PLAN AN EVENT
A silent disco is where there is no music being played out loud, and, instead, everyone is dancing to the music in their headsets. People who have auditory hallucinations often use music to not only help drown out the hallucinations but also to replace it with something positive. Similar to NAMIWalks, silent discos will be used as SWS’s fundraising and awareness campaign. Additional independently funded silent discos will be encouraged. Individuals can also get involved with a corresponding social media silent disco challenge where the individual is dancing to the music in their headsets and asks the viewers to guess the tune that they are listening to. Like other effective social media challenges such as the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge, participants will nominate others to the challenge and/or ask them to donate to SWS. Footage from the funded silent disco events will help propel this social media movement and spark independent events. Banner signings will also accompany events, and banners will later be hung at high pedestrian traffic areas after the events to maximize their impacts and show community support. Silent disco funding will be prioritized to SWS chapters and collaborating mental health student clubs. Info banners and retractable banners can also be reused in following years this the hopes that the silent disco events can become an annual tradition within the event committees to keep the fundraising, awareness, and conversation about psychosis going in a fun, positive, and highly engaging way.
To help educate individuals about schizophrenia, host a fun and educational Jeopardy-style event. To follow the jeopardy theme, the questions will be in different categories on a traditional jeopardy board format; however, participants will play as teams rather than individuals and the teams will take turns rather than playing with buzzers to promote a more inclusive, less competitive, and lower stress learning environment.
Students are more apt to utilize the resources on their campus or general area if they physically visit the resource at least once. Dependent on the size of the area, students can participate in a traditional scavenger hunt with clues hidden, directing them to the next resource. With larger and denser geographical areas such as New York City, a system similar to passport stamping can be used to keep track of student involvement.
This discussion event is inspired by BBC Three video “Things Not To Say To Someone With Schizophrenia.” This event will continue this discussion in more detail with participants and also add to the event things to say to someone with schizophrenia. It is important to know what not to say to someone with schizophrenia, but it is also important to know what to say to that individual instead.
FACES OF PSYCHOSIS
Due to the negative stigma associated with psychosis, often our students express that they have never met another person open about psychosis before coming to an SWS club meeting/event. By connecting students to guest speakers selected through our Advocacy Board, our students would not only get to meet individuals open about their psychosis and hear their experiences but also get a sense of community, mentorship, and role models. If a guest speaker is selected who is also an Executive Board Member for SWS, then the individual will waive the honorarium fee.
People with psychosis are so often misrepresented in the media. They are often stereotyped and/or solely used for a plot twist to a film or TV show. People with psychosis are more than just the plot twist or their symptoms; they are people first. Having not only accurate but also respectful representations of people with psychosis in the media is imperative because it is often the first place people learn about the condition. These three event series of movie showings will also be accompanied by discussion topics developed by our Advocacy Board. The three movies shown will be A Beautiful Mind, Shutter Island, and The Soloist. Please note that SWS does not promote these movies as ideal examples of characters with psychosis but rather use the movies as starting points for discussion since they are currently the most recognizable films of characters with psychosis for the United States-based audiences. Since SWS does not own the licensing for these films, additional licensing fees will apply.