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National Schizophrenia and Psychosis Awareness Day 2019

Jun  13 2019

On May 24, 2019, SSO celebrated National Schizophrenia and Psychosis Awareness Day (NSPAD) by shining a light on schizophrenia and psychosis with a media and influencer event at The Richmond in Toronto’s fashion district. The event also marked the society’s 40 years of working towards a brighter, more inclusive future for those living with serious mental illness.

Watch SSO’s Anniversary Video

The event featured interviews and talks from SSO guest speakers including SSO staff and leader, CEO Mary Alberti. In the audience were health, wellness and entertainment industry leaders dedicated to advancing the conversation about mental health, social media influencers, and mental health advocates.

Guests learned about SSO’s advocacy work from Erin Boudreau, SSO’s lead in Advocacy, Policy and  Community Engagement. Tear-filled conversations, and memorable personal experiences were shared by some of SSO’s Speakers Bureau:  Shane Christensen, Linda Monteith-Gardiner, and Michael Prosserman.

In honour of the theme to shine the light on schizophrenia and psychosis and more than 140,000 Ontarians affected by the illness, the Toronto Sign, The CN Tower, and Niagara Falls were all lit purple and green (SSO colours) as a sign of support for SSO, and a way to pay respect to all the bright lives and stories of people impacted by schizophrenia and psychosis in our communities.

To celebrate National Schizophrenia and Psychosis Awareness Day and SSO’s 40 years, SSO was featured in the media, select stories below. We continue to update more SSO in the news in the Media Room section of the website.  

•    Schizophrenia Society of Ontario continues to educate, support, advocate (Stoney Creek News – May 31, 2019)
•    Today is World Schizophrenia and Psychosis Awareness Day (93.3 myFM – May 24, 2019)
•    Schizophrenia Society of Ontario celebrates 40 years (What She Said – May 14, 2019)

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See pictures from the NSPAD Media and Influencer Event