A better life for those with serious mental illness

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 Riverview 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 Lands present. 

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."
We welcome your comments on the proposed model or any questions you may have. Please send them to info@riverviewvillage.ca. For membership and/or getting involved, please go to our Contact page for details. To donate only, please see our Donate page.

"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