I'm honoured to have been asked to address a group of women this week who many or may not know anything about children's mental illness. In case you weren't aware, May 6-12, 2012 is Children's Mental Health Week, so the timing couldn't be more perfect.
My goal is to share a bit of what it's like to be the parent of a child with a mental health challenge, but I'd love to have the chance to share a bit about what you think, too. With that said, here are a few questions for you. I know my answers to these questions, but I'd love to hear what you think as well.
So, here goes.
1) What message do you feel needs to get out there? What do you want people to know?
2) When your child is acting up in public, what is the most helpful thing someone can do? (ignore? smile reassuringly? offer help?)
3) What can friends/family do to help?
I've asked these questions over on TheODDMom Facebook page as well, so feel free to go check out what's going on over there as well. If you haven't joined us yet, you'll find the link to the right of this blog.
Thanks, everyone. I look forward to hearing from all of you.