The Schizophrenia Association of Great Britain

Our History and Aims

The Schizophrenia Association of Great Britain (SAGB) was founded by the late Bill Hemmings and Gwynneth Hemmings (photo right) in 1970.

Mrs Hemmings wrote a letter to The Times about the difficulties experienced by people suffering from schizophrenia.  Many people contacted her as a result of this - a committee was formed and a number of those early contacts joined the Association.  The SAGB was the first association to be formed in the UK and one of the first in the world.  Initially working from home, Bill and Gwynneth developed the Association gaining support from people around the country, many medical professionals and organisations.  

Major conferences were organised, mostly in London, and the proceedings published.  Newsheets or newsletters were distributed to members from the early days and a substantial newsletter is now sent to members and contacts twice a year. 

Gwynneth Hemmings wrote a book Inside Schizophrenia which, although it has been out of print for a number of years, is still read by many.

The Association continues its campaigning role for schizophrenia to be seen as a physical illness and is currently active in promoting the link between nutrition and schizophrenia.


1 To help patients suffering from schizophrenia and their families.
2 To support research into the causes of schizophrenia .
3 To increase knowledge and understanding of schizophrenia.

How do we carry out our aims?

1 We provide information about schizophrenia. We will send out a free information pack and try and answer any follow up questions you may have. Our newsletter goes out twice a year. Articles on government policy, medication, research, nutrition may be amongst the topics discussed.
2 To support research into the causes of schizophrenia.
3 We try to increase understanding of schizophrenia amongst the general public, families affected by the illness and those involved in policy-making decisions
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Page last updated on the:- 5th June 2007