THE Mental Illness Fellowship of Western Australia in Midland is running a new awareness campaign to break down barriers for people with severe mental illness.
People with schizophrenia struggle to get the services they need, experience ongoing stigma and discrimination, and are among the most economically and socially marginalised people in Australia.
It’s a national tragedy that the average life expectancy of someone with schizophrenia is just 54 years old.
We estimate that less than 50 per cent of people who have schizophrenia are getting clinical or recovery assistance.
Even less are seeking or receiving treatment for chronic physical health conditions.
This is precisely why we ask readers to reach out. If you or someone you know has schizophrenia, we are here to help.
The Mental Illness Fellowship of Australia has a free service to help readers everywhere. All people need to do is ring 1800 985 944 or visit minetworks.org.au.
It is time we busted the myths that surround schizophrenia – like the idea that people with schizophrenia never recover, that people with schizophrenia have multiple personalities, or that they are dangerous.
The reality is that many people with schizophrenia successfully manage their symptoms, and can live a meaningful and fulfilling life. Recovery is possible.
We urge people living with schizophrenia to reach out to us and access our services, join our peer networks, and get involved in our community activities.
We are also here to support and offer our thanks to the huge network of families and carers, who work to build an inclusive society for the ones they love.