Self-Help Advice


Most people who are diagnosed with schizophrenia recover.

A third of people diagnosed only ever have one experience of schizophrenia and a further third have occasional episodes. Others live with schizophrenia to varying degrees throughout their life.

Self-help Groups

Self-help groups provide an important opportunity for you and your family to share experiences and ways of coping, to campaign for better services, or simply to support each other.


It may be important that you avoid too much stress. If you have a job, you may be able to work shorter hours, or to work in a more flexible way. Under the Disability Discrimination Act 1995, all employers must make ‘reasonable adjustments’ to facilitate the employment of disabled people, including those with a diagnosis of mental ill-health.

Alternative therapies

Some people diagnosed with schizophrenia find complementary therapies help them to keep on top of their problems. These might include homeopathy and creative therapies focused on art and poetry. Tai chi, yoga and relaxation techniques can also be of benefit, although it might be a good idea to discuss the possibilities beforehand with a qualified teacher.

Looking after yourself

Recent studies have looked at the possible advantages of improved nutrition for those diagnosed with schizophrenia. Some studies have suggested there are benefits in EPA-rich fish oils that can be found in sardines, pilchards and supplements. Due to the high risk to physical health posed by antipsychotic medication, a generally healthy life style is likely to be beneficial. This might include avoiding too much stress, eating well, and getting sufficient exercise and sleep.


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The Have I Got A Problem website is a free online resource to help people better understand any issues or concerns they may have about mental health or addiction. The website includes resources specifically focused to; general Mental Health, Depression, Stress, Anxiety, Insecurities, Self-harm Schizophrenia, Bipolar, Anger Management, Eating Disorders, Coping, general Addiction, Alcohol, Smoking, Gambling, Drugs, Cocaine, Heroin, Marijuana (Cannabis) Ecstasy, PCP, Mephedrone, Ketamine & Crystal Meth.

The site was created to give the public information to help them understand mental health and addiction issues and to assist people in making better informed decisions about their life and personal choices. was created and is run by 'Advising Communities’, which is a UK registered charity (Charity No. 1061055)


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