The answer should be yes. Not "how can I get my loved one help?"

Don’t give up on me.

With those few words, “Don’t give up on me.” David ended our phone call tonight. I assure him each time that I won’t.  He is our son and will always be our son.  See today he admitted to assaulting his mom.  If he had been adult, he would have been guilty of a felony. As it is, he is in a detention center where he has been since March 27th.  On Friday he will move to what is called a safe bed, which will allow him a bit more freedom, as well as a chance to get back on his…

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North Dakota Mental Health Crisis

I am part of the Mental Health Advocacy Network in North Dakota.  It is a coalition of advocates and agencies that is working to change the way mental health is viewed.  To erase the stigma that comes with being mentally ill. In this video, it so eerily describes things that mirror what has happened in our family.  It could very easily be David’s mother or myself in the role of parent, and David could easily be Garrett.  These are real people telling their stories. North Dakota sponsored an interim study of the mental health study and that report was delivered…

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Compliance – Continued Medication Issues

Compliance – Continued Medication Issues We are in week two of David’s not getting his medication as prescribed.  Thus, he is out of compliance, though it appears to be a systems issue.  Today, I contacted the detention unit, asked to speak to the medical person, and was transferred to him. When I asked what the issue was, the nurse said “he is not in compliance.” I asked, if he was refusing to take the medication, and rather than providing me an answer, he said “who is the probation worker?” (I use probation worker as a loose descriptor for the person…

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