Membership

Our support group meetings are open to all, and our newsletter is widely distributed, as a way of reaching out into the broader community.

We encourage anyone who is interested in our work to become a paid-up member, as a larger membership gives us a stronger voice on matters of importance to families affected by schizophrenia.

The support from membership fees also makes a valuable contribution towards our running costs.

Benefits and fees

In addition to attending meetings and receiving the newsletter, by joining FSS you will enjoy the following benefits available to paid-up members only:

  • Borrowing books from our library.
  • Standing for the management committee
  • Voting at the AGM, thereby giving direction to the organisation

Membership fees for 2024 are R130 per family.

Become a member

Show solidarity with our goals and access additional benefits

Become a member in 2 easy steps

Complete and submit a membership form
Payment details will be provided on screen and by email once you submit your form

Pay your annual membership fees
You can elect to pay via our secure Payfast payment gateway or via EFT

Renew your membership

Have you previously been a member of FSS or CSMH?
Please remember to renew your membership annually

Renew your membership in 2 easy steps

Complete and submit a renewal form
Payment details will be provided on screen and by email once you submit your form
Pay your annual membership fees
You can elect to pay via our secure Payfast payment gateway or via EFT

Update your details

Have your contact or other details changed?
Do you want to add a family member?
Let us know so that we can update our records

Members' stories

Read our members’ stories to learn about their experiences with schizophrenia.

Send in your own story if you would like to share it with others.

Ruby's story

When our son was diagnosed with schizophrenia more than twenty years ago, a friend in similar circumstances advised joining the support group. At the meetings I started to learn about this illness, the suffering of families and their ways of coping. I read a lot, asked a lot of questions…

Lydia's story

I am forever grateful to the support group for the assistance and support that I have received over the years. At the age of 16, my son was diagnosed with schizophrenia. At the time of his diagnosis 25 years ago I did not know what to do as it was just so devastating…

Wayne's story

It was round about 2019 when my son was diagnosed with schizophrenia. My knowledge of schizophrenia was limited to mainstream opinion and the negative stigma that the general public has of the illness. Connotations such as split personality, dangerous and mad come to mind…