Birthday Eves and World Mental Health Day

On this day 15 years ago there was so much I did not know. I certainly didn’t imagine that our every day would include my child living (thriving) with mental illness. And that means that somewhere out there this evening are other mothers, in other hospitals, waiting for their own baby to join the world – and evidence shows that approximately 20% of those unborn children will likely have a diagnosable mental illness at some point in their lives.

Faces Behind the Statistics – World Mental Health Day 2019

‪Worldwide more than 300 million people of all ages live with depression. My 13year old son is one of those people, but he’s not a statistic and he’s not defined by his diagnosis.

See the faces and know the stories behind the statistics.

#WorldMentalHealthDay is a reminder that there are real people behind the statistics.

#NationalDepressionScreeningDay #MentalIllnessAwarenessWeek #liferealrawbrokenbeautiful ‬

Beyond the Label

What I know to be true is that my son wants to be fully and genuinely seen and accepted for who he is – and ASD is a piece of what makes him whole. So for him, and for every other child and adult on the spectrum (and for the people who love them) I ask you all to do me a favor – look beyond the label and see the person.