World Mental Health Day 2014- “Living with schizophrenia”
World Mental Health Day is observed on 10 October every year, with the overall objective of raising awareness of mental health issues around the world and mobilizing efforts in support of mental health.
The Day provides an opportunity for all stakeholders working on mental health issues to talk about their work, and what more needs to be done to make mental health care a reality for people worldwide.
|My Published Article in Adarsha Samaj National Daily|
What is schizophrenia?
- Schizophrenia is a severe form of mental illness affecting about 7 per thousand of the adult population, mostly in the age group 15-35 years. Though the incidence is low (3-10,000), the prevalence is high due to chronicity.
- Schizophrenia affects about 24 million people wordwide.
- Schizophrenia is a treatable disorder, treatment being more effective in its initial stages.
- More than 50% of persons with schizophrenia are not receiving appropriate care.
- 90% of people with untreated schizophrenia are in developing countries.
- Care of persons with schizophrenia can be provided at community level, with active family and community involvement.