reTHiNK Schizophrenia – Media Information and Factsheets

Help us create positive journalism.

As a journalist or media outlet, you play an important role in informing the public about the issues and either reinforcing or changing stigmatising stereotypes. Discover the truth about schizophrenia. The following factual information can help you decrease the fear society holds about this, and other, mental “illness” diagnoses.

Schizophrenia is arguably the most misrepresented diagnosis in the media, with misinformation and sensationalism adding to the false perception that those with an experience of  schizophrenia are violent, have multiple personalities, or cannot recover. 

Research tells us that 46.7% of us will experience mental unwellness in our lifetimes and 1 in 5 of us will experience it each year. Stigma is one of the biggest barriers to recovery from these experiences.

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New Zealand resources:

 – In crisis?  Do you need immediate help? List of national contact numbers for crisis

Mental Health Foundation – Resource & Information Service
The Mental Health Foundation has a free library and information service – available to anyone living in New Zealand. They also have an online shop, where you can access brochures, posters and other resources. Open weekdays 9am – 4.30pm. Phone (09) 300 7030, email for more information.

A to Z Resource Finder – Mental Health Foundation

Health Navigator
NZ-based information on psychosis information and supports.


International resources:

Patient information from the BMJ Group – Schizophrenia

SANE Factsheet & pod cast



Resources in multiple languages:

Here to Help Website
Understanding mental health and substance-use issues and how to get help can be hard for anyone, but it can sometimes be even more difficult to talk about in some cultural communities. That’s why, since 2005, this site has been translating several of our fact sheets for the benefit of people whose primary language isn’t English.

Arabic, Simplified Chinese, Traditional Chinese, English, Farsi (Persian)/ Dari, French, Korean, Punjabi, Russian, Spanish, Japanese, &  Vietnamese

SANE – Fact sheets – in multiple languages

SANE Factsheet – What is Schizophrenia? Includes pod cast on website and access to information pamphlet  translations in  English, Arabic, Chinese (simplified), Chinese (traditional), Greek, Italian, Spanish, Turkish, and Vietnamese explaining the symptoms of schizophrenia in easy language.



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