Schizophrenia is a serious mental illness that affects the way people think and act. When people have schizophrenia they may lose touch with reality and experience hallucinations (seeing things and hearing voices that aren’t there).
These things are called psychosis. They only happen at the time the person is unwell with the illness. It is uncommon for people to be unwell all of the time.
To find out more about schizophrenia or get support, visit the websites below.
The Ministry has funded free access to this British Medical Journal website for people browsing the web from New Zealand.
Mental Health Foundation
The Mental Health Foundation provides free information and training, and advocates for policies and services that support people with experience of mental illness.
The Health Navigator NZ website helps you find reliable and trustworthy health information and self-help resources.
Supporting Families in Mental Illness New Zealand
A support organisation for the family and whānau of people with a major mental illness such as schizophrenia.
Health Talk Online
A website featuring video interviews with people on various health topics.