"When my second son's increasingly erratic and even dangerous behavior was finally diagnosed as bipolar disorder, he had already been in juvenile detention four times, and he had three stays in an acute care mental hospital. He was only 13 years old.
I did not know how to help him then. But I did know one thing for sure: my son was not a bad kid... As I fought for justice for my own child, I learned that we were not alone in our struggle."
According to the National Institute of Mental Health, one in five children will experience a mental health challenge before age 18, and half of us will experience a mental health challenge in our lifetimes. Yet for many, the stigma and discrimination of mental illness is as bad, if not worse, than the diagnosis itself.
Join Liza Long - author, educator, and mother of four children, one of whom lives with bipolar disorder - for a personal discussion on ending the stigma of mental illness, including real solutions for children and families.
Liza's book, The Price of Silence: A Mom's Perspective on Mental Illness was a 2015 "Books for a Better Life" award winner. Since her essay, I am Adam Lanza's Mother, went viral, she has appeared on the Today Show, Good Morning America, Erin Burnett Out Front, Anderson Cooper 360. Dr. Oz, the Diane Rehm Show, NPR's Weekend Edition, and other programs. Liza holds an M.A. in Classics from UCLA and an Ed.D in Organizational Leadership from Argosy University. Her dissertation research focused on mental health advocacy and leadership strengths. Liz is a president of NAMI-Boise and sits on the board of the International Bipolar Foundation. She encourages everyone to speak up for children's mental health.