Emily Robinson Creates Video Of Her Mother To Show Human Side Of Schizophrenia

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Photographer Emily Robinson’s mother Cindy has had schizophrenia since her early 20s. As a way to honor her mother, Emily has created this video to try and humanize the illness and show that people living with schizophrenia are not just the people we see in the movies or on the streets.

“What people need to understand is that when someone is behaving that way they are so sick. They are a victim of their illness,” Emily says. “I’m hoping that by sharing, I can put a more human face on our story. I’m hoping I can honor my mom. I’m hoping to make some small difference so my mom’s life goes on the record as being important. Because it is. She is. We all are.”

In addition to the video, Emily has started You Are in this World, a blog where she shares photos and other stories about her life with her mother. You can also follow on Facebook.

If you or someone you know has a mental health problem, you can find resources and information about how to get help at MentalHealth.gov.

  • Courant

    My brother is 60, he also has suffered from schizophrenia since his early twenties, but hasn’t had to be hospitalised since the first major episode (the one that sent him to hospital anyway) He hasn’t married, lives with my Mum (who is 90) and apart from being fearful and not being able to hold down any sort of employment he’s really good. I have absolutely no idea why I have written this except to reach out with a cyber hug. Your Mum is very sick and you probably have scars. XOXO

  • Lynn

    That’s beautiful 🌷

  • Christine Amis

    You are a wonderful daughter!

  • Okiecowgirl72

    My spouse suffers from this… The whole family suffers. There are good and even great days, but the bad days can be catastrophic.

  • Heidi

    I could not watch this without crying. Mental Illness runs through my family too, though not schizophrenia. I feel for you and your Mother and wish someone will come up with a cure for mental illnesses some day. Sincerely hope things go well for all of you.

  • Troy Medici

    You are a good daughter to her. Poor Cindy.