Schizophrenia – Time to Commit to Policy Change 2024

With this report we hope to build a collaborative platform to share insights and build valuable connections for mental health policy in schizophrenia. It has been developed in collaboration with experts: Silvana Galderisi, Davi Kaur, Peter Kéri, Belinda Lennox, Stephen Marder, David McDaid, Tina Matthews Hayes, Sabine MULLERSabine, Fiona Nolan, Merete Nordentoft, Pavalkis Dainius, John Saunders and Tomiki Sumiyoshi with support from H. Lundbeck A/S and Boehringer Ingelheim International GmbH.

Schizophrenia is recognised as one of the most complex and profound mental health conditions, steeped in both myth and reality. In 2014, when we first engage on mental health policy, it was seen as a stagnant field. More recently, as a reaction to scientific development, Covid-19, the war in Ukraine and an increased recognition of the societal impact from mental health in the workplace there been a resurgence in mental health policy’s prominence. The question is if the effort will also encompass what needs to be done in the area of severe mental illness? The approach is no doubt more complex. The effort needs to be multifaceted, including policy development, treatment guidance and scientific innovation, working together to ensure meaningful progress. This report delves into the unique needs of people with schizophrenia, exploring supportive measures for their well-being. While it may be too late for some, it is never too late to initiate change. This is underscored by our practical and attainable recommendations for change. The message to all nations, policy makers, payers and healthcare professionals is clear: strive for excellence, but most importantly – start somewhere!

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