The Abandoned Illness: A report by the Schizophrenia Commission

The Abandoned IllnessThis report, published by The Schizophrenia Commission, proposes priority actions to transform the lives of those affected by schizophrenia and psychosis.

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The reports proposes a range of actions including:

  • A radical overhaul of poor acute care units including better use of alternatives to admission like recovery houses to manage the transition between hospital and community services
  • Greater partnership and shared decision making with service users – valuing their experiences and making their preferences central to a recovery focused approach adopted by all services
  • Better prescribing and a right to a second opinion on medication involving, where appropriate, a specialist pharmacist
  • Extending general practitioner training in mental illness to improve support for those with psychosis managed by primary care
  • Extending the popular Early Intervention for Psychosis services (not cutting or diluting)
  • Increasing access to psychological therapies in line with NICE guidelines
  • Delivering effective physical health care to people with severe mental illness
  • A stronger focus on prevention including clear warnings about the risks of cannabis
  • Action to address inequalities and meet the needs of all disadvantaged groups
  • A better deal for long-term carers who should be treated as partners
  • Greater use of personal budgets, particularly for those with long-term care need
  • Psychiatrists must be extremely cautious in making a diagnosis of schizophrenia as it can generate stigma and unwarranted pessimism