If you’re living in fear of losing a loved one to schizophrenia, it’s time to take action.
We’ll explain the details about schizophrenia, the best
treatment options and your vital role as a caregiver.
If your loved one is showing signs of Schizophrenia, don't wait to find out how to handle it the hard way.
Get Schizophrenia Quick START & learn what you need to know before you even begin!
Have you been frustrated, confused, or even frightened by the way your child or loved on has been acting? If you’re reading this, chances are you’ve been searching for answers -- that’s what we’re here for.
We are the Schofield's (Michael and Susan) and we have been battling our daughter, Jani’s, schizophrenia for over seven years now. Since then we have become advocates for raising awareness for mental illness and helping those who don’t know how to handle the struggles of care giving.
The #1 thing that we have found most unfortunate for new caregivers (including ourselves when we first started) is the complete lack of knowledge and resources out there to help them through one of the most confusing and traumatic stages of their loved one’s mental illness-- the pre-diagnosis stage.
That’s why we’ve decided to make Schizophrenia Quick START, the complete guide for new caregivers. We have recorded everything you need to know to take you and your loved one from initial warning signs, to the first hospitalization, and all the way through the diagnosis stage so that you can begin your new life as a caregiver in a safe and stable environment for your loved one.
"What's happened to my family?"
Early signs of Schizophrenia are hard to spot because, just like any other mental illness, there are no physical attributes. Instead, the disease manifests in the behavior of the afflicted person.
For many caregivers, especially parents, these behavioral signs can be rationalized or denied…
“She’s just acting out”
“He just has an overactive imagination”
“...it’s just a phase”
The sooner you know your love one has a problem, the sooner you can get them help. We’ve recorded our own experiences with detecting warning signs and coupled them with hard research to develop the 9 warning signs of schizophrenia. These 9 warning signs will help you determine if you need to take action.
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Learn the 3 most important facts you need to know about your insurance company
You may not have thought about it yet, but insurance is going to be a serious factor in your new life as a caregiver. What if your loved one needs to stay hospitalized longer than your insurance company will cover? What treatments are covered? What if they deny your claim?
We have run into almost every insurance nuisance under the sun, and we can share with you all of the “ins and outs” you need to get what you require out of your insurance company (or to choose a more suitable one). When it comes to your loved one’s well being, you want to arm yourself with the know-how to get them the treatment they need.
Learn what can make or break a good facility
All hospitals are NOT created equal -- would you know the difference between a hospital that is geared towards giving your loved one the care they need and one that simply wants to get you out the door, like any other unimportant “customer,” just by walking in? Picking the right hospital sets the stage for all of your future experiences with hospitalization, diagnosis, and treatment -- do you really want to leave that up to chance?
We know what works and what has proved to be a catastrophe in the past and we’ve used our experiences to create for you a complete list of “do’s and “don’ts” for picking a hospital. Don’t learn the hard way like we did, use our experiences and get ahead of your loved one’s schizophrenia from the start.
Are you in it for the long haul? What you need to know about the diagnosis process to avoid frustration.
Diagnosing schizophrenia can be a very hard and drawn out process. There are many things your doctor will have to rule out before they are ready to determine it's schizophrenia, and many types of treatment depending on the person afflicted. This is a very frustrating time for caregivers.
Our knowledge of the diagnosis process will help you develop the patience needed to get the RIGHT diagnosis and choose the RIGHT medication. We have been through this process and we can prepare you for the long road ahead.
Meet the Schofield's
Michael and Susan Schofield have been married since 2000 and had their first child, January (left center), seven years later. Jani was originally diagnosed with early-onset Schizophrenia in 2009, shortly after the birth of her baby brother, Bodhi. The Schofield's have tirelessly advocated and supported Jani since that time and are now doing the same for Bodhi who has recently been diagnosed with Autism. Michael and Susan have met many families through their experiences who are fighting to keep their children alive… and some who have lost the struggle against mental illness.
Out of their conviction that no child, no matter what age, should ever be a casualty of an illness that can be treated, they created the Jani Foundation, a place where caregivers can come together and share knowledge and support. They have gone on to advocate for mental illness awareness in such publications as Discovery Fit & Health and The Telegraph UK, and have been featured in programs such as Dr. Phil, Oprah, and ABC News.
Schizophrenia Quick S.T.A.R.T. is the continuation of their cause to provide the resources and advice that has been, until now, unavailable to caregivers who desperately need it.
Michael Schofield is the co-founder of the Jani Foundation nonprofit named for his daughter January who was diagnosed with early-onset child schizophrenia at the age of six. The Jani Foundation provides free socialization events in the Santa Clarita Valley for families with special needs children and their friends. Michael and his family have appeared on television shows such as Oprah, 20/20, Dr. Phil and Discovery Health’s “Born Schizophrenic.” Michael also works as a college instructor in English and lives in Southern California.
Susan Schofield is the co-founder of the Jani Foundation nonprofit named for her daughter January who was diagnosed with early-onset child schizophrenia. The Jani Foundation provides free socialization events in the Santa Clarita Valley for families with special needs children and their friends. Susan is a mental health care advocate, having appeared on television shows such as Oprah, 20/20, Dr. Phil and Discovery Health’s “Born Schizophrenic.” She has a BA in Speech Communication and spent the earlier part of her career in broadcasting. She currently lives with her family in Southern California.
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