How to Support a Friend Recently Diagnosed with Schizophrenia?

Hi everyone,

I’m reaching out because a close friend of mine was recently diagnosed with schizophrenia. I want to be as supportive as possible, but I’m not sure where to start. I’ve done some basic research, but I’d really appreciate insights from people who have personal experience with this condition.

Specifically, I’d like to know:

  • What are the most helpful ways to offer support and understanding?
  • Are there particular things I should avoid saying or doing?
  • How can I help them manage their treatment and day-to-day life without overstepping?
  • Are there any resources or support groups you would recommend for friends and family members?

Thank you so much


I’m certain there’s a family and friends version of this forum that runs parallel; I’m not sure what the link is though. It might help better

Edit: here you go

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this forum is for schizophrenics, you might tell him about this site…it could really help him.


Listen and don’t judge.

Avoid the word crazy or similar words.

My family kept including me in activities. Took me out places. That really helped.

NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness) holds classes and support groups for sufferers and friends and family.

As mentioned, if you do not have schizophrenia/schizoaffective or another psychotic disorder, this really is not the place for you. The other forum would be a better fit, IMO.

Here is our generic reply for that :

I’d like to encourage you to join our forum for Family and Caregivers that can be found at:

While this is a peer support forum for people with schizophrenia and other closely related psychotic disorders, the Family forum is specifically for people like yourself, who have a loved one they are concerned about.

Also, please let your loved one know about this forum as they may find it helpful.

Best of luck,

Volunteer Moderator

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I would encourage you to sign up there , but we have to keep this forum limited to those with psychotic disorders. I will give you some time to make your way there, but I will have to Permaban your account here soon.

Thank you.