As a parent of a young adult suffering with schizophrenia, my wife and I were very interested to read Tim Salmon's book Schizophrenia: Who Cares? It turns out we are not alone after all, as this really is one of the biggest problems we've encountered - who really does care?
We had naively assumed that once sectioned, a wealth of care and assistance would be opened up to help our son, so it was a shock to discover how the system actually functions. Tim Salmon's book takes you through the fragmented mental health system lacking in government funding, the inadequacies of 'Care in the Community', alongside the moving accounts of dealing with his own son.
His book shows the problems faced by sufferers of schizophrenia as well as carers desperately trying to access any sort of care. It gives a real understanding of schizophrenia, balancing the often distorted, sensationalist media headlines. For us, as carers, it is a book to help us realise we are not alone. And hopefully those responsible for allocating mental health funding will take the time to read the problems faced at this current time.
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