Mental Health Week – Schizophrenia

Happy Mental Health Awareness Week, where we’re spreading the message of hope and decreasing the stigma associated with mental illness!

Today we learn a little bit about Schizophrenia.

 

Schizophrenia is a “medical illness that interferes with a person’s ability to think clearly, to distinguish reality from fantasy, to manage emotions, make decisions, and relate to others.” Oftentimes people with schizophrenia get labeled as outcasts due to these perceptions, but the reality is that with the support of programs like psychosocial rehabilitation, these individuals can lead a safe and rewarding life in the community of their choice. It’s time to change the way we look at mental health! It’s time to support everyone, and embrace the differences which make us unique!

Your local NAMI chapter offers community support groups for consumers of mental health services, as well as family members of those with schizophrenia. They can also make referrals for other resources which may be helpful.

NAMI also offers a program called Family to Family, “a free, 12-week course for family caregivers of individuals with severe mental illnesses. The course is taught by trained family members.”  

Click here to learn more!

*Note: All posts this week are written with the hope of providing support and encouragement, and raising awareness. Trained mental health professional may be available in your area to provide assistance. If you or someone you love is concerned about your immediate safety for any reason, please call 911 or go to the nearest emergency room.

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