Every year on May 24th, National Schizophrenia and Psychosis Awareness Day is celebrated to raise awareness about schizophrenia and other serious mental illnesses, such as psychosis, which affects approximately 1 out of 100 people in British Columbia, and 3 out of 100 people are affected by psychosis, with onset typically occurring in late adolescence or early adulthood.

The British Columbia Schizophrenia Society (BCSS), a non-profit organization dedicated to supporting those affected by schizophrenia and their families, is inviting businesses and organizations to participate in this important cause by lighting up landmarks in purple and wearing purple shirts or accessories on May 24th, symbolizing their support for individuals living with schizophrenia and related mental illnesses. By embracing the #LightUpInPurple movement and sharing pictures on social media with hashtags like #PurpleforSZ and #BCSS, we can amplify our collective voice and promote understanding, while breaking the stigma associated with these conditions.

Through the illumination of prominent landmarks across British Columbia, including BC Place, the Vancouver Convention Centre, and the BC Legislature, among others, we aim to ignite conversations, foster empathy, and increase awareness of mental health issues. By engaging in this meaningful gesture, British Columbia demonstrates its commitment to promoting mental well-being and advocating for a society that embraces and supports individuals living with schizophrenia and related disorders.

In addition to lighting up landmarks, individuals and organizations can further contribute to National Schizophrenia and Psychosis Awareness Day by leveraging social media platforms to share information from BCSS platforms, organizing events, and advocating for increased resources and support for those affected by schizophrenia and related mental illnesses. Together, we can work towards a more compassionate and inclusive society where everyone receives the understanding, care, and support they deserve.

Landmarks lighting up in purple on National Schizophrenia and psychosis awareness day

To learn more about the BC Schizophrenia Society’s efforts and find guidance on requesting purple lights for landmarks on National Schizophrenia and Psychosis Awareness Day, please contact communications@bcss.org. Let us join forces, educate others, and stand together in solidarity to raise awareness, promote understanding, and support individuals and families affected by schizophrenia and other mental illnesses.