The FFS calls are a life-saver to those of us with a loved one suffering from schizophrenia. We share our journeys and receive much needed support on our difficult road.
No other organization devotes as much time and effort towards educating society and supporting the patient/family about schizophrenia as does SARDAA. Even NAMI refers many cases to this organization. They are members of the American Brain Coalition, participate in meetings with the NIMH, and very involved in setting national policy.
From grass-roots to a world wide organization with the mission of educating and supporting those with Schizophrenia and related disorders, their families and friends, this nonprofit meets a societal need, previously unmet. The organizational leader is a person with phenomenal energy and unwavering commitment who inspires others to volunteer in support of the mission. The stigma of mental illness will often prevent others from seeking help but this organization is open, welcoming and accepting to those in need. Barriers are removed and needs are met. When it seems there is no other avenue to meet needs, there is SARDAA
This self help group for family and friends of those experiencing the symptoms of schizophrenia was led by a person with recovering schizophrenia. I simply served as a resource person to the group. Particpants called in anonmymously. One family member said "I called because I didn't know where else to turn to" and expressed frustration obtaining care for his wife. He was encouraged to advocate assertively with the physican care provider and other community resources . Information was given regarding the Self help group (Schizphrenia Anonomous (SA) for the wife. Calling back the following week, medications had been adjusted and the wife was joining the weekly telephone SA group. The group leader could share her own experiences, offering empahty and more importantly, hope.
This group was a valuable resource. More family and friends needed to know about the group to increase participation.
My experience of volunteering with the organization has been enriching and satisfying. The core team are fully invested in the cause, which I find truly inspiring. All volunteers are treated with friendly respect and I look forward to being a part of the NGOs endeavours in future as well.
This is a great organization who works so hard to help support those with schizophrenia and also to help others understand how to provide support. Thank you for all the work you do!
I recently started serving as the Volunteer Coordinator for this organization. I have been absolutely floored by the level of commitment each of the volunteers has for SARDAA. The internal structure is thoughtfully laid out in a way that adds to ease of communication and teamwork. This trickles down to the team of volunteers that help implement the organization's mission in powerful ways. And most importantly, this provides an impactful experience for the population of people living with schizophrenia and their loved ones. SARDAA provides support through Schizophrenics Anonymous, conference calls for caregivers and family, and experiences aimed at educating the public.
These are wonderful people bringing wonderful change to the way we think about mental illnesses.
The Walk Houston has been partnering w/ SARDAA for 4 years. I am just amazed at the high level of commitment to their clients & to creating a #PositivePublicDialog on talking about mental illness. We need a lot more of this.
I have been participating in SARDAA events for the past three years because I have several friends with related disorders. SARDAA is an amazing network of high intellect individuals who have overcome tremendous obstacles in their lives to be a productive part of society and an inspiration to others. There have been numerous testimonies from members about the effectiveness of SARDAA in saving their lives and changing it for the better. I wish there was a way to elevate awareness of the power of this group and the resources they have to share.