Schizophrenia stigma persists

One in four people continue to association schizophrenia with violence, new research from Rethink Mental Illness reveals.

The charity say the public remain “dangerously misinformed” about schizophrenia following a survey of 1,500 people.

The charity's new campaign – ‘Rethink Schizophrenia’ is designed to help everyone to separate the myths from the facts.

The new survey from the charity of 1,500 members of the public found:

  • 50% of people mistakenly think that schizophrenia means you have a ‘split’ personality
  • 26% believe that schizophrenia definitely makes you violent
  • 23% incorrectly think that someone with schizophrenia needs to be monitored by professionals at all times
  • One in 100 people, or around 650,000 adults, have schizophrenia, but almost half of the general public (45%) thought the illness is much less common than this. 

Having schizophrenia can affect the way individuals think and behave. Problems concentrating or remembering, or experience delusions or hallucinations, such as hearing voices, are common.

The new research found that many people are unaware of the inequalities and prejudice that someone living with schizophrenia can face. 

61% didn’t know that someone with schizophrenia will live on average,15-20 years less than the rest of the population.

Full story: Mental Health Today

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