“World Schizophrenia Day is observed every year on May 24.

“On average, one in 100 people will have some form of schizophrenia in their lifetime. Anyone can develop schizophrenia, and most symptoms start between the ages of 16 and 30.

“While symptoms vary from one person to another, it is a mental illness that affects how a person thinks, feels and acts. Some people with schizophrenia experience psychosis and many have a hard time managing emotions or participating in daily activities.

“Prevention and early intervention are key to improving outcomes for people with schizophrenia. The best way to reduce the risk of schizophrenia is to avoid traumatic experiences, stay socially connected with friends and family, and avoid using drugs or alcohol, especially at a young age.

“While there is no cure for schizophrenia, it is possible to lead a full life with the right therapy, supports, and often medications. The Schizophrenia Society of Alberta is a valuable resource for information, programs and services for people living with schizophrenia and their family members.

“To any Albertan struggling with their mental health and well-being, help is available if you need it. Call 211 Alberta for information on supports in your area.”