Schizophrenia affects 1 in 100 people and it is not as uncommon as you think. Our Schizophrenia Awareness Day on the 15th September lifts the lid on the problems faced by people living with the condition and what we can do to break down the stigma and discrimination surrounding this much misunderstood illness.

While public awareness of some mental illnesses has increased, the understanding of schizophrenia has remained stubbornly low over the last decade. Our Schizophrenia Awareness Day in September aims to lift the lid on this much misunderstood condition and to help those affected by the condition the help and support they need. 

In 2012, Rethink Mental Illness commissioned The Abandoned Illness report and it found: 

  • Only 8% of people living with schizophrenia are in employment even though many more would like to work
  • Only 1 in 10 people experiencing schizophrenia are offered access to talking therapy despite it being recommended by NICE
  • People living with schizophrenia still die up to 15-20 years earlier than their peers due to preventable physical health conditions


Read more about schizophrenia

If you or a loved one are living with schizophrenia and would like to tell you story as part of our Schizophrenia Awareness Day, please use visit our share your story page to get in touch. 


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