SANE has launched two new guides for the families and carers of people with schizophrenia.
The guides provide information about the care planning process and the range of support and services available to families and carers. They were developed by SANE in partnership with the Otsuka and Lundbeck Alliance, and in consultation with Carers Trust.
At the launch event attended by MPs in Westminster this week, we highlighted that 1.5 million people in the UK care for someone with a mental illness. Many of these carers are responsible for the welfare of somebody with a serious mental health problem such as schizophrenia, which affects nearly 300,000 people in the UK.
Marjorie Wallace, chief executive of SANE, said: "Family members and carers tell us that, when faced with a diagnosis of schizophrenia, it is almost impossible to find out what it may mean for the individual and the family. The greatest barrier is confidentiality, which is often assumed by mental health professionals, leaving carers out in the cold, sidelined from essential knowledge and at a loss to help.
"Carers should be regarded as an important source of advice, respecting their experience and understanding of the daily struggle of living with mental illness. We hope the guides will enable them to be included wherever possible in decisions about the care and treatment of the person they are caring for, also to have their own mental and physical health needs met."
To access the guides online, please click on these images:
For more information please contact the SANE media team on 0203 805 1751.