Top 8 Mental Illness Awareness areas:
1. Funding of prisons is much more costly than funding housing and therapy programs. We need to help these human beings before they wind up in trouble.
2. Many more caring people are needed for these jobs: case managers, group home managers/couples/teams, drivers, doctors, nurses, therapists, etc.
3. The impact of new medicines is phenomenal, these allow patients to come back to reality, and avoid psychotic acts.
4. Doctors and nurses need to gain awareness of the importance of improving communications with those intimately familiar with the patients, especially family members. Sometimes these poor ones cannot speak for themselves, or are in denial.
5. The need to create care options for mentally ill persons with no family left to look after them.
6. Teachers must be better informed to identify early signs of mental illness, and to stop persecution and stigma.
7. Better understanding of the feelings of mentally ill people is needed. Anyone can send stigma/persecution reports to Stella March at the NAMI address below.
8. Advocates are needed for reform of the mental health system, especially problem facilities lacking best practices, especially those without policies and procedures.
NAMI is the largest grassroots mental health organization dedicated to improving the lives of individuals and families affected by mental illness. NAMI offers tools for grassroots action.
National Alliance on Mental Illness
3803 N. Fairfax Dr. Suite 100
Arlington, VA 22203
Toll free: (800)626-5022
Source: NAMI StigmaBuster Alert: September 22, 2009