Turning Point responds to The Schizophrenia Commission report

News item posted: 19 June 2017

In response to the report from The Schizophrenia Commission released today, Zelda Peters, Turning Point's Director of Mental Health Services said;

"The Schizophrenia Commission brings a welcome focus to schizophrenia, psychosis and the treatment and quality of care available.

Most people are aware that Schizophrenia is one of the most common serious mental health conditions. However, people might not know that Schizophrenia and psychosis cost society £11.8 billion a year. I agree with the Commission's statement that this could be less if we invested in prevention and effective care.

Turning Point's provision for people with schizophrenia ranges from our community based independent hospitals to support in the community for people living independently. We need to ensure that the support we offer is suited to the individual's specific needs and that there is investment in more dual diagnosis workers and specialist units for those with co-morbid substance misuse and mental health conditions. Progress has been made but we must work together as providers of mental health services to ensure that we continue to improve the services and care available."