I have learn, listen, and link up.
So, the first is to learn about what schizophrenia is. Know that it is a disorder of brain development, that it's genetic, that it's nobody's fault, and what the symptoms are, what are the signs of relapse, what are the things that trigger schizophrenia. And to learn for that particular person what their needs are, and what they can do to self-manage their condition.
So, they may want to get involved with their treatment providers, as well, to be a support to them and to learn from their treatment providers what's going to be most helpful So, that's learning.
The second is listening. People with schizophrenia sometimes feel very alone. They may feel paranoid that other people are out to get them. After years of withdrawing from society, sometimes they just don't know how to reach out. And so, being there for them, listening to them, hearing them, even if what they're talking about doesn't necessarily make sense or you don't agree with it, I think feeling heard is something we all want, and helps someone with schizophrenia.
So, that's learning and listen, and the third is link up. So, there are many organizations that have people who help others with schizophrenia. And so, one of those is the National Alliance of the Mentally Ill, and that's NAMI.org. You can look them up online. They have many groups for people who have schizophrenia or people who are living with, or want to help people who have schizophrenia. So, you can learn more and get support for yourself through this organization.
The most important thing though, is that you need to believe in the ability of the person to recover. And so, believing that they have the capacity to achieve their dreams and goals, and find their path to health and living a productive life, believing in them so that you can support them through that process, is key.