People who equate truth with fact are missing the point.

The Trajectory

When you take a child to the doctor, you are a fallible human presenting a fallible human to a fallible human. . . . → Read More: The Trajectory

Issy and Kelli Stapleton: Murder, Suicide, and Family

I have been deeply disturbed for weeks. I keep trying to write this blog post and backing away from it, over and over. I have decided not to publish it, and alternately been compelled to publish it. Ultimately, this is my truth. This is what my family survived, and if it was the . . . → Read More: Issy and Kelli Stapleton: Murder, Suicide, and Family

Frustratinger and Frustratinger

Avert your eyes, ye Puritans. Yea verily, I am going to curse. Also there is talk of boners here. You are warned.

I fucking HATE insurance companies. Fucking hate them. The only thing I hate more than insurance companies is the health savings account, which is a great idea and saves us lots of . . . → Read More: Frustratinger and Frustratinger

Inarticulate Screaming

In recent lawsuits, mental health care in prisons in four US states was described variously as “clearly inadequate,” “[not] even rudimentary,” and “grossly inadequate.” . . . → Read More: Inarticulate Screaming

National Children’s Mental Health Awareness Day: If the Diagnosis Was Cancer…

If the diagnosis was cancer instead of mental illness, my child would be treated with sympathy instead of judgment. . . . → Read More: National Children’s Mental Health Awareness Day: If the Diagnosis Was Cancer…

A Dislocation of Mind

Right now, millions of people in the US cannot access needed mental health care. My daughter is one of those people, and her life is at risk. . . . → Read More: A Dislocation of Mind

Value Options and the Denial of Care: Continuing the Conversation About Mental Health Care

ValueOptions® would like you to believe that they really, really care about getting mental health care to everyone who needs it. I cry foul. . . . → Read More: Value Options and the Denial of Care: Continuing the Conversation About Mental Health Care

You Are Going to Pay for Our Kids

If we don’t pay for treatment for people with mental illness, that doesn’t mean we won’t eventually pay for people with mental illness. The difference is, instead of paying for health care, education, housing, and other programs that meet real needs on the front end, we pay for the disastrous consequences on the back end: police, jails, prisons, and long-term institutionalization. . . . → Read More: You Are Going to Pay for Our Kids

A Little Girl in Danger: This Is America’s Health Care Crisis

My dear friend Kirsten has a little girl called Pickles, and Pickles is very sick. Her diagnoses include schizoaffective disorder, generalized anxiety disorder, oppositional/defiant disorder, and attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder. She has spent the better part of the past two years in two residential treatment centers, one in Denver and one here in Albuquerque, plus . . . → Read More: A Little Girl in Danger: This Is America’s Health Care Crisis

Ordinary Violence, Ordinary Heroism

The children of Sandy Hook were just a few of the children who died last week from guns. In the US, one child dies every three hours from a gun. . . . → Read More: Ordinary Violence, Ordinary Heroism

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