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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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Outrage fatigue? Yeah, we’ve got that.

Do you have outrage fatigue?  Yeah?  I think I do, too.  I’ve noticed that it feels a lot like the disbelief and exhaustion that comes with parenting a child with mental health problems. Each day my inbox, Facebook and Twitter … Continue reading Outrage fatigue? Yeah, we’ve got that.

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What’s the elephant in the room?

I remember being a child and planning what my life would be like. I was a natural caretaker and it was comforting for me to take care of people. From a early age I spent time with my grandparents and … Continue reading What’s the elephant in the room?

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