MENTAL ILLNESS: My goal is to inform and educate people about it as best I can. It isn't something we should fear. It NEEDS more attention in the public eye. It is an ILLNESS; not a choice! Mental illness:Suicide,schizophrenia & 1 family’s losing battle to save their son (Watch this video, & read this story. It really is moving as well as eye opening to some.)…

A Tale of Mental Illness From the Inside - Ted Talk "Is it okay if I totally trash your office?" It's a question Elyn Saks once asked her doctor, and it wasn't a joke. A legal scholar, in 2007 Saks came forward with her own story of schizophrenia, controlled by drugs and therapy but ever-present. In this powerful talk, she asks us to see people with mental illness clearly, honestly and compassionately.

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What’s Schizophrenia Like? A Woman Who Hears Voices Explains It Beautifully. (((Eleanor Longden: The voices in my head)))

Sharn at Jack Miner Senior Public School just read Challenger Deep by Neal Shusterman: "Challenger Deep is a captivating novel dealing with mental illness. The story describes Caden Bosch, a young teen struggling to cope with mental illness. Caden believes he is on a ship to Challenger Deep, the deepest point in Mariana's Trench. Dealing with schizophrenia and bipolar disorder, he is torn between two worlds. Is he on a ship to Challenger Deep?" *****

Justice Luz Elena Chapa was one of the featured speakers on May 6, 2015 during a One in Five Minds press conference in recognition of National Children’s Mental Health Awareness Week. Against a backdrop of 3,000 pinwheels at Alamo Plaza, Chapa shared the story of her brother who was diagnosed with schizophrenia when he was in his early 20s. Before then, her brother’s use of marijuana and alcohol was attributed to ‘bad behavior’ or rebellion.

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