This blog is about my life as a mom, raising a son with a mood disorder. This is a tough journey and I hope that my words may allow others living with this illness see that they’re not alone. I’m also using this blog as a tool to process my own feelings and let go of the pain that I carry inside. If you’re new to this blog, check out my list of “Important Posts” in the right column and feel free to share your story with me. This blog shouldn’t be used for medical advice.
This is one of the most important stories on mental illness in our youth. Everyone needs to watch this story, it demonstrates the desperate state of our mental health system and the crisis that families are in. Virginia State Senator Creigh Deeds shares his story about how his own son who suffered from bipolar disorder stabbed him repetitively only hours after failing to get the care he needed in the emergency room because the hospital didn’t have a bed available. As he strongly pointed out, “The system failed my son tonight.”
If love alone could fix this problem, Senator Deeds would have his son today. But instead the scars on his face will forever remind us all that love is not enough.
America needs to change how mental illness is treated. Families can’t wait any longer!