Without prior information about mental illness, Jamil and the family were shocked by Hamid’s mental health and his episodes of anger.
“I had no information about depression and anxiety,” Jamil said.
“I was shocked when he started to stay in the house and rarely go out. He stopped going to school either. I feel sad when I go to school by myself rather with Hamid last year.”
Hamid dropped out of school as his mental illness continued to have a dramatic affect on the family’s well-being.
“If one person is sick in a family it affects all members of that family. It is like if you have an injury in your body, the whole body feels the pain.” Hamid said.
Susan recognised her son was not well and sought help from her GP.
“I explained to GP what is going with Hamid … the GP told me next time when he gets angry call the control anger line or police,” she said.
“After hearing,what the GP said I saw the desperation in my son’s face and my heart was coming out of my chest. I wrote on a piece of paper, ‘I want to talk to you alone’ and showed it to our GP. Then he sent Hamid outside.
“I told the GP, ‘You shouldn’t have to talk like that to my son. I think he is suffering from mental illness’. That was when the GP called Hamid back inside and examined his mental status.”