Living With Schizophrenia

LWS Speaking Out

Schizophrenia and Cancer

Speaking Out Posted: Friday, September 1st, 2023

It has long been known that people with schizophrenia in particular and serious mental illness (SMI) in general will die at a much younger age than their colleagues in the general population and deaths from cancer form a large part of this disparity.  Although people with serious mental illness are no more likely to suffer […]

Out of Area Placements

Posted: Friday, July 28th, 2023

In recent reports, the Royal College of Psychiatrists, the UK body which regulates and represents psychiatrists working in this country, has highlighted the continuing national scandal of adult patients suffering with mental ill health being sent out of their local area for treatment due to a lack of inpatient psychiatric beds in the locality: a […]

Schizophrenia and heat related deaths

Summer background, wonderful blue sky with bright sun and clouds Posted: Wednesday, April 26th, 2023

Recent reports in both the mainstream press and the academic literature coming out of Canada and the US have strongly indicated that people with schizophrenia are at an increased risk of death from heat-related illness during heat waves and other periods of excessive hot weather. And, with summer just around the corner, people living with […]

Schizophrenia is a Major Cause of Homelessness

Homelessness Posted: Thursday, December 15th, 2022

With the onset of the cold weather our thoughts may quite justifiably turn to those people who are experiencing homelessness at this time of year. There has been a recent trend to try to associate homelessness with social factors but it is vital that we do not allow these social considerations to cloud what we […]

Shortage of Doctors in the NHS

shortage-of-doctors Posted: Thursday, November 24th, 2022

For people suffering from serious mental health conditions like schizophrenia and receiving care by the British National Health Service one of the biggest frustrations is often the length of time it takes to get to see a doctor both at the level of the general practitioners locally and at the specialist level like psychiatrists and […]