Caregivers of mentally ill carry heavy burden

The Montreal Gazette:

Having a brother with schizophrenia has defined Ellen’s life. When she’s not feeling guilty for having a normal life, she is using all of her time, energy and emotion to cope with her brother’s many issues.

“There is just no relief,” said Ellen, who didn’t want her real name used.

She is not alone. On the day after comedian Howie Mandel told a Montreal crowd that mental health issues are ubiquitous in today’s society, a study shows that caregivers of the mentally ill face a level of burden that is almost off the charts and must learn how to refocus their priorities in order to cope.

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