Schizophrenia under the spotlight as Camden marks World Mental Health Day
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The impact of schizophrenia will be highlighted in a series of events across Camden today as the borough joins others in London to mark World Mental Health Day.
The annual event serves to bring attention to mental health issues and to remove the stigma surrounding those who are diagnosed with a condition or illness.
This year’s chosen theme, schizophrenia, affects 26million people around the world.
The condition causes a range of different psychological symptoms, including hallucinations, delusions, muddled thoughts and changes in behaviour.
To mark the event, Camden and Islington NHS Foundation Trust (C&I), the borough’s main mental health and substance misuse service, will have an exhibition stall and experts on hand at Morrisons supermarket in Chalk Farm Road, and will open a new art exhibition at Highgate Mental Health Centre this afternoon.
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It has also launched a new Twitter service, @CI_NHS.
Jennie Rowden, counselling psychologist at C&I, said: “People underestimate how many people actually can have a mental health problem.
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“Around one in four people will experience a mental health issue at some point in their lives, so it means that either you or one of your family or friends will need additional help at some point, and that’s where we can help.”
The trust will also try to highlight other issues not normally associated with mental health, such as anxiety, confidence and sleep disorders.
Stressing the importance of early treatment and diagnosis, it has urged residents who nothing something isn’t quite right to get in touch with C&I or speak to their GP.