Last Friday, May 24th was National Schizophrenia and Psychosis Awareness Day (NSPAD).

Here are some of the ways BCSS celebrated:

Tabling Events for NSPAD

Regional educators throughout the province held several different events on and around the 24th.

In Terrace, Stephanie set up a table at the Garage Community Centre for their outreach day, and Clara held a book table in Bulkley Valley. In East Kootenay, Bonnie held an event alongside volunteer Sandra, and in the Okanagan Region, Rachael held an event at Vernon Jubilee Hospital. Reasha, our West Kootenay Regional Educator, also hosted an NSPAD event alongside the Castlegar Youth Action Network where youth participated in a tie-dying activity.

Mad Hatters

Catherine and the Vancouver Coastal team held a Mad Hatters event in Maple Ridge that was attended by local politicians, including Bob D’Eith and Dan Ruimy.

Purple Lights

In honour of National Schizophrenia and Psychosis Awareness Day, many monuments across the province lit up purple to show support and awareness for schizophrenia and psychosis. This includes:

  • BC Place (Vancouver, BC) 
  • Bloedel Conservatory (Vancouver, BC) 
  • New West City Hall (New Westminster, BC) 
  • Vancouver Convention Centre (Vancouver, BC) 
  • Vancouver City Hall and Burrard Street Bridge (Vancouver, BC) 
  • BC Legislature (Victoria, BC) 
  • Surrey Civic Plaza (Surrey, BC) 
  • Science World (Vancouver, BC) 
  • Victoria Street Bridge (Trail, BC) 
  • White Rock Pier (White Rock, BC) 
  • Kelowna General Hospital (Kelowna, BC) 
  • World’s Largest Hockey Stick (Duncan, BC)  

Here’s a little of what that looked like:

Film Screening and Panel Discussion

Our Saturday screening of ‘Insanity: The Mental Health Crisis’ by director Wendy Hill-Tout was a success! We had over a hundred people drop by the Rio to catch the movie and subsequent panel discussion.

The documentary inspired a short but insightful discussion between panellists that touched on the challenges, stigmas, and realities faced by families caring for loved ones living with serious mental illnesses.

Catch the panel discussion here:

Beyond the Surface 2024 Panel Discussion

BCSS in the News

We had a great amount of media coverage for National Schizophrenia and Psychosis Awareness Day, including:

Influencer Engagement

We partnered with several mental health and mental illness influencers this week to help share our message. This includes Dr. Justin Puder (@amoderntherapist), Michelle Hammer (, and more.

Did you do anything for National Schizophrenia and Psychosis Awareness Day? Let us know!