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
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
- MindCheck – Here is an excellent BC-based resource website where youth can learn about mental illness. Some classes explore this site together or assign students to prepare presentations on one aspect of the site.
- Map of the Mind Fields: Managing Adolescent Psychosis – Excellent science-based video from the knowledge network on youth and psychosis, including youth stories, suitable for viewing in class. 56 minutes.
Evidence-based fact sheets on psychosis.
- Supporting Students with Psychosis Return to School – audience – teachers
- What is psychosis
- Cannabis and psychosis
- Mood and psychosis
- Psychosis and depression
- What do I need to know if I have a sister or brother (or friend) with psychosis
- What family and friends need to know when a relative has been diagnosed with psychosis
- More detailed science-based information on what causes psychosis (the stress-vulnerability theory) with examples.
- For Teachers: How to identify and refer students with psychosis, a medical condition of the brain