Wednesday, May 23, 2007

Undying love and the search for treatment

Without appropriate treatment options, parents of a grown child with severe mental illness are often the ones left to provide care. As care providers, families face a very real risk of violence. In fact, the most common victims of violence and homicides are family members, especially mothers. Despite this risk, families continue providing care and fighting for treatment.

“The first thing I thought of is … I can’t help him if I’m dead.”
- One mother’s reaction to her son’s attempt to harm her.

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