Schizophrenia Awareness Day


Schizophrenia Awareness Day – May 24th

The Schizophrenia Societies across Canada have come together in a collaborative venture to raise awareness of schizophrenia and psychosis.

Every year on the 24th of May we want to paint the country purple!  We ask that you wear purple to show unity in bringing awareness to schizophrenia, and to show support  for those affected by the illness.

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2012 Events in and around British Columbia:

  1. BC Place in downtown Vancouver will light the exterior of their building in purple on May 24 to support Schizophrenia Awareness Day.
  2. Canada Place will be recognizing Schizophrenia Awareness Day by running a scrolling ticker message on their outdoor HD Screen on the front of the facility from May 15th to May 24th.
  3. Teams of volunteers will be handing out purple tote bags to commuters at various Skytrain stations with literature and swag. Locations: Vancouver City Centre at 7 AM and Commercial Drive at 1 PM
  4. Employees from Mental Health centres in Vancouver will be spotted in Purple on May 24.
  5. Bulkley Valley:
    1. Staff from Bulkely Valley Credit Union in Smithers will be wearing purple on May 24
    2. Hazelton Clubhouse and Mental Health staff will be doing activities in commemoration
    3. The regional coordinator, Clara Donnelly, will also be hosting a Bulkley View (1/2 hour) radio program introducing the concept of “Purple Day.”
  6. Terrace: There will be a free Pizza Lunch at 12 PM and movie “This Beggar’s Description” at 1pm  at the Stepping Stone Centre at 102-4450 Greig Ave. Purple arm bands will also be given out during the event.
  7. Fort Nelson: There will be a display focusing on Schizophrenia at the public Library.
  8. District of Kent will light up the front entrance purple for both Thursday and Friday
  9. Kwantlen Polytechnic University –Surrey and Richmond are going to be playing the “reaching out video” and promoting this on both of their campuses.
  10. Fraser South coordinator, Hardeep Thind, will be attending a Walk in Langley and wearing “walk for mental health” t-shirts with purple writing and have the magnets at table to promote the 2000 + people in attendance.
  11. BCSS Prince George branch:
    1. The regional office of BCSS will be lighting the exterior of the building to purple on May 24.
    2. Volunteers are dying their hair purple.
    3. There will be an open house at the branch

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