Here is a link to a booklet on Schizophrenia which has been developed by the US National Institute of Mental Health.
Watch this video which recommends that those who are psychotic and have the brain based symptom of “anosognosia” should receive services. Currently the community mental health system only accepts voluntary patients or people who are aware that they have a mental illness and denies service to people who have the symptom of anosognosia or lack of insight.
This video is from the States, but our situations are similar. Some of the recommendations that are listed at the end of the video would save lives if they were implemented in Canada also. The video recommends a return to long term care facilities for the 4% who are too ill to accept voluntary treatment.
Supportive Housing for People with Serious Mental Illness is Cost Effective
- $800 per day for hospital
- $149 per day for prison
- $120 per day for hostel
- $32 per day for supportive housing (www.mentalhealthcommission.ca)
- Up to 30% of homeless are mentally ill
- Up to 40% in prison have a mental illness or addiction