Richmond Foundation and Hearing Voices Malta are launching a national campaign aimed at increasing awareness and education about psychosis, called #myreality.
The campaign will be running for the next six to twelve months. It aims to put psychosis at the forefront of public discussion, since psychosis and psychotic disorders such as schizophrenia remain some of the most stigmatised and misunderstood psychiatric conditions. Research shows that such stigma tends to act as a barrier for those going through the experience.
Topics discussed during the campaign will range from what psychosis is, to its causes and treatment, and how to support someone diagnosed with psychosis. It will also address myths and misconceptions about psychosis.
Richmond Foundation’s Chief Operations Officer, Daniela Calleja Bitar, stated that people who live with psychosis deserve all the understanding and support they can get. The Chairperson of Hearing Voices Malta, Paulann Grech, also stated that psychosis is not just a mental illness, but another reality, a different way of ‘being’.