Community and Family: Caring for the Mentally-Ill
Byline: CORAZON ALMA G. DE LEON
Caring for the mentally ill is not only a family affair. It should take the form of a community effort. Families who take care of mentally ill persons exhaust their financial and human resources, thus becoming less productive as citizens. Often, some family members have to give up jobs or productive endeavors inorder to be caregivers to a mentally ill sibling. The result is, these otherwise normal and capable citizens are unable to help in community development.
On the otherhand, with no community intervention, those with mental disorders become vulnerable to being abused. Being discriminated against, being physically restrained, being sexually or physically abused, being kept away from treatment are just among the violations to the mentally ill persons.
An organization known as the …
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Publication information: Article title: Community and Family: Caring for the Mentally-Ill. Contributors: Not available. Newspaper title: Manila Bulletin. Publication date: May 11, 2003. Page number: Not available. © 2009 Manila Bulletin Publishing Corp. COPYRIGHT 2003 Gale Group.
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