Are you the Social Worker? No, I am the mom.

I walked into my son’s new residential and sat down to have the “intake” meeting.  A lot was happening.  It’s a new program in a new location and new staff too.  It’s also a program designed for young people moving to adulthood. Alex is 3 months past his 18th  (read more...)

Why Support PPAL

PPAL is the family
voice for children's mental health in Massachusetts. PPAL has worked for 20 years to promote good (read more)

Our Families Say...

Everyone is afraid of something: spiders, heights, fire, or the dark. On top of all of those, I have another fear. And it’s one  (read more...)

Family Voice

Proud To Be A Nerd

Nerd, geek, dork, dweeb, poindexter; words that used to have a nasty sting to them in the fifties and sixties have now either become a badge of honor or disappeared altogether. The nerds of the olden days have persevered, giving the nerds of today an intrinsic value to society; no small feat considering the social stigmas back then. But this isn’t about the pioneers, this is about us. Ever since the day I entered kindergarten, I have always expressed nerdy attributes. I was one of the smartest in the class, unathletic, asthmatic, and collected things. Elementary school was where  (read more...)