Letter to the Editor - May 16: Help at hand for schizophrenia

FOR anyone who has mental health issues, help is out there.

From tomorrow to next Saturday, it's Schizophrenia Awareness Week.

We are highlighting to local people that it's vital anyone who has mental health issues gets help - and help is out there.

We know 40% of people with severe mental illness (including schizophrenia) sadly receive no treatment at all and get no specialised support.

We know too the medical facts are the sooner people get support for mental illness including schizophrenia, the better the outcomes and recovery.

Family carers should never feel alone or feel the caring is never ending.

Please call our free helpline, which has been specifically set up to assist people.

The phone number is 1800 985 944.

You can also visit www.MiNetworks.org.au.

We have people on standby ready to offer advice as to where to go next - and where to get more help at one of our 180 locations across Australia

Schizophrenia is not well understood in our community.

It's a complex brain disorder that can be treated.

Many people still fear what they do not understand.

Up to 200,000 Australians have schizophrenia, which impacts on

1 million people in their families.

I simply ask readers to salute people in your community who are passionately caring for people living with mental illness - and urge people to get in touch if they need help and support.

David Meldrum,
Executive Director,
Mental Illness Fellowship of Australia.

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