Mike Young – presenter, bassist
A key part of the ReachOut Psychosis message is the personal story shared by Vancouver musician Mike Young.
For ten years starting in high school, Mike struggled with severe depression, which caused episodes of psychosis. The insight of a friend and bandmate who recognized his symptoms finally led him to seek treatment in 2003. Since his recovery, Mike’s talent and dedication to music have made him one of Vancouver’s most in-demand musicians, splitting his time between electric and upright basses, and keyboards.
Mike has played and toured with the likes of Carly Rae Jepson, Devin Townsend, Jet Black Stare, Ten Ways and Terror Syndrome. His band The Matinee won $50,000 and third place in the 2011 Peak Performance Project, and their upcoming album is already garnering acclaim, including praise from Vancouver Mayor Gregor Robertson who includes The Matinee on his essential Vancouver listening list. Mike’s high caliber of musicianship is recognized through sponsorships with D’Addario strings and Planet Waves cables, and in 2007 he was profiled for Muzik Etc magazine.
Mike has been inspiring BC students with his story since the ReachOut Psychosis program started in 2006. His personal story is made even more impactful through his work with Vancouver homeless at the Raincity cold weather shelters. His experiences there allow him to speak to the long-term harm caused by self-medication and untreated psychosis, giving students a real-world picture of the urgent need to spot and stop psychosis early.