'Schizophrenia' is a term used to describe a mental health condition that can impact on a person’s perception of reality and their behaviour. It affects about 1 in every 100 people in Australia. Schizophrenia is most often diagnosed by a psychiatrist (a doctor who specialises in understanding mental distress), who uses the diagnosis in deciding on the most effective treatment.
Sometimes it can be hard to know what to do to support someone. You may feel stressed or scared you'll say the wrong thing.
Remember your main role in YourCrew is to listen, acknowledge and communicate support. That can mean calling a professional service such as Kids Helpline or, in an emergency, calling 000They can also guide you on what to do.
If you are under 18 years, you can also reach out to an adult or your Crew to help you support someone.