My Mother's Day was a roller coaster ride of feelings but in the end, I found peace in knowing that I'm her still mother, and soon she will be better. I encourage you to share your story to shed light on mental illness and bring awareness to those suffering in silence. Together we can all be a part of positive change.
We were so pleased that the focus of the recent Didi Hirsch "Erasing the Stigma" event was on mental health in families. This is a topic that is usually on the top of family "secrets" list which made it all the more powerful to hear inspiring stories from celebrities and families who had benefitted from treatment.
Assessment and diagnosis have a vital place in providing understanding and setting the course for often life-saving and life-altering treatment, and should not be dismissed or devalued. But, we also need to remember we are human beings, with names and stories, and should never be defined by a diagnosis.
Beyond electronic records, capture of the vast amounts of data from high-tech sensors and therapies makes a learning mental health care system feasible on a grand scale. Of course, there are critical issues to resolve, from the need to integrate data across various platforms to concerns about data privacy.