I am looking for suggestions on how to help a friend who has been living with schizophrenia for many years. My main goal is to get him to find a support group in order to be less Isolated. His geographical location is perfect for such interaction, as he lives in a large city. He lives independently and functions quite well, though he is highly isolated except for infrequent (yet supportive) contact with some family and me. The main obstacle here is that he does not believe he has schizophrenia, rather he believes his voices are real. Since he has developed a close relationship with me, I do not want to dissuade him and alienate him even more since he is making such progress. Basically, I just want to get him to a support group, but how to do this without alienating him is a real conundrum. I know I will lose his trust if I even suggest this. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.
Thanks for your help, Lindsay