A couple of weeks ago, I attended a training event for Trauma Sensitive Schools. During that training, reference was made to a video on Youtube called “Removed”. This clip has a theme regarding foster care, as well as child abuse/neglect. This video is not for the fainthearted. It is powerful and speaks to child abuse/neglect as well as foster care. Note that the child carries their belongings in a garbage bag. There are initiatives that will collect suitcases and rolling bags for kids in foster care so that they don’t have to use garbage bags. The video is very accurate in it’s portrayal. I warn you in advance that it may trigger your emotions. Especially if this video is similar to a life that you led. Typically all of their belongings fit into the one garbage bag. This is a two part video. I am linking to part 1 today.
With those few words, “Don’t give up on me.” David ended our phone call tonight. I assure him each time that I won’t. He is our son and will always be our son. See today he admitted to assaulting his mom. If he had been adult, he would have been guilty of a felony. As it is, he is in a detention center where he has been since March 27th. On Friday he will move to what is called a safe bed, which will allow him a bit more freedom, as well as a chance to get back on his medication. (why the detention center for youth doesn’t give him his medications like they are prescribed is a fight for another day). Then next Tuesday, he will be moving to a Youth Home in another city. See. For the longest time, we (his whole team) has referred to his condition
I am part of the Mental Health Advocacy Network in North Dakota. It is a coalition of advocates and agencies that is working to change the way mental health is viewed. To erase the stigma that comes with being mentally ill. In this video, it so eerily describes things that mirror what has happened in our family. It could very easily be David’s mother or myself in the role of parent, and David could easily be Garrett. These are real people telling their stories. North Dakota sponsored an interim study of the mental health study and that report was delivered in 2014. Known as the Schulte Report, it spoke volumes about the crisis in services here. Little has been done to resolve the crisis. We continue to see services cut. We continue to have to fight for care. Parents continue to struggle to help their children. People with mental illness