Critique Of Improving Knowledge About Mental Illness Through Family Led Education

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Critique of Improving Knowledge About Mental Illness Through Family-Led Education: The Journey of Hope
Introduction:
Having a family member with mental illness can be difficult and can mean knowledge is needed to provide the best care possible. Pickett-Schenk and colleagues (2008) focus on helping those families understand how to better care for their family member. To help these families understand what is best for their family member, Pickett-Schenk and colleagues (2008) called upon family-led education programs for help. The two chosen programs were the eight-week Journey of Hope education course and National Alliance on Mental Illness’s 12-week Family-to-Family Education Program (Pickett-Schenk, 2008, p.49). These programs were brought in based on their exceptional past working with families and their uncertainties. In-fact these two groups were beyond qualified such as they had personal experience helping family members with mental illnesses. Before the study could begin Pickett-Schenk and colleagues (2008) chose an education plan needed to address key life factors. This plan included brain biology, medications, the mental health system, problem-solving skills, and family support, which are some of the top uncertainties. The importance of these factors came into play when trying to find out if family-led education programs actually worked in helping those in need. Beyond obtaining a better knowledge of the subject this research was put into place to…

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