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How can I prevent a relative with mental illness from being bullied?

Few are more susceptible to rejection, teasing, bullying and cruelty than those with serious mental illness (SMI). There is little a family can do to reduce these external factors. Trying to ensure that the person is dressed neatly and appropriately can help disguise any outward appearance of mental instability, but probably the best support is to show your respect for your ill relative at all times regardless of their appearance or behavior.

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