What do I need to have in my presentation?

All presenters are provided with assistance by the program coordinator when developing their presentations.

People living with schizophrenia and related disorders must have a general insight into their illness and recovery. Presenters directly affected by mental illness must give examples of specific symptoms, challenges, stigma, treatment and steps they’ve taken towards recovery.

Family members of people with living with mental illness provide similar examples that their loved one(s) faced when dealing with mental illness and share how they were personally affected as a caregiver to a relative with schizophrenia or related psychosis.  The audience can therefore learn to understand how parents, children, spouses, siblings and other relatives are affected when a loved one has a mental illness.

Mental health professionals provide the audience with the general facts on schizophrenia and mental illness and they make their presentation relevant to the specific audience they are speaking to.  An outline for mental health professionals is provided by our agency.  Health care workers are encouraged to use personal examples from their work in their presentation. The audience is there to learn specifically about schizophrenia and related disorders so your presentation needs to incorporate current facts and statistics.

The Partnership Program promotes sobriety from drugs and alcohol and asks that our presenters encourage this. We want the public to be aware that drugs and alcohol use are a major trigger for schizophrenia and other mental illnesses.

All presenters are expected and encouraged to be respectful team players.  All presenters are asked to conduct themselves in a positive and professional manner when presenting with our team in public.

People living with mental illness are not expected to do more than they can.  Presenters are allotted breaks when and if symptoms resurface so they can seek further treatment and our program directs clients with mental illness to the appropriate support services in their community.

Clients, family members, and health care professionals can make whatever time commitment that suits them to our program.

Presenters living with schizophrenia and related disorders are considered volunteers but are provided an honorarium of $35 each time they present. Family members and health care professionals are not provided an honorarium but any incurred costs (parking and travel) are reimbursed by our program.