Useful websites

South Africa

Mental health, general - with sections on schizophrenia

Mental Health Information Centre – MHIC
www.mentalhealthsa.org.za

The MHIC is part of the MRC Risk and Resilience in Mental Disorders Research Unit, whose researchers at Stellenbosch, Cape Town and North-West Universities focus mainly on anxiety and stress disorders. The MHIC has the broader aim of mental health education and awareness raising for mental health professionals and the public. The section on schizophrenia and other psychotic disorders is useful, although some of the entries are rather old.

International

Mental health, general - with sections on schizophrenia

World Health Organisation – WHO
Mental health section

WHO works with member states and partners to improve the mental health of individuals and society at large. This includes the promotion of mental well-being, the prevention of mental disorders, and efforts to increase access to quality mental health care that respects people’s human rights. Comprehensive site. Authoritative information.

Mind UK
www.mind.org.uk

Mind UK provides advice and support to empower anyone experiencing a mental health problem, and campaigns to improve services, raise awareness and promote understanding. Excellent site. Very user friendly. Good sections on schizophrenia and antipsychotic medication.

NHS UK

www.nhs.uk

The NHS is the UK’s publicly funded health service. Its website is a comprehensive and authoritative source of user-friendly information and advice. Excellent overview of schizophrenia, its symptoms, causes, diagnosis and treatment, and practical tips on living with schizophrenia.

NAMI USA
www.nami.org

NAMI, the National Alliance on Mental Illness was founded in 1979 as a small support group and has grown into the largest grassroots mental health organisation in the USA, with more than 600 branches. It was the inspiration for the formation of Cape Support for Mental Health in 1981. Excellent site. Good sections on family support and schizophrenia. Straightforward language and advice.

Websites for family members supporting loved ones with serious mental illness

Pathways Serious Mental Illness Society Canada
pathwayssmi.org

Pathways SMIS – Families Helping Families – aims to be a centre of support, education, awareness and advocacy for families and others affected by serious mental illness. Informative family-oriented website, good resource library, many online resources orientated to families.

Some other leading mental health websites

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HelpGuide USA
www.helpguide.org

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verywell mind USA
www.verywellmind.com

Schizophrenia and psychosis websites

The CURESZ Foundation USA
curesz.org

Comprehensive Understanding via Research and Education into SchiZophrenia

The CURESZ Foundation offers advocacy, information, advice, as well as educational and supportive resources to enhance the understanding of schizophrenia as a treatable neuropsychiatric illness. A well-organised and very informative website, focusing on helping people with schizophrenia recover.

Living with Schizophrenia UK
livingwithschizophreniauk.org

Living with schizophrenia provides a platform for those living with schizophrenia in the wider sense: sufferers, carers and relatives. Wide-ranging content written by people with lived experience. Useful information sheets on multiple topics.

Schizophrenia.com USA
schizophrenia.com

Schizophrenia.com is a web community dedicated to providing high quality information, support and education to family members, caregivers and individuals whose lives have been impacted by schizophrenia and in speeding the research progress towards a cure. Very busy website, and a bit chaotic, but lots of information.

Schizophrenia & Psychosis Action Alliance – S&PAA USA
sczaction.org

S&PAA’s vision is to see schizophrenia and psychosis spectrum disorders universally recognised and treated as neurobiological brain illnesses. Awareness raising and activist organisation. Interesting content.

Schizophrenia Society of Canada – SSC
www.schizophrenia.ca

SSC’s aim is to build a country where people living with early psychosis and schizophrenia achieve their potential. Focuses on advocacy and education. Informative site. Conveys a positive and supportive outlook. Good for families. Excellent publication Rays of Hope, a reference manual for families and caregivers.

Team Daniel: Running for Recovery from Mental Illness USA
www.teamdanielrunningforrecovery.org

Team Daniel advocates for the controlled and supported early use of clozapine to treat people with  psychotic disorders, including schizophrenia.

High level of involvement from founding physicians Drs Robert and Ann Mandel Laitman. International online participation is possible.

Visit Past meetings section of this website for copy of talk given at FSS October 2023 meeting.