I am a Carer of two adult sons, both of whom suffer with paranoid schizophrenia. For the last 30 years approximately, I have had to cope with a lot of emotions (both theirs and mine) and numerous occasions when they had tried to take their lives.
I'm wondering if any other older age group on here is in the same situation? I also work towards taking away the stigma of having a serious mental health condition. I've been involved with the mental health system for most of these years and have seen it deteriorate, due to so many people now with these conditions. Strangely enough, the Carers can't seem to be reached to offer the support they could potentially get (in my area anyway).
We all hear about Carer's Rights now and every organisation seem to offer groups to support us - but I'm beginning to think it amounts to 'too many cooks in the kitchen'. If anyone needs emotional support, please don't hesitate to get in touch with me. kind regards, P