People who equate truth with fact are missing the point.

An Eternal Multitude of Despondency

No Points for Style

Instead of letting me go in an ambulance, my parents drove all the way from Albuquerque, New Mexico to Prescott, Arizona to take me from the tiny regional medical center where I had been for nine days to the much larger hospital in Phoenix. . . . → Read More: An Eternal Multitude of Despondency

For Kelly Thomas

Kelly Thomas was beat and beat and beat by Fullerton police officers on July 5, 2011 and while the cops beat him he cried for his dad and God and his mom and they beat him some more until he stopped moving. . . . → Read More: For Kelly Thomas

This Is How We Dare

We dare because it is always OK to ask for what we need. Always. . . . → Read More: This Is How We Dare

Dear People Who Do Not Have a Child With Disabilities…

I have yet to meet a parent of a child with disabilities who hasn’t heard a whole lot of nonsense from people who never intended to speak nonsense. . . . → Read More: Dear People Who Do Not Have a Child With Disabilities…

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…

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

Pediatric Mental Illness? It’s Like This…

Pediatric mental illness is screaming and crying; raging and breaking things; cursing and swearing; ER trips and suicide attempts…

…and it is midnight visits from a 9-year-old who still knows how to fit into the curve I make in the bed just the way he did when he was a toddler. “Mommy, I’m so . . . → Read More: Pediatric Mental Illness? It’s Like This…

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