What are Pathways SMIS school presentations?
Consisting of a two-person panel – a person with a psychiatric diagnosis and a family member – each presenter describes their personal, first-hand experience of serious mental illness (SMI).

Storytelling shares the experience of SMI in a moving and direct way and includes a question and answer section.

Where do Pathways SMIS school presentations take place?
These presentations are available to secondary and postsecondary students. Pathways gives special priority to Capilano University and North Shore and Sea-to-Sky high schools.

School presentations are so helpful because they:

  • demystify SMI by providing up-to-date information on their causes and features

  • improve SMI awareness and literacy 

  • spark conversation around how to cope with SMIs within the family and in society

  • encourage thoughtful audience response and participation


In 2020, we:

visited 6 schools
had 9 speakers
and 508 listeners.

Want to have a school presentation at your school?

Please contact our Program Coordinator: programs@pathwayssmi.org or call us at


April 2022 Update: School presentations are currently taking place in person and arrangements can be made to hold them online over Zoom.