ReachOut performed live to webcast May 22nd 2015. The recording from the 2015 broadcast is below.
What is ReachOut?
The ReachOut Psychosis Concert Tour is an award-winning entertaining educational program that teaches youth how to identify symptoms of psychosis and where to obtain qualified medical help for this brain condition. Early medical treatment for psychosis has been shown to greatly improve outcomes for this brain condition affecting 3% of youth 16-25. We perform live across BC for assembly audiences of 300+ (free of charge) but are now available for viewing online, in either live or recorded format with an opportunity for follow-up questions and connection with the performers via Skype.
- Book ReachOut to perform live at your secondary school to an assembly
- Information on watching the recordings with Skype follow up
- What is ReachOut?
- Why is early psychosis intervention so important?
- Core concepts and vocabulary
- Additional study resources
Your class can watch the recording and schedule a live Skype call afterward with a performer.
Your computer or tablet will need internet access and speakers to hear the sound, but that’s it. If your school or class is planning to watch it together, we’d love to know about it for our stats/funder (email firstname.lastname@example.org), and if you register with us (at the above email), we can make ourselves available to take questions via twitter or Skype by appointment.
Why is early psychosis intervention so important?
Early medical treatment for psychosis has been shown to greatly improve outcomes for this brain condition affecting 3% of youth 16-25. 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. 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.
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.
What else can we do to enrich the material?
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. We have also posted post evidence-based educational tools for your students below, including an online self-test and other resources, which you can use beforehand or as follow up study on brain health.
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.
For young people:
- What is psychosis
- 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.
- Substance use and psychosis