April 11th World Schizophrenia Day


At the entrance of PAU Hospital Polyclinic, April 11 World Schizophrenia Day was celebrated with a painting exhibition, a music concert and a bazaar organized by the clients of the Community Mental Health Center (CMHC) and the products made by the clients were exhibited.

PAU Hospitals Community Mental Health Center responsible physician Assoc. Prof. Dr. Ayşenur İnci Kenar explained that schizophrenia is a mental illness that affects people throughout history, usually lasts a lifetime, affects the emotions, thoughts and behaviors of the person, detaches from the real world and the person becomes introverted, interpersonal relationships and functionality are impaired. Assoc. Prof. Dr. Kenar said, "Today, we organized a series of activities with our Community Mental Health Center clients to draw attention to the awareness of schizophrenia on World Schizophrenia Day. Schizophrenia affects the lives of not only patients, but also their families and people close to them. People with schizophrenia may have problems finding work or taking care of themselves and need help from other people. The vast majority of people with schizophrenia are not dangerous or violent. There is unconscious prejudice, stigmatization and discrimination against this disease in society. We aim to break this prejudice with the event we organized here today. Schizophrenia is a treatable disease, not a person's identity. It should not be forgotten that individuals diagnosed with schizophrenia, who take their medication regularly and go to periodic doctor's check-ups, and therefore are no different from the people we call "normal", should be in life, have a job, and live with everyone in society. People with schizophrenia are individuals who live in harmony with appropriate support and treatment. Ignoring these patients and their families, pushing them out of society disrupts their treatment and social cohesion. Socialization, getting involved in life is one of the most important treatments. Excluding these patients from society, not giving them a job and cutting off contact with them is the biggest harm we can do to them. Especially today is schizophrenia awareness day and let's not ignore these friends from now on."

Dean of PAU Faculty of Medicine Prof. Dr. Osman Özdel; "April 11th Schizophrenia Day is a very important day for all of us when schizophrenics are freed from stigmatization and integrated into society, I thank our esteemed professors and TRSM staff, especially Assoc. Prof. Dr. Ayşenur İnci Kenar, for giving us the opportunity to understand schizophrenics and feel them better."

Prof. Dr. Murat Özban, Chief Physician of PAU Hospital, thanked the TRSM team for continuing the service of this large center in PAU Hospital in an effective way. He said that he believes that many psychiatric diseases can be treated with awareness and care, and that they can be treated within us as a member of society rather than excluding them from society, and thanked everyone who contributed to all their work, activities and this exhibition.

Prof. Dr. Gülfizar Varma, Head of the Department of Psychiatry at PAU Hospital, stated that everyone is working to integrate every individual into society and thanked everyone who contributed to this exhibition.

Prof. Dr. Gülfizar Varma, Head of the Department of Psychiatry, Suat Çetinkaya, Acting Director of Pamukkale Public Education, Assistant Directors Halime Atik, Aylin Gelgeç, Teacher Pınar Yıldırım Duranay, employees, patients and their relatives attended the exhibition.

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