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National Schizophrenia and Psychosis Awareness Day 2016

On May 24, Schizophrenia Societies from across Canada will mark National Schizophrenia and Psychosis Awareness Day (NSPAD). On this day we encourage people to raise awareness, talk and learn about schizophrenia and psychosis to reduce stigma and discrimination. 

On NSPAD we encourage people to:
  • Increase awareness of schizophrenia and psychosis across Canada by telling the stories of individuals and families who live with the illness every day.
  • Reduce the stigma associated with schizophrenia and psychosis and encourage people to get the facts about the illness.
  • Participate in events and donate to their provincial Schizophrenia Society.
1% of Canada’s population lives with schizophrenia and approximately 3% of the population will experience a psychotic episode during their lifetime. With proper treatment and support, individuals and their family and friends can and do live happy, fulfilling lives. Better public education about the illnesses can help encourage early diagnosis, treatment and recovery. Share your stories. Get the facts. 

Take the time today to register for the remaining Peace of Minds Walks taking place in St. Catharines, Guelph, Oakville, Toronto and Ottawa

SSO provides services for families and individuals living with mental illness, helping to navigate the system and understand schizophrenia and psychosis. If you’re looking for support, get your questions asked by contacting the Ask the Expert line. Find out more about our programs and services on our website.