The Global Alliance of Mental Illness Advocacy Networks-Europe (GAMIAN-Europe) has released a new Schizophrenia guide informed by first-hand experiences of patients and carers.
The Schizophrenia Companion Guide II has been designed to provide practical advice to people with schizophrenia, and their caregivers, friends and family. It includes tips at the end of each section on how to manage a variety of situations that commonly arise.
The information used for this companion guide is based entirely on first hand experiences of people diagnosed with schizophrenia, along with carers, relatives and friends and it describes how they have learned to manage and live with this condition. These experiences were gathered through an online survey carried out in 2020.
This guide is a follow on from the first Schizophrenia Companion Guide produced by GAMIAN-Europe in 2016 which provides a comprehensive overview of schizophrenia, including symptoms and treatment. Even though there is some overlap with the first guide, the current guide includes more personal experiences of people diagnosed with schizophrenia, carers, friends and family; their discoveries and the strategies they used as part of their journey.