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Turning Points: Inspirational stories of families living with schizophrenia and practical advice for carers

Turning Points: inspirational stories and advice for carers of people with schizophreniaTurning Points is a resource booklet for carers, family and friends of people living with schizophrenia. It tells the inspirational stories of people caring for a loved one diagnosed with schizophrenia in an effort to share experiences and insights with others who find themselves in a similar situation. It also includes a resource section providing additional information and support.

Click here to download the booklet as a PDF, or to order a copy, contact the Schizophrenia Fellowship of NSW on (02) 9879 2600 or Eli Lilly Australia Pty Ltd on (02) 9325 4444.

In 2010 we focused on the many challenges and stresses that confront carers of people with a mental illness. The caring role is often carried out in isolation. Unfortunately a large part of this isolation is caused by misperceptions, fear and stigmatising beliefs of the community at large. As mental illness is not a visible illness or disability, many carers do not even see themselves as providing care; indeed this problem has often stretched to Government as well. National COAG reforms and attention to carers’ issues in the NSW Parliament have started to change that and we want carers across the State to have access to the new programs that will support them.
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