Monday, October 27, 2014

How Liza Long's blog post helped families organize to become #Tb4T

I’m so excited because Liza Long's new book, "The Price of Silence" arrived in my mail today! I am late in ordering it, but can't wait to read it!

Like thousands of other Moms, I wrote to Liza the day her "I am Adam Lanza's Mother" blog post went viral. (NOTE: 1.2 million people have read Liza's story on Huffington Post to date.) 

Additionally, I wrote my own story and published it on my blog titled: “My response to I Am Adam Lanza's Mother.” 

That day, millions were in shock, disbelief and mourning the senseless death of 26 children, but it was also significant turning point. It was the beginning of families like mine that survive in mental health crises connecting across the US! 

In the past 2 years, we have used social media to develop relationships that eventually led us to organize and become a new non-profit organization/movement call "Treatment Before Tragedy".

In another post, I'll share more details of how I met Asra Nomani, after she published "Did Nancy Lanza live in fear? Why many mothers of the mentally ill do” in the Washington Post. Asra has been and remains instrumental in helping families acheive the unthinkable!

For now, please join me in thanking Liza Long for her brave stand to ask the  questions publically ... that many of us were too afraid to ask.

I alone cannot change the world, but I can cast a stone across 
the waters to create many ripples. – Mother Teresa

In the days after the Newtown, Ct., tragedy, one mother represented the voices of so many: Liza Long, "Anarchist Mom." She testified to the abyss in which so many families are drowning in trying to get care for loved ones with serious mental illness, or brain disease, as we want to reframe the issue.

For being a champion for families everywhere, we thank Liza and congratulate her on her release of her new book, "The Price of Silence." 

Let's support this mom who has supported us and let the world know: 

We matter. Our loved ones matter. 

Read this essay by Liza on what this day means to her:

GG Burns is a Mother, Artist and Kentucky Mental Health Advocate