Some people would wonder why people with severe mental illness smoke cigarettes drink vast amounts of coffee abuse alcohol up to 50% do and sometimes abuse illegal drugs and aren’t working on recovery and being productive in society well I’m here to tell u it’s a myriad of reasons. Starting with the fact that we still haven’t reached a nirvana in severe mental health treatment. It’s about investing in a young population of early sufferers with secure safe housing, medication, therapy for as long as needed, peer support for all ages and something to do in the meantime to keep the self esteem and confidence up or from plummeting. It’s probably one of the hardest population of people to help but it’s too many lives lost
Hollywood and the national media cause a lot of bad stigma. I liked your post. Just wanted to add that.