My wife Kanta and I act as carers to our son Deepan, who was diagnosed with obsessive compulsive disorder in 1989. People are not always kind about Deepan or know what to say or do, but I think this is because there is a lot of misunderstanding about mental illness and it is still very hidden.
This means a lot of people are suffering in silence - they are afraid to open up because of what others will think and this means people may not be receiving the help they need. Times have changed and we need more understanding, more awareness and more compassion. My son has an illness, but he is still my son and the wonderful, intelligent person he has always been.