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CMHA recognizes World Schizophrenia Awareness Day 


CMHA Waterloo Wellington recognizes May 24th as Early Psychosis and Schizophrenia Awareness Day dedicated to supporting individuals living with early psychosis and schizophrenia to reach their full potential. Schizophrenia affects approximately 20 million people around the world. Often, individuals experiencing psychosis, disorientation or hallucination can achieve remission with treatment or find ways of living in harmony with their experience. Others, despite treatment, may still encounter significant impairments in the way they function socially and at work.  

Schizophrenia and early psychosis are medical illnesses that, like other medical illnesses, have variable expression/effects on symptoms, function and response to treatments. Schizophrenia and early psychosis are caused by several different factors; from multiple genetic or environmental factors or from a combination of both. Individuals living with schizophrenia may face unique mental health and addiction challenges.  

To support individuals on Early Psychosis and Schizophrenia Awareness Day, CMHA Waterloo Wellington offers the 1st Step assessment and treatment program for people who are experiencing a first episode of psychosis — an experience where you might have trouble telling the difference between what is real and what isn’t. Referrals are welcome from anyone, including families, doctors and community partners.

Some of the services offered to clients attending 1st Step:

Let’s raise awareness, combat stigma, and support those affected. 

Visit Schizophrenia Society of Canada for more information and for additional resources and guides, please visit: Resources – Schizophrenia Society of Canada

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