Why is education important for families affected by serious mental illness?
Learning about the causes, symptoms, prognosis and treatments of different kinds of serious mental illness (SMI), and building skills around communication, boundary setting and problem-solving are critical to helping families better care for their ill loved ones and themselves.
Higher levels of mental illness literacy in the wider community can help prevent the escalation of mental health problems. It can ensure the safety of an ill loved one when unexpected situations happen. Improved literacy in mental illness also helps fight stigma and discrimination.