Hello readers, and I especially welcome the wonderful parent and professional mental health advocates I met last Friday at the PPAL annual meeting in Marlborough MA — all 400+ of you! I thoroughly enjoyed my time there and came away very impressed with the “Massachusetts model,” a work in progress you point out, for supporting families and communities with mental health disorders.
As I said in my keynote, you are my tribe. Only those of us who’ve dealt with mental illness and addiction in ourselves and/or a family member can truly know how tough this journey can be — and the importance of social services and one-on-one parent support. I am grateful for everything you do and the lessons you pass on.
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—– Victoria Costello