Make a difference in the lives of people in our community
1 in 100 people are affected worldwide by schizophrenia and
onset is usually between the ages of 15-30.
More than 139,000 live in Ontario.
5-13% living with schizophrenia die by suicide.
It’s important to know the signs about this often misunderstood and stigmatized mental illness.
By building supportive communities, we can help people living with schizophrenia live better lives.
With your help, we are able to provide vital programs, education, awareness and advocate for those living with mental illness. Your support makes a difference.
Twitter FeedTweets by peace_of_minds
Stay in Touch
Chelsea was just 12 years old when she started having paranoid thoughts. By age 14, they had become so severe that her mother took her to the hospital where she was diagnosed with anxiety, depression and later, schizophrenia. She didn’t know what it would mean or what kind of future she would have. School became difficult. She would feel anxious, and talking to people and making friends was challenging.
When Chelsea connected with the Schizophrenia Society of Ontario she found a community of support and received a scholarship to finish her education. She has gained confidence and in hopes of inspiring others, now volunteers her time to share her story.
What Is Schizophrenia?
Schizophrenia is a severe mental disorder, characterized by profound disruptions in thinking, affecting language, perception, and the sense of self. It often includes psychotic experiences, such as hearing voices or delusions. It can impair functioning through the loss of an acquired capability to earn a livelihood, or the disruption of studies.
Schizophrenia typically begins in late adolescence or early adulthood. Most cases of schizophrenia can be treated, and people affected by it can lead a productive life and be integrated in society.