Welcome to our Schizophrenia self-help page. Here we will explore what schizophrenia it, what causes it, treatment and support available and provide advice for family and friends

What is Schizophrenia?

Schizophrenia is a mental health condition which is characterised by a range of symptoms such as:

  • Hallucinations; seeing or hearing things which other people cannot
  • Delusions; strong beliefs which are not based on reality
  • Confused thoughts caused by hallucinations and delusions
  • Changes in behaviour and/or speech patterns

It is estimated that between 1 in 100 people during the course of their lifetime will experience schizophrenia. Most cases of schizophrenia are diagnosed between 15 and 35 years old. The precise cause of schizophrenia remains unknown, although many professionals believe that it is caused by a combination of environmental and genetic factors.

Click below to explore the ‘understanding schizophrenia’ booklet

How does Schizoaffective Disorder differ from Schizophrenia?

If you have schizoaffective disorder, you have schizophrenia in addition to either bipolar disorder, or depression.

Jonny explains how schizoaffective disorder affects him

Click the picture below to access the “understanding schizoaffective disorder” booklet 

What do other people living with Schizophrenia have to say?

Misty shares her battle with schizophrenia and depression



Stephen discusses living with Schizophrenia for 30 years and what the diagnosis means for him 



How can Mind in Bradford help?

Useful Contacts

Hearing Voices Network

Overview: Information and support for people who hear voices
Telephone: 01142 718210


Overview: International community for people who hear voices

Rethink Mental Illness

Overview: Information, advice and support for anyone experiencing mental health problems

NHS Choices - Hallucinations and hearing voices


NHS Choices – Psychosis


NHS Choices – Schizophrenia 


Early Intervention Team (Bradford and Airedale)

Overview: This service is for young people aged between 14 – 35, registered with a GP in Bradford and Airedale, who are experiencing their first episode of psychosis
Address: Early Intervention, Culture Fusion, 125 Thornton Road, Bradford, BD1 2EP
Telephone: 01274 221 021
Opening Hours: Monday – Friday 9am-5pm

Have you checked out our Online Directory? There you will find a vast database of local organisations who offer support and advice across a variety of areas

References (2016). Schizophrenia - Symptoms - NHS Choices. [online] Available at: [Accessed 10 Oct. 2016] (2016). Schizophrenia | Mind, the mental health charity - help for mental health problems. [online] Available at: [Accessed 10 Oct. 2016] (2016). Diagnosis | Mind, the mental health charity - help for mental health problems. [online] Available at: [Accessed 10 Oct. 2016]

YouTube. (2016). Sometimes (I'm schizoaffective)/All Of The Time (I'm human). [online] Available at: [Accessed 10 Oct. 2016]

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