Cold weather reminds me me of the large number of people with schizophrenia who will be homeless this winter. As many as 25% of homeless people suffer from schizophrenia or severe manic depressive illness. What can we do? Some ideas include becoming involved in advocacy for the mentally ill, volunteering some time at a homeless shelters or soup kitchen, or supporting organizations that advocate for the mentally ill and the homeless. We can also learn about services available in our communities for the mentally ill, so we'll be ready to provide information when we encounter someone in need. Society has a long way to go in providing adequate services for the mentally ill. When we join our voices as individuals, we play an important role in turning the tide.