Tips for Supporting a Loved One Living With Schizophrenia
Created by Dr. Allen Lipscomb, Yolo Akili Robinson, and Leroy Mitchell
- Assess for their safety (make sure they are not going to put themselves in harm's way or be harmed by someone else).
- Never challenge a hallucination (Ask - What are you seeing? Be curious, but don't question or engage the hallucination.).
- Do not refer to their hallucinations or delusions as demons. (This is harmful and shaming for folks living with Schizophrenia).
- Be mindful of stigmatizing language and assumptions (schizo, crazy can be triggers).
- Be mindful of language used to discuss medication consult professionals as much as possible.
- Do research on medications, side effects and the experiences of Black people with the medications.
- Create a community of support, you can’t do it all alone. (Find those who are patient, those who are sensitive to persons needs, and those who are available).
- Make sure you are centering your own mental health and wellness support. Create a care plan for yourself as well and know your limitations.