The answer: Very Strong.
NAMI can make a tremendous difference, on levels from personal to political, and ranging from local to national. I have felt it as a Family-to-Family participant, teacher and trainer; I have, I hope, nurtured it as a NAMI National Convention Presenter, and as a writer.
And, as a speaker and broadcaster, [...]
Let’s talk about the question I get quite often, via reader e-mails, keynote Q & A, or sometimes in the form of a critical tweet or two accusing me of “exploiting” my son Ben by being open about out family’s experience with his illness: schizophrenia.
Am I ”Exploiting” my Son by Sharing Our Family Experience [...]
The horrors of 9/11 got us into wars overseas, and the memories continued to be used to justify our involvement there. Will the tragedy in Newtown get us into a war against easy access to assault weapons, underfunded mental health services, stalled research, and lack of support?
Never Forget. Act to Prevent.
Details continue [...]
This video, created by Barmont Productions for NAMI in Connecticut, shows in seven short minutes a smattering of some of the ways NAMI has made a difference in the lives of people living with mental illness, and their families and friends. In it, you will hear a small taste of why Ben Behind His Voices [...]
Hard to believe that the book launch party for Ben Behind His Voices was over a year ago now. The “new book smell” is gone. How are we doing?
Perhaps writing a book is like being pregnant: you’re changing your life, making plans, working hard – yet have no real idea of what is coming [...]
Sharing Can Shape Our Lives
“For what we are, we are by sharing…and it is by sharing that we move toward the light.” These words come from my temple’s prayerbook for the Jewish New Year, and they never fail to re-ignite my sense of purpose each year.
Before Ben Had a Job, He Took [...]
For the first time in years, Ben has spoken to me about goals – and he actually has some, that he is willing to share with me.
When you have a goal, it can be risky to say it out loud. What if you fail? What if your dreams don’t come true?
Treatment, the [...]
I have just returned from the CIT International Conference, where I met so many who are passionate about their crisis and mental health work – and though I came there to share the family view, I learned so much more than I offered. And yet – everyone who met thanked me for being willing to [...]
Okay, so not quite a best-seller yet…unless you count being pretty consistently in the top ten in Amazon’s Best Seller list in the category of Health/Mental Health/Schizophrenia.
This day, this hour, a specialized best seller!
Still, the news from my literary agent (Claire Gerus, who is amazing) today, about a year into the book’s [...]
Mental Health and Disability Issues Affect Us All
Keynote: Educate. Collabeate. Advocate
Last month, I had the opportunity to speak about to the wonderful folks at PPAL, the Parent/Profession Advocacy League (“The Massachusetts Family Voice for Children’s Mental Health”) at their annual conference. Our family story wasn’t the only one presented; there were also [...]