In a national series of events, our commission gathered evidence from over 80 experts. Personal testimonies and case presentations helped answer our principal question- what works well and what needs to change? We listened to health practitioners, academics, policy makers and those with lived experience of schizophrenia talk candidly about current practice and support. 2,500 more responded to our survey online.


What we heard

Key evidence submitted to the commission included:

  • People with severe mental illness such as schizophrenia still die 15-20 years earlier than other citizens
  • Schizophrenia and psychosis cost society £11.8 billion a year but this could be less if we invested in prevention and effective care
  • Only 1 in 10 of those who could benefit get access to true CBT (Cognitive Behavioural Therapy) despite it being recommended by NICE
  • Only 8% of people with schizophrenia are in employment, yet many more could and would like to work
  • Families who are carers save the public purse £1.24 billion per year but are not receiving support, and are not treated as partners
  • 87% of service users report experiences of stigma and discrimination
  • Services for people from African-Caribbean and African backgrounds do not meet their needs well. In 2010 men from these communities spent twice as long in hospital as the average

London, 10th January (am)

The first Schizophrenia Commission event was held at The Imperial War Museum in London on the 10 January 2012. Below are testimonies from some of the morning speakers; Andrew gives a personal perspective about his experiences of living with schizophrenia, and  Georgina shared her view of her son’s journey to independence. See material from the afternoon session here   …

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mike owen

London, 10th January (pm)

The first Schizophrenia Commission event was held at The Imperial War Museum on 10 January 2012. Below you will find material from the afternoon session including presentations from our speakers. You can also see material from the morning session, which includes videos of our lived experience speakers. Afternoon speakers: Professor Mike Owen – Rethinking causes and concepts. Professor Owen talked …

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Manchester, 21st February (am)

In February, we held a public event at Manchester University where alongside an audience we heard evidence from people with lived experience, family members, healthcare professionals and researchers discussing current practices of treatment, care and support - what works well, what needs to change?  In the morning  we heard from  Anthony Scally and Ros Bentley, they spoke about their experiences of the mental health system, and …

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Manchester, 21st February (pm)

In February we visited an art therapy recovery pathway programme. We held an event at Manchester University with scientists discussing latest research on schizophrenia. We also attended at dinner at the Town Hall with guests including commissioners, NHS Trust management, NICE, BME network, local MIND and Royal College of Psychiatrists.   Finally, alongside a public audience we heard evidence from people …

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Peer Support

London, 21st March

On March 21st 2012 we held an event at The Kings Fund in London where we heard from people with direct lived experience of schizophrenia or psychosis. People travelled from all over the country to share their experiences, and we are grateful that we  heard  views from a diverse group of people. There were group discussions with the commissioners about what works …

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fruit bowl

History of Schizophrenia Seminar

Commissioners Professor Sir Robin Murray and Dr. Alison Brabban discuss  the progress that has been made in  diagnosis and treatment over the past 100 years.  Recent developments of the bio-psycho-social understanding of  schizophrenia and psychosis, and the opportunity to improve standards of treatment and support for people experiencing psychosis are considered. Dr Brabban talked about the treatments …

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Events press releases

RELEASED THURSDAY 8 March 2012 Mental health professionals asked to contribute their views to wide-ranging commission on schizophrenia and psychosis Mental health professionals (GPs/nurses) are being asked to contribute to one of the largest ever reviews of the state of care for people affected by schizophrenia and psychosis and encourage their patients to do the …

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