- 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.
Tuesday, September 14, 2010
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: