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Early Psychosis and Schizophrenia Awareness Day - May 24, 2024

May 24 - Early Psychosis and Schizophrenia Awareness Day
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May 24 is Early Psychosis and Schizophrenia Awareness Day. Reducing public misunderstanding and fear of the disease, through advocacy days like World Schizophrenia Day, can help to reduce stigma and offer support to persons living with mental illness (Health Canada).  

About Schizophrenia

Schizophrenia is a brain disorder that disturbs the way people think, feel and understand the world around them. While the exact causes of schizophrenia are still unknown, it is believed the illness is caused by a biochemical imbalance, triggered by environmental factors. 

Signs of schizophrenia usually begin in the late teenage years or early adulthood and can include withdrawal, mood swings, sleep disturbances, visual and auditory hallucinations, paranoias and more. Learn more about signs and symptoms. Learn more about the signs and symptoms

The disorder can be chronic, severe and disabling, however treatment options are available and usually consists of medication and psychosocial interventions. Some people with schizophrenia achieve high levels of recovery and others require ongoing medication, treatment and support.

How to access care for Psychosis/Schizophrenia

Ontario Shores' treatments are informed by Quality Standards

Ontario Shores is committed to providing  the highest-quality, evidence-based care to our patients living with schizophrenia. To that end, care delivery is informed by Ontario Health’s (previously Health Quality Ontario) Quality Standards – documents that outline for patients and clinicians what quality care looks like. 

In 2016, Ontario Shores adopted Ontario Health’s Quality Standards for Schizophrenia (Care for Adults in Hospital), followed in 2021 by the Standards for Schizophrenia Care in the Community

Also, in 2021 Ontario Shores launched the Schizophrenia Quality Standards Implementation Institute. The Institute provided enhanced leadership and customized support for organizations implementing statements from the Quality Standards. 

Through the Institute, Ontario Shores’ Quality Standards team members worked with partner organizations to review their current practices, and support change management to integrate the quality statements into workflow and develop documentation that is built directly into their EMRs (where applicable) in order to be able to measure and monitor adherence. A total of 14 acute care, tertiary care and community mental health agencies participated in the Institute, with representation from across Ontario.

Demonstration Project - In Partnership with Mental Health Commission of Canada

Schizophrenia Quality Standards National Demonstration Project

Building on the successes and feedback acquired through the Implementation Institute, Ontario Shores partnered with the Mental Health Commission of Canada (MHCC) in 2023, to launch an 18-month, national-level demonstration project to expand Schizophrenia Quality Standards implementation support to organizations across Canada. The goal of the project is to improve care and treatment for people in Canada living with schizophrenia. 

Please visit our project page or or visit the MHCC website  for more information on how Ontario Shores is sharing our expertise in schizophrenia care with partners across the country.


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