Health trust wants to break the myths of condition

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DISPELLING the myths of a mental health illness is the focus of an awareness day.

Southern Health NHS Foundation Trust, which runs mental health services in Hampshire, is talking about schizophrenia as part of World Mental Health Day.

Dr Lesley Stevens, director for mental health, said: ‘Tomorrow we’re asking people to think again about schizophrenia, and take a few moments to check the facts.’

Around 13,000 people live with schizophrenia in Hampshire, and the trust said the condition does not mean ‘split personality’.

It can mean lack of motivation, hallucinations or delusions, and can be treated successfully by medication and therapy.