The nation weeps
Weeks after the tragedy in Newtown, though facts are still to be confirmed about Adam Lanza’s history, we struggle to understand how it might have been prevented – or, at least, how to help prevent it from happening again.
First, some facts: Court-ordered hospitalization for mental illness is authorized in [...]
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 [...]
Yesterday I had the pleasure of swapping stories, issues and tips with Susan Schofield, Host of Bipolar Nation on LA Talk Radio, and her husband Michael, author of January First: A Child’s Descent into Madness, and Her Father’s Struggle to Save Her. (reviewed in my last post)
Sure,we were talking author-to-author, host-to-guest, but mostly we [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
May is days away – bringing both Mothers’ Day and Mental Health Awareness Month. This has me thinking about wonderful readers who have taken the time to share their thoughts with me – and not only those who are affected by mental illness in their families (one in four families, btw- we are “the 25%”), [...]
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 [...]
The interview for PBS in Phoenix, AZ last Thursday began with this wide-open question: Who is Ben?
How to answer? Well -
different trees, same mental health issues
He’s my son.
He is a sweet, loving, bright, caring, 29-year-old.
And – he has paranoid schizophrenia.
Very importantly, he [...]
Wow. Last Tuesday, all from the comfort of the Murray Hill Studios in NYC, I had the privilege of appearing all over the country thanks to the magic of Satellite – and a fabulous make-up artist didn’t hurt, either. Here’s one interview that aired on Fox News (.com).
Since Peggy Ann couldn’t see me [...]
Jocelyn Maminta is a wonderful journalist and talk-show host – and our paths have crossed many times throughout the years. During my years as a radio personality, speaker and now author, we often appeared together at local events, and I’ve had the privilege of hearing about her personal inspiring project, Caroline’s Room. She is a [...]