January 2021 Update: Given the current status of the COVID-19 outbreak, Pathways has postponed all School Presentations until further notice. We appreciate your shared concern and respect for our current global situation.

What are Pathways SMIS School Presentations?
Our school presentations, also known as First Hand Stories, consist of a panel of two or three guest speakers – a person with a psychiatric diagnosis, a family member and, when available, a mental health professional. Each presenter describes his or her own personal experience with mental illness.

School Presentations use storytelling to tell the experience of mental illness in a moving and direct way. There is also a Q&A section of the presentation.

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

Why are school presentations so helpful?
– they evoke thoughtful audience response and participation
– they demystify mental illness by providing up-to-date information on the causes and features of mental illness
– they help fight ignorance, prejudice and old Hollywood myths
they help people whose relatives, friends or partners are ill to further understand mental illness
– they open the floor for discussing how to cope with mental illness within the family and in society
– they raise awareness of mental illness

If you interested in having a Pathways SMIS School Presentation at your school, please email or call us: