Tag Archives: Children’s Mental Health

Unlock that door

My dad’s face got that look when all the locks clicked.  You know, that l-sure-didn’t-expect-this look. We were there to see my then-12 year old son.  It was his 5th or 6th hospitalization so I had stopped noticing all the … Continue reading Unlock that door

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Phone calls, phantom panels and advocacy

The sign on the door said “closed” but did not explain. Further investigation revealed three clinics under the same management were closed by the court at a bankruptcy hearing. As any parent of a child with mental health problems knows, … Continue reading Phone calls, phantom panels and advocacy

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Everyone needs a posse of parent warriors

Somehow, you can never escape the influence of your mother.  Yet, sometimes you don’t see it for a long while, especially if it shows up in a different context.  Often, in fact, both the influencing and not-seeing can be a … Continue reading Everyone needs a posse of parent warriors

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Her story changed everything

I first met Linette because of her urgent phone call.  While waiting with her daughter for a psychiatric bed, caring for her other child and staying in touch with her office, she was calling, emailing and messaging anyone she thought … Continue reading Her story changed everything

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3 things I’ve learned about fake news from mental health advocacy

I was plunged into the mental health world when my son was 7 and made his first suicide attempt.  I got him help, of course, but I needed to understand what was happening to him and to our family.  Overnight, … Continue reading 3 things I’ve learned about fake news from mental health advocacy

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