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When the filters come off

I remember the day my son came home with his back a mass of cuts, bruises and blood.  He had just come out of several weeks of sadness, anguish and plans to kill himself.  Almost overnight, the dark cloud lifted … Continue reading When the filters come off

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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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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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What’s in my wallet? Not much after mental health costs.

My ex-husband and I divorced when my sons were 8 and 5 years old.  My 8 year old had already been through three psychiatric hospitalizations, was in regular therapy and routinely threatened to hurt himself as well as his brother.  … Continue reading What’s in my wallet? Not much after mental health costs.

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