Additional Learning Resources for Younger Audiences or Extra Study

Additional Learning Resources for Younger Audiences or Extra Study

The ReachOut Psychosis Concert presentation has been designed for youth in grades 10-12, in audience sizes of 300-2000 persons. We are willing to present to grade 8-9 students but recommend additional preparation on the behalf of the classes to be involved, to help students understand the concepts and terminology prior to the presentation.

The following is an overview of concepts that may be helpful to introduce to your younger students so that they will more fully understand the presentation:

Core Concepts / Vocabulary

Genetic vulnerability – the concept of inheriting a predisposition to an illness.  More on genetic vulnerability
Signs and Symptoms  – More information on signs and symptoms

Paranoia – when a person is very suspicious without cause, usually due to a problem with their brain.
Delusions – when a person has strongly held false ideas that they cannot be talked out of logically. Also due to a problem with their brain.
Hallucinations – when a person hears something that isn’t really there (auditory hallucinations) or less frequently sees or feels something that isn’t there.

Environmental Risk factors – when a person has a genetic vulnerability to an illness, there are other things that they might do or might be in their environment (high stress, street drugs, poor nutrition, infections) that make it more likely they will get that illness they have a genetic risk for. A similar example would be diabetes – it can run in your family, but you are at higher risk for getting it if you don’t exercise and eat a lot of sweets.


Your classes might wish to enrich their experience of learning about brain illness / mental illness by using one or more of the following tools. The fact sheets might provide a starting point for study of specific topics in psychosis.

Information Tools  – Interactive

Evidence-based fact sheets on psychosis.

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