If you include all the important people in their lives—parents, siblings, extended family and friends—that number reaches over 500,000. Chances are you know someone who has been touched by schizophrenia.
There are many misconceptions about schizophrenia—that it makes people violent or that people living with schizophrenia have “split personalities”. These stereotypes and myths about the illness create a label and can lead to discrimination and shame.
The truth is that schizophrenia is a chronic and treatable brain disease.
The illness often starts to surface in the prime of youth — around 15 or 16. It is very important to help people understand the signs and symptoms of schizophrenia and the importance of getting help early. But, stigma often stands in their way—so everyone must be encouraged to fight the stigma associated with schizophrenia by speaking out against myths related to the illness.
The Schizophrenia Society of Ontario (SSO) makes a positive difference in the lives of people, families and communities affected by schizophrenia and psychotic illnesses. Simply put what SSO does is — Educate, Support, Advocate. We launched the Peace of Minds campaign in 2010 to raise awareness, end the false labels attached to this illness and provide all those impacted with schizophrenia with the support they need and deserve.
Remember, all funds help those living with this chronic and treatable disease.