The impact of a diagnosis of schizophrenia is often devastating; affecting relationships, the ability to work and much more.

People living with a diagnosis of schizophrenia are often disadvantaged, vulnerable and experience high levels of stigma and discrimination. It can affect the way a person thinks, feels and perceives the world. It is important to ensure that the rights and expectations of people living with schizophrenia are maintained and upheld; now an urgent priority.

The purpose of this Charter is to define the rights, expectations and responsibilities for mental health care and treatment from the persons’ perspective.

We, members of organisations representing people diagnosed with schizophrenia, believe that it is essential that people with a diagnosis of schizophrenia are empowered to make informed choices about their care and treatment, and to be aware of their rights and what they can expect when they receive mental health services.

 

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