Answer: a lot.
At least, given the opportunity, respect and resources, we can learn. So can anyone who loves someone with a mental illness.
Last week I had what I thought was a terrific idea: why not get a parent’s perspective on the recent tragedy in Aurora, the public perception of schizophrenia, and the value of treatment for mental illness? After all, family members live the experience of seeing a loved one’s decline into mental illness, and (if we are informed, supported, and -let’s face it – a little bit lucky) the benefits of proper treatment.