A Statement of Mind

Separating police, mental health response isn’t easy

Published in the Minneapolis Star Tribune on June 9, 2020 When I read in the Star Tribune (June 8) that some city council members are calling for dismantling the Minneapolis Police Department, suggesting instead sending mental health professionals to respond to certain emergencies, I thought of my son’s first mental health crisis. His psychologist had Read more about Separating police, mental health response isn’t easy[…]

Quarantine

Many people are seeking mental health support during the sheltering-in-place COVID-19 siege. Social media is fraught with posts about the anxiety and depression it can cause, and the National Institute of Mental Health is researching how stressors related to the virus affect mental health. Our son Jim, who has a mental illness, is staying with Read more about Quarantine[…]

Housing First

            A recent hearing of the Minnesota House of Representatives Housing Committee probed the intersection of mental illness and housing. I expected to hear stories of despair and facts about dire shortages. I wasn’t disappointed, but people who told their stories about how their lives were turned around when they finally found a safe place Read more about Housing First[…]

Should We Expect People With Serious Mental Illness to Work?

I struggle with my expectations for our son who has a serious mental illness. When he’s doing well he seems full of potential, but that is not always the case. Many mental health professionals seem to have the same dilemma. Dr. E. Fuller Torrey In the seventh edition of his book Surviving Schizophrenia, Dr. E. Read more about Should We Expect People With Serious Mental Illness to Work?[…]

Minnesota Must Get Serious About Mental Health Courts

It’s time for state-level discussions in Minnesota about funding mental health courts. I recently attended an excellent conference about the criminalization of mental illness. Even though it was more geared to mental health practitioners, I went as a parent because Ramsey County recently denied participation in their excellent mental health court to my son who Read more about Minnesota Must Get Serious About Mental Health Courts[…]

Let’s Classify Schizophrenia As The Brain Disease It Is

I support the new push to reclassify schizophrenia as a brain disease instead of a mental illness. Alzheimer’s is classified as a brain disease and garners significantly more research dollars as a result. Also more understanding that it’s no one’s fault. When son Jim was first diagnosed 20 years ago, I talked hopefully to a Read more about Let’s Classify Schizophrenia As The Brain Disease It Is[…]

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