Neuropsychiatric illnesses are a significant disease burden across the world1. Our mission is to transform individual lives affected by disorders of the central nervous system before devastation occurs, and to raise the global standard of pain relief.
As a leader in Neuroscience, we at Janssen are focused on developing medicines in cognition, mood, psychosis and moderate-to-severe chronic pain. With core strength and infrastructure in discovery, development and outcomes research, we continue to build on our expertise through internal research and external collaborations.
We are involved in a large number of initiatives to support people affected by mental illness and in particular to reduce the stigma of mental health in the community. Our ongoing research and development work is focused on Alzheimer’s disease and mood disorders, and we continue our legacy work in schizophrenia and chronic pain.
In Ireland the Steps Toward Independent Living programme offers participants the opportunity to learn how to make better lifestyle choices for themselves and reduce their sense of isolation as they integrate into community life; a key element in the recovery of people with mental illness.
The Steps programme was developed in response to a report by The Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU), The Mental Health Integration Index, commissioned by Janssen in 2014, which revealed that Ireland ranked 14th of 30 European countries in relation to integrating people with mental illness into society 2 . It showed that while Ireland has a strong policy in a Vision for Change, it has been slow to implement its recommendations, and along with many other European countries deliver on the difficult task of providing integrated, community-based services for individuals and their families3 .The Steps programme aims to support people with a diagnosis of schizophrenia, a severe mental illness that affects approximately 1 in every 100 people worldwide4. It takes a less directive approach, encouraging mental health professionals to work in partnership with their clients to improve their lifestyle and reduce feelings of isolation and loneliness.
Janssen has a range of product-specific and disease area websites for patients and their care-givers. You can find information about schizophrenia and dementia on www.psychiatry24x7.com.
1WHO Mental Health Gap Action Programme Scaling Up Care for Mental, Neurological and Substance Abuse Disorders 2008
Last accessed: September 2014
4http://www.yourmentalhealth.ie/About-Mental-Health/Common-problems/Mental-health-problems/Schizophrenia/(last accessed September 2015)