Community Education Program

Our Community Education Program works to reduce stigma and misconceptions by busting myths through education and the personal stories of those living with schizophrenia.

Community Presentations

SSA clients living with schizophrenia provide educational presentations to a variety of groups across Alberta. These presenters are employed by SSA through our supportive employment program. 

Each presentation provides information about schizophrenia while program presenters share their personal experiences and challenges, educating the community in order to reduce stigma. Presentations are offered at no cost to students (high school, college, and university level), public employees, first-responders, businesses and more. 

If you are interested in more information or want to book a presentation at no cost, please 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 Night theatre group

Starry Night is a powerful stage performance by actors with lived experience of schizophrenia. The play is offered to conferences and conventions across Alberta to create awareness and combat the many misconceptions associated with the illness. These performers are employed by SSA through our supportive employment program.

Starry Night was written in 1998 by a group of individuals living with schizophrenia. They had all faced intense stigma 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 Night continues to educate, encourage empathy, and impact audiences across Alberta.

For more information or if you are interested in booking a performance, please contact our Provincial Program Director, Wendy Bonertz.

Recording from Starry Night, 2015