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10 Bite-Size Ways to Help Someone With a Disability

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Your challenge this week is to think about how it feels to have a disability, to empathize with someone who is mentally ill, or blind, or deaf, etc. Chances are, you know or are related to someone with a disability, or are disabled yourself. It can be very…

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Mental Illness: How To Provide Better Care for an Ill Family Member or Friend

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The past few weeks I have featured a variety of views on mental illness. This week I would like to share a few tips on how to navigate the rough waters of long term living with one of these devastating illnesses. As a mother of a son with Schizophrenia

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Mental Health: 5 Ways to Help Support a Mentally Ill Sibling

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When my son was diagnosed with Schizophrenia there were two younger children still living at home. His illness necessitated a move to a new town so that he could receive medical treatment which meant that the two younger children were uprooted from their familiar lives to a place we had…

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Mental Health: Coping With a Spouse Who Has Mental Illness

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Falling in love can be easy. Staying in love might require effort. But what happens when your spouse becomes mentally ill? How do you keep a healthy relationship with your spouse? During my time as a NAMI Family-to-Family Mental Illness Education teacher, I was always amazed at the…

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9 Tips to Parenting a Child With Mental Illness

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My son was diagnosed with paranoid Schizophrenia when he was 17 years old. I didn't have any friends who were dealing with similar parenting issues and I, personally, knew almost nothing about Schizophrenia¬†or any other mental illness kids face. When I tried to surface discussions about it, friends…

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