis of how intentional communities work, throwing light on the potential for Riverview.
- "Alignment of the Riverview Village Intentional Community proposal and the Higenbottam recommendations adopted by the City of Coquitlam": Its finding: "There is good symbiosis between the two proposals and no basic conflict."
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"It may be that the negative symptoms of schizophrenia, including problems with motivation, social interactions, affective experience and responsiveness, prosody and clarity of speech, and slowed movement, contribute more to poor functional outcomes and quality of life for individuals with schizophrenia than do [psychotic] symptoms."
- Dawn I. Velligan and Larry D. Alphs, "Negative Symptoms in Schizophrenia: An Update on Identification and Treatment," Psychiatric Times, November 24, 2014
"Community itself is a core healing modality." - Virgil Stucker, executive director, CooperRiis therapeutic community, North Carolina