October 23, 2013

Jonny BenjaminI was diagnosed with schizoaffective disorder almost 6 years ago now when I was 20. I've learnt to manage it to a degree now but it can be incredibly difficult to live with. The paranoia, intrusive thoughts and delusions can be a daily battle at times. It can be a very lonely and exhausting battle too. But for me the biggest and toughest battle of all about having schizophrenia is living with the stigma attached to it.

Most of us who have schizophrenia are not violent or dangerous and yet this is the only thing the public seem to be constantly told about the condition by the media. Take The Sun's recent front page for example: "1,200 Killed By Mental Patients."

In response to that and all the misconceptions out there about schizophrenia, I decided to create this short film to raise awareness and understanding about what it's really like to live with the illness.

There's a culture of fear that exists around schizophrenia now and it's time to show people that those of us with schizophrenia are really just human.

It's time to stop the stigma, it's time to talk.

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