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Vote Mental Health

Vote Mental Health – Mental Health Insurance “Our child will be 18 next month. What do we do for insurance?” Not an uncommon question at the family support group meetings. Parents are worried that their child will lose medical insurance, and they will have no way to pay for the medications and treatment needed. On

Blog Action Day – Poverty

Today is Blog Action Day. Blogs around the world will be touching on one topic – poverty. Poverty is a serious issue for our loved ones with a mental illness. Many of our loved ones are homeless or in less than adequate housing because they have little or no income. Even many who are in


Unintentionally the man drew attention to himself. Most people didn’t notice as he came into the Social Security office. They were huddled in their own space waiting for their number to be called. This man, let’s call him Sam, became noticed after he checked in at the computer terminal, and began to unload his pockets

Silent No Longer

“People with mental problems are our neighbors. They are members of our congregations, members of our families; they are everywhere in this country.”–Rosalynn Carter Some statistics indicate that the extent of mental illness in the United States is one in four people are affected by these diseases. This number includes family members of people diagnosed,

September – Suicide Prevention Month

My son was stationed at Pensacola Naval Air Station. A phone call from Mississippi was certainly out of the ordinary. “What are you doing in Mississippi?” were my first words. “I’m in the hospital. I tried to hang myself,” he answered quietly. To this day, seven years later, he hasn’t talked about the incident and

The view at the top of a new hill

“Blessed is a man who perseveres under trial;” (James 1:12 NAS) Walking is my second favorite exercise. I’m returning to walking daily because our local swimming pool is closed for the winter (my favorite form of exercise). My walking route is on the dirt road in front of our house and is certainly not level.

A Realistic Future

About 18 months ago, our son began treatment for the first time since his diagnosis. In the beginning, he went to a psychologist because he had been ordered by the Marine Corp to do so. When he was discharged, he was no longer compelled to be in any kind of treatment, so he wasn’t. Saying

It is Possible

Last month my friend’s daughter, Helene*, graduated from college with her bachelor’s degree in math. At first blush, you might think that Helene is no different than the tens of thousands of other college graduates this month. The difference is Helene has bi-polar disorder. At 35, it has taken her 17 years to reach the

A Better Future

My prayers and hopes have deep roots in reality. (Phil. 1:7, MSG) As my son became symptomatic in his teens, his future looked grim through my human mother’s eyes. When he joined the Marine Corp, he excelled and his future looked bright again. It wasn’t long before the symptoms returned. He was discharged from the