This week, November 11-17, is the first ever Schizophrenia Awareness Week. Rethink, the charity launching the event, is working to dispel the misinformation surrounding the illness.
Paul Jenkins, Chief Executive of Rethink, notes, “Too often it feels like people only talk about schizophrenia for the wrong reasons, like when a terrible crime takes place. Recent stories in the media fuel stigma and create a totally distorted view of what it’s like to really live with this illness. Here at Rethink Mental Illness, we want to change that. By dedicating a time each year to sharing understanding about the illness, we hope to change the public conversation about schizophrenia.”
Schizophrenia is a psychotic illness, meaning that a schizophrenic person sometimes may not be able to distinguish his or her own thoughts and ideas from reality. The illness is marked by symptoms including hallucinations, delusions, muddle thoughts based on hallucinations or delusions, and changes in behavior.
Rethink Mental Health is seeking to change peoples’ attitudes and perceptions about schizophrenia through this event; additionally, the organization is also encouraging fundraising events to be held in local communities. For more information on Rethink Schizophrenia Awareness Week and to learn how you can get involved, visit: http://www.rethink.org/get-involved/fundraising-events/national-schizophrenia-awareness-week