Quality of Life Report

Mental illness can be a devastating illness for anyone; however, it is especially difficult for young adults as it often disrupts their education, career plans and the raising of a young family. The symptoms of psychosis can confuse the mind, disorient perceptions, and unsettle important relationships with family and friends. But there is hope for mental health recovery as schizophrenia and psychosis are treatable and recovery of quality of life is possible when people are able to find the right path to open up options for schizophrenia treatment, support and hope.

The Schizophrenia Society of Canada (SCC) commissioned a Canada-wide survey in 2009 to learn how it can support people living with schizophrenia and their families to recover the best quality of life possible. Through the qualitative and quantitative survey and cross Canada focus groups conducted by our schizophrenia association, 1,086 people with mental health experience shared what quality of life means to them. The results revealed that people living with schizophrenia and their families share similar hopes and frustrations regarding their quality of life.

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