On December 6, 2017 my family made a fateful decision to call 911 and seek help for my son. He had become suicidal and was hurting himself. At the time, he had spiraled into a state of psychosis, something our family had never experienced before. He had decompensated into a false reality of conspiracy theories, … Continue reading We Need Less Mental Health Awareness & More Serious Mental Illness Action
In a recent letter to all of my state representatives I have expressed my outrage over the outdated and absolutely discriminatory exclusion in the Medicaid/Medicare system that has REFUSED to properly treat those with severe psychiatric illnesses like schizophrenia and bipolar 1 for over 50 years. New legislation has been introduced to gently ease the … Continue reading The Institutes of Mental Disease (IMD) Exclusion Is Absolutely Discriminatory
Recently I signed up for a Mental Health First Aid Course that was put on by the Washington County Behavioral Board in Marietta, Ohio. I was very excited to attend this course. It is a free 8 hour class that educates you to the basic procedures you should employ to respond to common mental health … Continue reading Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) Review : From A Parent’s Perspective Who Cares For A Child With A Serious Mental Illness
There are two facts you can take absolute comfort in. Fact number one, you are never alone. God is always with you, and if you are a child of God, He is inside you experiencing these feelings first hand. He is always there. And fact number two, He understands completely. Jesus Christ humbled Himself by coming to earth and putting on this flesh suit so that he could experience being in the flesh first hand. Why? So that we could have a High Priest who not only had sympathy for us, BUT even deeper, He has something even more powerful - empathy. He literally strapped on our earthly shoes and walked a mile in them. He knows what we are going through. He knows what emotional pain feels like. He didn't have to do that, but he did...because He loves us and desired to understand us with actual empathy.