ReachOut is developed and delivered by the  BC Schizophrenia Society for  HereToHelp . Funding for this project was provided by BC Mental Health and Addiction Services, an agency of PHSA.

WHAT 

WE DO 

ReachOut is a a one hour assembly presentation full of life-saving information, brain science and music which helps students who may be experiencing psychosis as well identify it in those close to them.

ReachOut is geared to secondary and post-secondary students, starting with teens ages 13 and up.

The sensory-rich, interactive show is designed for seated groups of 300 or more, in an assembly format.

The show is presented by professional performers who have years of experience playing for youth.

It is presented free of charge to school across British Columbia and has also toured to the Yukon Territories

The Focus of ReachOut’s Message

Psychosis affects 3% of the population (6 times more common than diabetes) and the first onset usually occurs between 16 and 25 

Causes of psychosis 

(eg: bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, drug induced psychosis etc.)

What psychosis looks like to someone else (how a person with psychosis might act)

Treatment and early intervention is important to increase the chances of recovery 

Where to go for help, both online and in person

What it might feel like to have psychosis

Basic Symptoms and early warning signs

 

 

ABOUT THE PRESENTATION 

ReachOut started touring lower mainland high schools in the spring of 2005. Through its huge success ReachOut received more funding and sponsors, which has allowed the program to perform all school year long. This extended funding also allowed us to travel through British Columbia to places like Kelowna, Penticton, Vernon, Pemberton, Williams Lake, Prince George and Victoria. 

 

The show is about One hour long, and if necessary it can be lengthened or shortened by 10 – 15 minutes to fit block length. Music is interspersed with learning about psychosis, which are delivered in a fun and interactive way. One of the presenters experienced psychosis during high school and speaks about his experience. There are prize-driven mini quizzes throughout the show to include the audience in our show as much as possible.

 

Reach Out includes an acoustic rock performance by highly regarded professional musicians and comedy performers , and includes a speaker with direct experience of psychosis. Booking these performers and sound crew for a one hour show would normally cost several hundred dollars, but is provided free through the ReachOut program. Throughout the show there are mini quizzes, which are rewarded with prizes from our various Sponsors. 


 

ABOUT OUR AUDIENCE

Reach Out includes an acoustic rock performance by highly regarded professional musicians and comedy performers , and includes a speaker with direct experience of psychosis. Booking these performers and sound crew for a one hour show would normally cost several hundred dollars, but is provided free through the ReachOut program. Throughout the show there are mini quizzes, which are rewarded with prizes from our various Sponsors. 

 

The performance is designed for an assembly audience of 300 seated students or more, and is available free of charge to groups of this size or larger.It is not suitable for situations where there is not a definite start time or where attendance is optional, such as community fairs or health days, as these generally do not meet the minimum audience requirements at any one time. We can present to as large a group as your auditorium can seat.Our performance is designed for 300+ students and our absolute minimum group size is 150 students. Smaller schools or groups are encouraged to contact us to arrange to piggy-back on a nearby presentation in a larger school or for information about our live broadcasts.


 

ABOUT OUR MESSAGE

The goal of ReachOut is to break down barriers that exist around psychosis through music, slam poetry and fun, and to increase the

chances of early intervention.Psychosis is a topic that needs to be addressed in both high schools and universities, purely based on the large amount of misconception and the high prevalence.

 

Psychosis has no borders and affects 3% of the population at some point during their life, which makes it 6 times more common than diabetes! Most experience the first symptoms during high school or early university, and it can be a scary and intimidating time for affected individuals as well as those close to them. 

 

Early intervention is extremely important to increase the chances of full recovery. The earlier individuals receive treatment, the better it is. This is why we are educating young people, their teachers and families on how to spot and stop psychosis early.


 

WHY EARLY INTERVENTION IS CRITICAL

Psychosis is a brain condition that affects a person’s ability to process information from their senses. There is mounting research to show that the sooner youth with symptoms of psychosis receive medical attention the faster and more complete their recovery. Prolonged untreated psychosis can have profound social, employment and health impacts. 

 

More information online at  PsychosisSucks.ca  

 

ReachOut works best when it is offered to the entire student body. This creates a whole school approach, which studies have found to be the most effective way to provide support, timely identification and help for young people affected by psychosis.


INFORMATION FOR 

FAMILIES & TEACHERS

In addition to the school concert for youth, ReachOut also provides resources and information for teachers and parents. Teachers are given resources on psychosis, and information on how to spot and stop this brain condition early. Early medical treatment of psychosis has been shown to be very important to ensuring that young people make a full and speedy recovery. Click here for information and resources for parents, friends, siblings and teachers.All medical information presented has been vetted by our medical advisory committee made up of staff from BC Early Psychosis Intervention clinics. View list of Prescribed Learning Outcomes this program fulfills.”I think the ReachOut Psychosis tour is doing fabulous work, both for promoting early treatment and for reducing stigma.

RENE CORBETT

Mental Health Educator / Clinician

Early Psychosis Intervention Program 

ABOUT HERE TO HELP

The BC Schizophrenia Society is a member of the BC Partners for Mental Health and Addictions Information.  The BC Partners for Mental Health and Addictions Information are a group of seven leading provincial mental health and addictions nonprofit agencies. The seven partners are Anxiety BC, BC Schizophrenia Society, Centre for Addictions Research of BC, Canadian Mental Health Association’s BC Division, F.O.R.C.E. Society for Kids Mental Health, Jessie’s Legacy/North Shore Family Services, and Mood Disorder’s Association of BC.  Since 2003, we’ve been working together to help individuals and families better prevent, recognize and manage mental health and substance use problems. BC Partners work is funded by BC Mental Health and Addiction Services, an agency of the Provincial Health Services Authority. We also receive some additional support from the Ministry of Children and Family Development.  The BC Partners are behind the acclaimed HeretoHelp website. 

Visit them at • www.heretohelp.bc.ca

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