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Encore: Schizophrenia and Family Caregiving

Encore: Schizophrenia and Family Caregiving

Chris Summerville is a director of the Mental Health Commission of Canada. Debbie Sirota is a single parent of Tamara, aged 24, who lives with schizophrenia. They discuss services for persons with schizophrenia and their family caregivers, identify challenges the services respond to, and explore experiences. They examine the role of the family caregiver in the various stages of schizophrenia. They discuss the ways in which family caregivers become eyes, ears and voice for the persons they are caring for, and explore the special challenges this responsibility creates for family caregivers. They talk about quality of life for persons with schizophrenia and their family caregivers. They speak frankly about situations in which persons with mental illness suffer from depression, experience stigmatization, and get into trouble with the law. They identify the things that make the sun shine for them personally. They say what changes want to see to bring better support for family caregivers.

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