Know a teenager who self-harms?

I did, too.


Here you will find my account of our family's experience with juvenile self harm, psychiatric hospitals, medications, and therapists.

Statistics show that this behavior is on the rise, especially for girls. We must reclaim our adolescents by confronting this and its accompanying mental health issues, talking openly about it, and being a support to those in crises.

Please share this with anyone it might help so that they will know...

You  are not alone. 

** Chapters uploaded as I complete them. 

Intro to parents journey into juvenile mental health

Luke 12:34

“But watch yourselves lest your hearts be weighed down with dissipation and drunkenness and cares of this life, and that day come upon you suddenly like a trap.”

My reliance on a sleeping medication, Ambien CR, had been ongoing for about six years.  My difficu...

February 21, 2018

Found in Grace's journal

Proverbs 4:19

“The way of the wicked is like darkness; They do not know over what they stumble.”

The story might start seven years ago when Grace stopped seeing her father. Regardless of the reasons, among them pornography on open display at his h...

Matthew 5:37

But let your ‘Yes’ be ‘Yes,’ and your ‘No,’ ‘No.’ For whatever is more than these is from the evil one.

Now, because Grace had begun seeing her counselor weekly and we then added seeing a psychiatrist to monitor her medication every three weeks - Grace was m...

February 19, 2018

1 Peter 5:8 

Be sober-minded; be watchful. Your adversary the devil prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour.

Things seem to go fine for Grace at St. Rita’s initially. I had a blessing of entering a research phase with my job, so I was able to work fr...

February 18, 2018

My child's stay at a psychiatric hopsital

The blending of two families exacerbated an already difficult time with a self harming teen girl.

My teen daughter arrives home after her stay at a psychiatric hospital.

Psalm 107:4

They wandered lost in the wilderness, alone and out of the way; they found no city to dwell in.

If you have never had an encounter with the Child Protective Services, it goes like this:

They call or simply show up.

They tell you they have received a call or a r...

My teen attends mandated psychiatric outpatient school

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