When a treatment facility is forced to close because of years of repeated patient abuses as well as for not providing the basic care, it seems at first a victory. When you understand the broken state of mental healthcare in our state, it's really at best, a step sideways.
Don’t Ignore The Warning Signs
This is the most blunt I've ever written on a topic. This is perhaps the most personal I'll get while respecting my children's health journeys. The disturbing story coming from Oxford, Michigan this week is horrific. I feel obligated to tell my friends and any who will listen: "Don't ignore the warning signs." Trigger Warnings: … Continue reading Don’t Ignore The Warning Signs
Dispatches From Covid-ville: Mental Illness Doesn’t Care
Mental illness doesn't give a rip that we're in the middle of a global pandemic. In our family, today, it didn't win.
After our foster son's birthday party guests left the other day, we invited our 12 year old to sit down in a chair in the middle of the kitchen. "Close your eyes," mama said. "I've got something for you that you've always wanted." Then, smash! The remnants of baby's smash cake went right into his … Continue reading Missing Experiences
It’s OK to Call for Help
A call to the crisis line resulted in a swarm of police, fire and EMS personnel at our home. We thought the kids were leaving after our call, until the officer kneeled and said...