#OTalk – Tuesday 24th May 2022 – World Schizophrenia Day: How You Can Spread Awareness

This #OTalk is hosted by Ruth Hawley

24th May is World Schizophrenia Day.

Psychosis and schizophrenia are mental health problems that affect how a person thinks, feels and behaves. They can make it hard for the person to think clearly and tell the difference between what’s real and what’s not. The person may act differently or lose interest in things and other people.

The main symptoms are called ‘psychotic’ symptoms. These are:

  • hearing voices and sometimes seeing things that are not really there (called a hallucination)
  • believing that something is real or true when it is not (called a delusion); such as, believing they are being watched or having their thoughts monitored.

NICE (2014) defines psychosis and schizophrenia as a major psychiatric disorder (or cluster of disorders) that alters a person’s perception, thoughts, mood and behaviour recognising that each person will have a unique combination of symptoms and experiences.

Schizophrenia Awareness Day is practiced on a global scale to break down the stigma and prejudice that affect individuals with these experiences.

Questions that will be discussed during the #OTalk are:

1. What’s your awareness of schizophrenia/ psychosis? And where has this come from?

2. Can you share any good educational resources that you aware of in relation to schizophrenia or psychosis?

3. Do you think people with schizophrenia/ psychosis experience any stigma?  Does choice of language used influence this?

4. How could you/ have you challenged stigma about schizophrenia/ psychosis?

5. What role do you think social media plays or could play in awareness around schizophrenia/psychosis?

NICE (2014) Psychosis and schizophrenia in adults: prevention and management.  Available at: https://www.nice.org.uk/guidance/cg178/resources/psychosis-and-schizophrenia-in-adults-prevention-and-management-pdf-35109758952133 (Accessed 20th April 2022)

Post Chat

Host:  Ruth Hawley

Support on OTalk Account: @HelenOTUK

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HCPC Standards for CPD.

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