Tuesday, September 14, 2010

How Bad Is It? It's This Bad

I found this survey conducted by the Consumer Health Service and the National Mental Health Association about the impact of caring for a family member with a mental illness.  Given that the medical community and our political "leaders" have allowed the burden of care to fall to victim's families, here are some of the facts:

  • Nearly one-third of the caregivers of people with severe mental illness said the situation has caused them severe hardship.
  • More than half of the caregivers said their most pressing concerns are: drug abuse, the threat of suicide and violent behavior. 
  • 77 percent of caregivers say they play an extremely important role in the care of the person they love with mental illness.
  • 78 percent said the medical community does not understand the problem they face in caring for a person with mental illness. 
All true. 

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