Mental illness support group Zenkaren on Sunday will start soliciting the public for a new Japanese term for schizophrenia to help eliminate the strong prejudice associated with the debilitating disorder, Zenkaren officials said Thursday.

The move by Zenkaren, which has been lobbying for the change since 1993, follows a decision by the Japanese Society of Psychiatry and Neurology earlier this year to change the Japanese term “seishin bunretsubyo,” which means “mental breakdown disorder.”

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