Schizophrenia Awareness Week 2015

Schizophrenia Awareness Week 2015


A lot of us get dismissed… Loony, round the twist Nutter …weirdo Schizo, or psycho I chose the plain white makeup because I feel
a lot of us are invisible I’ve chosen a black hole because I believe
people see them as scary, uncertain things People assume that I have a split personality I was hearing voices that were telling me that I was worthless I saw things on the television that weren’t there Thinking that my friends would be involved in a conspiracy against me You just feel fearsome and afraid Really, really scared and frightened Angry…frustrated Just completely confused. I spoke to my mum
and I said ‘Mum there’s something wrong with me. I left university and lived with my parents for ten years. If I’d had therapy and had
people to listen, I think that would have made a lot of difference to recovery. I didn’t feel I had an easy and straightforward access to the right care It was very difficult to try and access that support
and because of that I been iller for longer I spent years in asylums not getting the right help With my new medication I feel much more energetic I manage my illness with talking therapies and with the support of my family and friends Mindfullness techniques, I also do physical fitness Talking therapy, medication and also regular appointments with my GP Some of the things I value are the BA I got from the Open University I am running my own business,
and I teach at two universities My job means that I can help other people suffering with mental health difficulties I am a mum to a little boy and he is 14 months old You can end up in a happy place If you get access to the right medication
and support sooner, it’s possible to live a normal life I have good days and bad days still, but it’s a matter of getting to that support sometimes that makes the difference My name is Alice. I’m an artist My name is Paul. My job title is a peer support My name is Sonia. I’m a working mum My name is Andrew. I now campaign
to help others with mental health issues.