As we near the end of National Family Caregivers Month, I’ve been thinking about the less obvious form of caregiving: the fact that so many of our kids return to their old twin (or larger) beds in the family home, long after we’d imagined we’d have a nest empty enough to turn their old bedrooms [...]
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 [...]
Quick Updates: (1,2,3…)
1. Ben Behind His Voices Comes to New York City!
Reserve and Come to Free Event!
Venture House, Inc. sponsoring this awareness raiser – hope to see you there!
On September 20th, 6 PM (reception) 6:30 PM (Book Reading and Discussion) -
Zucker Hillside Hospital – 266th St. and [...]
There are so many working to increase awareness, reduce stigma, advocate for proper treatment and services for those with mental illness – and their families. Sharing stories, spreading the word, creating events, producing documentaries, writing letters, speaking to legislators – we are everywhere.
Here are some terrific links I hope you will check out and [...]
Best Mothers’ Day gift ever: the Miracle of Ordinary. Just a simple family dinner for 5, out on the deck, with everyone trying hard to do it all without my help (and me trying hard to stay out of the preparations, not always successfully but close!) Cute. Sweet. In a MasterCard word: Priceless
Why? So [...]
One of the letters in “SEARCH” – the acronym I created and present re what families need when mental illness strikes (or, really, we all need for most challenges) stands for:
R = Resilience
Families Have Recovery Process Too
I wrote about resilience in an article about happiness called Bouncing Back Bolder -because the [...]
Last night I had the pleasure of being the keynote speaker for the Kennedy Center Inc Annual meeting. The theme was inspiring:
Create Hope, Celebrate Potential.
The Kennedy Center staff does so much to do just that, from educational programs to support services
Decorated books! for the centerpieces
like job coaching, to residential [...]
I’ve just learned about a wonderful new documentary called A Moment of Clarity. I had a long conversation with its producer, Kevin Cullen, and the hope for this wonderful movie is the same as for Ben Behind His Voices: To reduce stigma, promote understanding, honor the talent and courage of those with mental health issues [...]
Gina Gallagher is co-author with her sister Patricia Konjoian of Shut Up About Your Perfect Kid: A Survival Guide for Ordinary Parents of Special Kids. I first saw this book at NAMI’s 2011 National Convention in Chicago, and found it full of useful and realistic information to go with the catchy title.
The authors also [...]
Last week NAMI-CT’s Fairfield Affiliate hosted an informative and inspiring Legislative Social – over 100 in attendance, including about a dozen state legislators, all there to hear about programs and services that help those affected by mental illness live fulfilling, purposeful, hopeful lives. I wrote about it here as well, on my Mental Illness in [...]