WHAT DO PARENTS IN THIRD WORLD COUNTRIES DO?


 

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.

 

 

Advertisements
This entry was posted in Schizophrenia on by .

About Jill

Author of books and articles on support and experiences of living with a mentally ill family member. My aim in blogging is to let others see how a loving family, with a father and husband who is able to give unconditional love, can help the family cope. Many call me the blogging grandma.'

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s