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Why I Speak Up Against Stigma

Chrisa Hickey2 comments1833 views

I spend a lot of time on social media sites, Facebook and Twitter mainly.  Today I read two posts that show you why I continue to speak out about childhood onset mental illness, and why it’s important that, if you can, you speak out too.

First, on the Facebook page for a great blog called Raising Crazy, was this:

If you read parent blogs on mental illness, you may have run into this woman.  She also goes by the handle, “Warrior Mom,” and loves to tell us how evil we are for allowing our kids to take meds to manage their psychosis.

Later, on a closed Facebook group for parents of kids with special needs was this:

I think that says it all.

I shared my family’s story in two places this month.  First, HealthyPlace.com has started a new campaign called Stand Up for Mental Health, calling for an end to the stigma of mental health diagnoses and increased awareness and treatment.  I’m proud to be part of the roll out with HealthyPlace.

Second, SZ Magazine this month has an interview with me about my family and our struggle to get Tim diagnosed, treated, stabilized, and now, transitioned back home.  If you subscribe to SZ Magazine, it’s in the Winter Issue, in the mail now.

Finally, I will be on the Ricki Lake Show on February 6th, talking with Ricki and fellow moms of kids with severe mental illness Jennifer Wohlenberg, Adrienne Jones, and Kirsten, Pickle’s mom.  Please check your local listings for the time in your area.

If you want to share YOUR story, click here and share it with the Parents Like Us Club.

2 Comments

  1. I see you mention that you're going to be on the show with Jennifer Wohlenberg and I'm just curious if you know if she made her blog private on purpose? I'm just curious because I used to enjoy reading it but can no longer access it.

  2. Hi – Jennifer has password protected her blog because, as she says on The Ricki Lake Show, her girls are older now and she feels it is their story to tell now, if they choose to.

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