Community Education

Our Community Education Program reduces stigma and misconception by busting myths and sharing the real stories of those living with schizophrenia.


Community Presentations

SSA clients that are successfully managing their illness are trained to give free educational presentations to a variety of groups across Alberta. These presenters are paid for their time and expertise as part of our supportive employment program. 

Presentations are regularly given to students (high school, college, and university level), public employees, first-responders, businesses and more. 

Each presentation provides information about the illness (symptoms, support options and recovery). Program presenters share their real stories and personal experiences, challenging common misconceptions about schizophrenia. 

To book a presentation or learn more, contact your local branch.

Nearly all presentations to school groups result in a student recognizing symptoms in him or herself and receiving early intervention.

Starry, Starry Night theatre group

Starry, Starry Night is a powerful stage performance performed by actors with lived experience. These performers are employed by SSA through our supportive employment program and are successfully managing their illness.

Starry, Starry Night was written in 1998 by a group of individuals living with schizophrenia. They all had faced intense stigma and misconception from the community, but they knew that if people could get a glimpse at how it feels to live with schizophrenia, they could change their hearts and minds. 

Hundreds of performances later, Starry, Starry Night continues to educate, encourage empathy, and impact audiences across Alberta.

 

Recording of Starry Starry Night, 2015


The play is not just educational and impactful for audiences, it’s also part of the healing process, as performers get to share their story and speak their truths. Every performance is truly recovery in action.

Starry Starry Night is an extraordinary performance by extraordinary
individuals. Each performer, past and present, brings new insight, courage
and hope to all who are touched by schizophrenia.

Please contact the Calgary Branch for more information.

Community education and support programs are funded in part by

 
 

Lift Interactive

Lift Interactive, 10139 81 Street Northwest, Forest Heights, AB, T6A 3K6