Myths about mental illness are still very prevalent in modern society. Myths such as “people with schizophrenia are violent” or “mental illness is not treatable” need to be dispelled with facts. Studies have shown that people with schizophrenia are more likely to be the victims of violence, and people with schizophrenia are no more violent than those without schizophrenia. Mental illness is very real, can be treated, and people do recover. I learned that knowledge and understanding of mental illness were poor in the general population and I count myself in that population until I became directly involved with my daughter’s illness and educated myself. I now try to help other people understand, and is the reason I am active in helping other people.
Learning everything that I could about mental illness became my first priority. I went over this subject in detail earlier but it deserves to be added again here because it has been such an important key to my well-being and that of my daughter. Knowledge gives some power where mental illness is concerned. I focused on specific topics that would help me support my daughter. Later I included learning about self-care and then learning about the local Health Authority. Obviously learning about mental illness and mental health care is an enormous task, especially when there are so many variables and so much is still unknown. I am still learning and will probably never stop, but hopefully, I can continue to share the things I have learned and they will benefit other people.