Speak Up for Kids!

I am a writer, eAbbey Roadducator, mental health advocate, and mother of four amazing children, one of whom has bipolar disorder. I started my blog, The Anarchist Soccer Mom, in 2007, where I first published the  essay, “I Am Adam Lanza’s Mother” when my family’s personal tragedy intersected with the public tragedy of Newtown. I spoke at TEDx San Antonio in October 2013 and regularly contribute to Huffington Post and Psychology Today. My essays have also been published on Time.com, MariaShriver.com, MIndBodyGreen,.com, ParentMap.com, and TheMighty.com. My book, The Price of Silence: A Mom’s Perspective on Mental Illness, was described by Kirkus Review as “a searing indictment of the lack of affordable care available for the treatment of mentally ill adolescents.” I was featured as an expert in the 2018 HBO documentary “A Dangerous Son.”

National Book Award winner Andrew Solomon has this to say about The Price of Silence: “In this courageous, determined, radical book, Liza Long exposes the dearth of alternatives for parents of kids with mental illnesses, the shame that attends their perceived failures, and the hope that such families may find their collective voice and demand better options.  I hope her passionate cry is heard far and wide.”

I have spoken to groups across the country about the importance of ending stigma and providing real solutions for children and families. Watch my March 2016 National Council on Behavioral Health Convention speech here.

In April 2016, my son Eric spoke at TEDx Boise about growing up with bipolar disorder. You can watch his talk here.

I encourage everyone to speak up for kids and to help our society to end the stigma of mental illness.  There are real solutions for hope and recovery. But first, we have to talk about the problem.

If you feel you are in crisis, please call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline. It is a free, 24-hour hotline, at 1.800.273.TALK (8255). You will be connected to the crisis center nearest you. If you are experiencing an emergency, call 911 or go to your nearest emergency room.