One in 100 - Schizophrenia can affect people of all races, cultures, socio-economic groups and occurs equally in men and women.
Symptoms~Schizophrenia is a mental illness characterized by profound disruptions in thinking, affecting language, perception and sense of self.
- Typically begin between the ages of 15 and 30.
- Psychosis such as hearing voices or delusions
- Difficulty concentrating, paranoid behavior and unusual disruptions
- Altered perception of themselves, others and the world around them
- Disruption in thinking
- Withdrawal from friends or family and seemingly depressed
- Lack of energy and being unable to sleep
- Affected language
Schizophrenia is a treatable mental illness.
Access to timely treatments and supports can help people live full and healthy lives, including paid or volunteer work, fulfilling relationships and good mental health. When people have challenges accessing the care they need or experience stigma, their risks for poor mental health increase:
- 4X more likely to be victims of violent crimes
- 20% shorter lifespan
- Often report hostility, fearful attitudes, stereotypes and insensitivity from others
- Many young people have to discontinue their education
- 15% are employed in Canada, often paid less and hold fewer full time positions
There is help. People can and do get better with the help of:
- Family and friends
- Community based services, social and peer supports, counselling and crisis services
- Doctors, medications and hospitals
- Healthy lifestyle, exercise and healthy eating
- Employment and education
- Supportive Housing
Impact on Caregivers:
- 67% of caregivers who responded to a National Survey of Schizophrenia Society of Canada members reported that caregiving had negatively impacted their emotional health.
- 75% of respondents expressed some difficulties coping with their caregiving role, with 1 in 10 expressing regularly overwhelmed and stressed out.