Schizophrenia is a brain disorder that affects the sufferer’s ability to think clearly and decipher fantasy from reality. Common symptoms include hallucinations, hearing voices and delusions.
While there is no cure for Schizophrenia, anti-psychotic medication and therapy can help to alleviate symptoms, and some sufferers recover completely. Part of the treatment often involves getting back into a grounded way of life and a daily routine. It has been revealed that people suffering with the disorder are more than five times more likely to achieve remission if they are in paid employment – proving the urgent need for stable work.
A report by the Work Foundation has said currently only 8% of people with Schizophrenia are in employment, even though the report states many more would like a job. A shocking seven out of 10 people with the condition have said they experience discrimination because of their mental illness.
The report has blamed fear and a lack of understanding from employers as the issue and has called for urgent action from the government. Work Foundation believe that having work as part of the recovery process for those with mental illnesses needs to be prioritised.
Charles Walker, chairman of the all-party mental health group in the Commons has said: “For many people with the condition, having a job can mean a great deal, both economically and socially. We must ensure funding continues so that more people living with schizophrenia can access the workplace and carers can also return to work.”
If you are struggling to cope with Schizophrenia, speaking to a counsellor could help you in your recovery process. For more information, please see our page on Schizophrenia.
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