Too often the public does not understand the challenges of the mentally ill and doesn’t want to try.
You always know you’re up against hinting when: – You’re making excuses for their behaviour or are even making excuses for their excuses.
– You make a lot of assumptions that you don’t sanity check and adjust accordingly.
It is sometimes the case that the severely mentally ill person becomes homeless.
This in itself is isolating, and they then must suffer the double stigmatization of being homeless as well as mentally ill.
Think about what it would be like to spend most of your time alone because being around other people is just too difficult. But this is a two-way street — the mentally ill withdraw from society–society withdraws from them.