Schizophrenia and other mental illnesses.
CHANGE STARTS WITH YOU
The stigma associated with mental illness is a large barrier to recovery. If we want to be a healthier society, we need to break down the stigma and treat menetal illness the way we treat any other illness or condition. This starts with you.
“What can I do?” you might ask.
Be there for the ill person. Offer reassurance. Offer companionship. Offer emotional strength.
“How?” you ask.
Express interest and concern.
Don’t change the subject when someone talks about mental illness
Be responsive and listen to the person; really listen and absorb.
Treat the person with compassion and empathy and read this out to them:-
Grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change,
The courage to change the things I can, and the wisdom to know the difference.