For Schizophrenia Awareness Week 2015 (5th – 10th October), Rethink Mental Illness has created a powerful short film exploring the stories of four people with schizophrenia.
The video has attracted over 18,500 views on YouTube and has already reached 238,680 people through Facebook.
Rethink said on its YouTube channel:
“1 in 100 people experience schizophrenia. Many face discrimination, and don’t have access to the right support. We’re fighting to change that.
“In our video for Schizophrenia Awareness Week 2015, we asked four people with experience of the illness to tell us their stories. We asked them how the world sees you when you have schizophrenia.
“Their responses are heartfelt, shocking and inspiring. Above all they send a clear message: with the right support, a better life is possible.
But mental health services are severely underfunded. Too many people have to wait too long to get “the care they need. Rethink Mental Illness is fighting to change this, and with your help, we can.
“Share our video, donate what you can and join our campaign at http://www.rethink.org/letsrethink”
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According to the charity, new data has shown that long waits and inadequate care is negatively affecting the lives of 89 per cent of those with schizophrenia.
“Inadequate care has had a negative knock on effect on symptoms, overall health, work, relationships and quality of life,” it said.
The charity is “continuing its fight” for fair funding for mental health services, and is calling on Clinical Commissioning Groups to increase spending on mental health services in line with NHS guidelines.
Mark Winstanley, CEO at Rethink Mental Illness said:
“Schizophrenia affects 1 in 100 ordinary people like you and I. It’s not a rare illness at all and what’s often misunderstood is that people with schizophrenia, schizoaffective disorder and psychosis can lead a normal life if they get the right support.
But as our survey shows, far too many people are not getting that, and that’s having a very real and devastating impact on the day to day things most of us take for granted. Work, studying, relationships, a social life, keeping fit and healthy – everyone has a right to live the lives they want to lead, so why are so many with schizophrenia telling us they feel rejected from society, isolated, and having to fight battle after battle to get the right support?
“Mental health services are underfunded and overstretched, and this is resulting in people spiraling deep into a world where they feel they can’t lead anything close to a normal life.
“By 2020, we want England to have a mental health care system that is fairly funded according to local and national need, delivering high quality mental health care, at the time and place that people need it.”
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