It was my privilege to make a presentation today at the Riverdale-Yonkers Society for Ethical Culture. NYSPA member Lynda Paull, who is on the Board of Directors, had invited me to talk a few months ago. I didn’t fine tune the topic until recently:
Parenting a Mentally Ill Adult: My Experience with David
I talked about my experiences with David and the mix of being a professional and a parent, and what prompted me to write Tool Kit for Families of Hospitalized Mentally Ill Persons.
An interesting question — and I have had plenty of time reflect — was how “The David Experience” (what I called it) changed me.
Infra is a photo of their lovely locale:
I was struck by a statement made by ex-boxer Frank Bruno that was included in the program:
Mental illness can happen to anybody. It doesn’t pin-point, you can be anyone – a dustman, a politician, a Tesco worker – anybody. It could be your dad, your brother or your aunt.
Read about Frank Bruno’s story: