BLAME, SHAME, STIGMA and SECRECY.
I would like to see a world where there is more formal support for people involved in the tragedy of mental illness. I often wonder what happens to families in Third World Countries.
As mental illness is viewed differently from other life threatening illnesses, the general population feels discomfort when the subject is broached, and then comes the deafening silence, mainly because most individuals do not know how to respond. The blame is prevalent and directed at parents, which actually eggs them on to blame one another.
Mental illness is not something that any person should go through alone. Secrecy leads to hurt. One needs a support group. We were lucky to find one and when those sessions ended, we started another one, enabling us to spend an evening every two weeks with parents who knew what we were feeling and what we were going through.Any parent whose child had been diagnosed with a mental illness some time ago, was willing to share information with the rest of us who were newcomers to the disaster of mental illness; they shared the coping techniques that worked for them.