Abstract: The modern views and approaches in psychiatry pay special attention to families of patients with mental disorders. There is no doubt that the relatives are key players for the sick person and the main helpers in treatment. The Aim of this study is to describe and analyze the need of information and training to families of patients with mental disorders. Methods: An anonymous survey has been carried out of 165 relatives of people with mental disorders hospitalized in psychiatric hospitals in Sofia, Vratsa and Novi Iskar in January-February 2014.Results The majority of the families of patients with mental disorders like to receive more information on the problems associated with mental illnesses. Relatives of people with mental disorders claim their being ready to be trained in special organized training courses and seminars.
Keywords: patients, mental disorders, relatives, training