“People don’t bring you a casserole when your child has a mental illness.”

About a month ago, I got an email from the contact portal on my website from a local mom who had been referred to my blog from a friend. She asked if we could meet for coffee to talk about my experiences with mental illness, because my story reminded her of her 10-year-old daughter’s. After meeting her and her husband for coffee a couple of weeks ago and learning more about each other, they asked if I would be willing to meet their daughter. They thought that hearing from someone else who had experienced what she was experiencing might help her- and of course I wholeheartedly agreed. One of the things that the father said to me at the end of our conversation was, “If she had a physical illness, something people could see and would talk about, there would be fundraisers and support groups popping up everywhere; people coming…

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