I will be walking again this year with my friends from NAMI North Central at the 2015 NAMI Walk on Saturday, May 16, at Artesani Park in Brighton, Massachusetts. Join us.
Donations to this important cause are greatly appreciated: http://www.namiwalks.org/participant/boblarsted
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Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker made me mad when he submitted his new budget. So I wrote a letter to the editor of The Worcester Telegram. In some strange Turing Test, they published it today.
Here is the link.
Here is the letter. They added the title:
Governor shouldn’t cut RLC funding
When my teen-aged daughter first attempted suicide, the Collaborative Assessment Program came to her rescue and helped save her life by getting her hooked up with the Department of Mental Health. Later, when the Legislature cut that program for everyone except children of families with Mass Health, I told them it will be their fault every time the next kid with private health insurance dies because of their shortsightedness.
They still haven’t fixed it.
Now, years later, my no-longer-quite-so-suicidal daughter has found a safe and welcoming place at one of a small number of DMH-funded Recovery Learning Communities across the state. Here she has found innovative and cost-effective solutions, including peer supports and a hearing-voices group, a place to accept and find meaning in her voices — the very same voices that always come back no matter how hard the doctors and hospitals and their antipsychotics try to silence them.
And here she finds the camaraderie of others, struggling, as she does, to remain in the community rather than locked away in some more terrible place. Now the governor wants to cut RLC funding by 50 percent. This seems to me like another shortsighted, unsafe, and, ultimately costly idea.
Published in the Worcester Telegram & Gazette, April 23, 2015.
A May Is Mental Health Month Author Event
Bob and Patricia
A Frank Talk on Mental Health
Join me in Holden as Patricia and I talk about her battle with anxiety, depression, bipolar, obsessive-compulsive, and schizoaffective disorders. Share our journey through the minefield of school, family, and today’s healthcare system as we struggled to find a way for her to survive, and, ultimately, thrive.
Wednesday, May 6, 2015
Gale Free Library
23 Highland Street
Holden, MA 01520
Free and open to the public.
I promise only a memorable experience. At previous talks we’ve had props, dramatic book readings, some giggles. And some tears.