"My son became ill in 1996, and he tried to kill himself. We found out about Rethink Mental Illness, when we saw an ad in the local paper, and they helped us send a letter to demand that my son be assessed. He was diagnosed with paranoid schizophrenia and was sectioned for a while. I was able to ring up Rethink Mental Illness' Advice Service for help and advice about medication and a number of other issues, and have continued to get their help ever since.
Having a son with a mental illness has been very hard at times. He had trouble with debt and we were trying to get him income support, but were having our letters ignored. Rethink Mental Illness have advisers who can help with this kind of issue, and are with you every step of the way. Today, my son has a little house to himself near to us, which he is happy in.
Without Rethink Mental Illness, my son wouldn't be alive today. That's why I am remembering them in my will. I hope you will too."
And Susan isn't alone in making such a commitment. In 2015 / 2016 more than 40% of our voluntary income came to us via gifts in wills. Many people access services via our Advice Service, our helpline which provides practical information to help someone cope with mental illness. We know that we aren't able to answer over half the calls that come in during the times that the helpline is open, because of a lack of resources. We want to have longer opening hours for this vital service so that more people can reach us.
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