For more information on schizophrenia, you may want to check these organizations’ websites.
National Institute of Mental Health
You can find general information on schizophrenia as well as news and research updates.
National Alliance on Mental Illness
Founded in 1979, NAMI is dedicated to improving the lives of people and families affected by mental illness.
Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration
This government agency focuses attention, programs, and funding on improving the lives of people with or at risk for mental and substance abuse disorders.
American Psychiatric Association
This medical association represents doctors who specialize in mental health.
Brain and Behavior Research Foundation
This foundation provides information about research into mental illnesses like schizophrenia.
Rights for People With Mental Illness
- Be treated with respect and dignity
- Have their privacy protected
- Receive age and culturally appropriate services
- Understand available treatment options and alternatives
- Receive care that does not discriminate on the basis of age, race, or type of illness
People with mental illness may have rights that are protected under these laws:
Americans with Disabilities Act. This law protects people who have physical and mental disabilities from discrimination in employment, government services and activities, public accommodations, public transportation, and commercial businesses.
Fair Housing Amendments Act. This act outlaws housing discrimination on the basis of certain conditions, including disability. In addition, landlords and owners of rental housing must make reasonable attempts to accommodate people with disabilities.
Civil Rights of Institutionalized Persons Act. This law allows the U. S. government to investigate government facilities, such as institutions for people with mental and physical disabilities, to remedy any problems in the care and safety of these individuals.
Individuals with Disabilities Education Act. This law is designed to help children with disabilities achieve a quality education. Under the law, public school systems must create an education plan for each child with a disability, based on their needs.
Voting Rights Act. People who have psychiatric disabilities can sometimes lose the right to vote because of state law voter competence requirements. But these individuals can take steps to have their voting rights restored. In addition, under the Voting Rights Act, people with disabilities (including psychiatric disabilities) have the right to get help with voting. People with disabilities can also decide who will help them vote, including friends or family members, service providers, poll workers, or others.