1. Thank you Barb for writing this article. I am a parent of a teenage son that suffers from mental illness and have lived with the frustration of not being able to get the help I need for him. He has been in and out of hospitals and residential homes, where he is also at at this time. I have asked what are we as parents to do to get more help or what is the plan if things don't start improving and get the same response, they're not sure or they'll speak with the staff, but they never come up with a solution.
    My son was put into a residential facility an hour and a half away at the age of 7 and stayed there for 21 months. After not much change the Department of Education who sent him there decided to send him home. That was in 2009.
    It is now 2012 and he has been in another facility three and a half hours away since last year. It is literally a 12 hour day to go visit him. Some days are better and then he regresses. And now that he has turned 13, he has already spent a night at a juvenile facility because that is the next step when they, the one's in control, don't know what to do.
    I wish people who don't have any mental illness in their family could try to understand what we families go through each day.
    If we could only get others to understand and fight with us to get our children more help, what a better world for our children this would be. Until then we parents will continue to fight on our own to get our children more help and support that they need to help them live with their mental illness and to stop the feeling of hopelessness that we all feel.
    Thank you again for being a spokesperson for our families and especially for our children.
    September 30, 2012 11:32 pm on GUEST COMMENTARY: DCS's solution still fails to offer immediate help
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