Tour raises awareness about psychosis, mental illness

ReachOut Psychosis will tour high schools and middle schools on Vancouver island from April 15 to 18.

ReachOut Psychosis will tour high schools and middle schools on Vancouver island from April 15 to 18, including a presentation April 16 at Mark Isfeld Secondary in Courtenay.

The tour raises awareness about psychosis and mental illness. ReachOut Psychosis makes this message meaningful to B.C.’s youth with free school presentations.

By identifying psychosis as a serious, but treatable medical condition of the brain this program works to help youth and their friends and teachers recognize it early and get effective help.

If properly diagnosed at early stages, medical treatment has the ability to not just turn young lives around, but to save lives. Teen suicide statistics related to youth mental illness are staggering.

Performances by the popular Vancouver band Proud Animal and comedy by Barbara Adler are interspersed with playful interactive psychosis information and tons of prizes from our sponsors to help educate young people about psychosis. Mike Young from the band speaks personally about how psychosis affected his life.

ReachOut is a dynamic and highly effective performance touring the province since 2005, performing in gyms and auditoriums to more than 22,000 students annually.

ReachOut is a program of the BC Schizophrenia Society and HereToHelp. The presentation provides resources and information for friends, siblings, teachers and parents.

— ReachOut Psychosis