Schizophrenia: Three Moms in the Trenches

Randye Kaye

Schizophrenia in the Family. How do we cope? How can we help? We each have adult sons with schizophrenia and have written acclaimed books about it. We say it like it is, to help families, practitioners and those with SMI (serious mental illness) feel less alone...and learn. Randye Kaye, Mindy Greiling, Miriam Feldman...and guests.

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Housing That Heals: Essential for Many with SMI (Ep 56)
Nov 10 2022
Housing That Heals: Essential for Many with SMI (Ep 56)
guests:- Teresa Pasquini and Lauren Rettagliata, 2 California Moms on a Mission for a System of Care that WorksFrom NAMI CA website: Housing That Heals project:“As two California moms on a mission, we invite you to join our journey across the state and into our future dreams for Housing that Heals for Families Like Ours. Housing That Heals is more than a house, a program, or a room key. It is a system of care that wraps a person in all of the necessary medical, clinical, rehabilitative, and social supports that they need in order to live and die in dignity.We began this journey in 2019, using years of experience as moms, advocates, and community leaders as our compass. We set out looking for solutions that would mend our broken hearts and the broken system. We were hopeful that this would be the year that California would recognize that people who live heroically with serious mental illness need more than “Housing First.” First, they need a full system of care that provides care before, during, and after homelessness, crisis, hospitalization, or incarceration. Housing That Heals is a prevention and intervention plan that will systemically flatten the harm curve for those who live with serious mental illnesses.We ask:What experiences have you had that make housing so important to you? Is there disparity in your state between funding for housing for those with a Serious Mental Illness and Intellectual Developmental Disabilities? Why Housing First and Harm Reduction are not HUD principles that are tied to building affordable housing do not work for many with a Serious Mental Illness? Does Ideology drive the disparity for those with a Serious Mental Illness? Why does your paper talk about marrying the Recovery Model with the Medical Model? What criteria did you use to measure if the housing you visited was Housing That Heals? What Housing have you seen that seems to embody Housing That Heals? Is it possible for this housing to be accessible to those who are on Medicare and enrolled in their states' public system of care?Links: paper: Housing That Heals Facebook Page: is the NY Times Article: and her book: and her book: and her book: Kaye - was a morning Radio Personality bringing humor to CT families when her own son was diagnosed with schizophrenia. Now she is still a Broadcaster, Actress, Voice Talent, Speaker, and Author (Ben Behind his Voices, Happier Made Simple)Miriam Feldman -  is an artist, writer, and the mother of an adult son with schizophrenia. Her book, He Came in With
Housing That Heals: Essential for Many with SMI (Ep 56)
Nov 10 2022
Housing That Heals: Essential for Many with SMI (Ep 56)
guests:- Teresa Pasquini and Lauren Rettagliata, 2 California Moms on a Mission for a System of Care that WorksFrom NAMI CA website: Housing That Heals project:“As two California moms on a mission, we invite you to join our journey across the state and into our future dreams for Housing that Heals for Families Like Ours. Housing That Heals is more than a house, a program, or a room key. It is a system of care that wraps a person in all of the necessary medical, clinical, rehabilitative, and social supports that they need in order to live and die in dignity.We began this journey in 2019, using years of experience as moms, advocates, and community leaders as our compass. We set out looking for solutions that would mend our broken hearts and the broken system. We were hopeful that this would be the year that California would recognize that people who live heroically with serious mental illness need more than “Housing First.” First, they need a full system of care that provides care before, during, and after homelessness, crisis, hospitalization, or incarceration. Housing That Heals is a prevention and intervention plan that will systemically flatten the harm curve for those who live with serious mental illnesses.We ask:What experiences have you had that make housing so important to you? Is there disparity in your state between funding for housing for those with a Serious Mental Illness and Intellectual Developmental Disabilities? Why Housing First and Harm Reduction are not HUD principles that are tied to building affordable housing do not work for many with a Serious Mental Illness? Does Ideology drive the disparity for those with a Serious Mental Illness? Why does your paper talk about marrying the Recovery Model with the Medical Model? What criteria did you use to measure if the housing you visited was Housing That Heals? What Housing have you seen that seems to embody Housing That Heals? Is it possible for this housing to be accessible to those who are on Medicare and enrolled in their states' public system of care?Links: paper: Housing That Heals Facebook Page: is the NY Times Article: and her book: and her book: and her book: Kaye - was a morning Radio Personality bringing humor to CT families when her own son was diagnosed with schizophrenia. Now she is still a Broadcaster, Actress, Voice Talent, Speaker, and Author (Ben Behind his Voices, Happier Made Simple)Miriam Feldman -  is an artist, writer, and the mother of an adult son with schizophrenia. Her book, He Came in With
What Families Want Therapists to Know About Schizophrenia (Ep. 55)
Oct 27 2022
What Families Want Therapists to Know About Schizophrenia (Ep. 55)
Guest: Leah Brennan, Leah Brennan, LMFT, CADC Leah Brennan is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and a Certified Alcohol and Other Drug Counselor.  Leah got connected to 3 Moms In the Trenches through her clients. Over the past five years, she has had four different parents on her caseload who were all confronting the reality that their sons met the criteria for a diagnosis of schizophrenia.  Leah realized that despite her excellent training, she was not adequately equipped to help these parents navigate the challenges they were facing.  Leah has a lot of questions for the 3 Moms community that all center around the theme: "What Do Parents/Families Wish Their Therapist Knew About Schizophrenia?" She asks us:  How can mental health providers better communicate a diagnosis of SMI when we make it? What do therapists/mental health providers need to understand about HIPAA? What should therapists know about THC or other substances being used in relation to dx of SMI?  What should caregivers/advocates/parents look for when partnering with a psychiatrist and treatment team for their child? What kind of mental health support is useful when the family isn’t in crisis/loved one is stable? What needs to be taught at graduate level courses for LMFTs, LCSWs, LCPCs , etc. re: treating families impacted by a diagnosis of SMI? How can/Who should therapists alert and educate in the larger communities BEFORE kids reach the age when symptoms of SMI typically start to manifest? We ask Leah:What can therapy do for me as a parent of a child with a diagnosis of schizophrenia? How would you assure someone who wasn't fully comfortable engaging in therapy that it would be a good use of time/validating? Links:Leah Brennan:  and her book: and her book: and her book:  Hosts:Who:Randye Kaye - was a morning Radio Personality bringing humor to CT families when her own son was diagnosed with schizophrenia. Now she is still a Broadcaster, Actress, Voice Talent, Speaker, and Author (Ben Behind his Voices, Happier Made Simple)Miriam Feldman -  is an artist, writer, and the mother of an adult son with schizophrenia. Her book, "He Came in With It" chronicles her family's story and was released to rave reviews on July 21st, 2020.Mindy Greiling - Mindy Greiling was a member of the Minnesota House of Representatives for twenty years. She helped found the nation's first state mental health caucus, which successfully lobbied for a significant increase in Minnesota's mental health funding Her acclaimed memoir is “Fix What You Can.”
Tell Me I’m Here: SZ Memoir Becomes a Heart-Rending Play (ep. 54)
Oct 21 2022
Tell Me I’m Here: SZ Memoir Becomes a Heart-Rending Play (ep. 54)
In 2022, the memoir Tell Me I’m Here, went from page to stage at the Belvoir Theatre in Sydney, Australia - to universal acclaim - like “a bold work, tackling difficult subject matter with empathy and insight”- and we have the playwright here with us today, with her own story to tell. We are also thrilled that the theatre company used our podcast as part of their research. Please welcome, from the UK, Veronica Nadine Gleeson We ask:What drew you to this project? Any personal connection with schizophrenia or other serious mental illness?Tell us about the process of adapting the work to stage - and when did you begin the play?Where else did you turn for research?What did yo learn that affected you deeply?Has it been produced elsewhere?Can we bring it to the US?What’s ahead for you? Links: Belvoir Theatre on You Tube: Veronica Nadine Gleeson representation: Tell Me I’m Here: and her book: and her book: and her book: Kaye - was a morning Radio Personality bringing humor to CT families when her own son was diagnosed with schizophrenia. Now she is still a Broadcaster, Actress, Voice Talent, Speaker, and Author (“Ben Behind his Voices”)Miriam Feldman -  is an artist, writer, and the mother of an adult son with schizophrenia. Her book, "He Came in With It" chronicles her family's story and was released to rave reviews on July 21st, 2020.Mindy Greiling - Mindy Greiling was a member of the Minnesota House of Representatives for twenty years. She helped found the nation's first state mental health caucus, which successfully lobbied for a significant increase in Minnesota's mental health funding Her acclaimed memoir is “Fix What You Can.”
A Plan of Action for COD (co-occurring disorders): The Harris Project (Episode 53)
Sep 29 2022
A Plan of Action for COD (co-occurring disorders): The Harris Project (Episode 53)
A Plan of Action for COD (co-occurring disorders*): The Harris Project*mental health challenges plus  and substance misuse or addictionWhat comes first: substance use or mental health challenges? It can happen either way.Adolescence is a time of change and challenge. It is also during this time that most mental health disorders arise. In fact, 22% of teens 13-18 have a diagnosable mental health and/or addictive disorders, and 50% of all cases of mental health disorders arise by the age of 14 and 75% by the age of 24 (MHFA.org).We 3 Moms have been there. We share our family story in books and in this podcast, to help others.Our guest has the same mission - to turn heartache into action, and to honor her son. She was recently featured in the NY times, and she’s here with us today. Stephanie Marquesano, mom of Harris (who died at age 19 and had a COD, or co-occuring disorder), is founder and president of the project named for him - with a mission to change the way these two conditions are noticed and treated. We ask: Tell us about Harris. If you had to tell the story of his life before the illness and after the illness in five minutes what would you want us most to know? Early signs: you said in NY times “He was crawling out of his own skin half the time.” - is there anything you wish you had known, anything you wish someone else had known or done? Can you share your journey to find psychological and psychiatric help? The combination of substance abuse and mental illness often co-occurs, and yet… not treated together .   Talk to us  about the “addiction treatment nonsystem” and what should replace it.CODA goals include:Increased awareness and understanding of co-occurring disorders for youth.Increased early intervention for mental health challenges and substance misuse leading to a decline in incidence of youth mental health crises, drug misuse, addiction and overdose.Increased likelihood that those already impacted by co-occurring disorders will seek help and support.Raise a generation without the stigma typically associated with mental health challenges/substance misuse.Encourage youth to positively impact their peers/communities by building connections to each other and being a link to resources. LINKS: @theharrispro Facebook: and her book: and her book: and her book:
Navigating Psychosis & Behavioral Health Systems: Against All Odds: Dr. Gary Tsai (ep. 52)
Sep 15 2022
Navigating Psychosis & Behavioral Health Systems: Against All Odds: Dr. Gary Tsai (ep. 52)
As a psychiatrist and system administrator who grew up with a mother with schizophrenia, Dr. Gary Tsai offers an insider’s perspective on the process of seeking care for serious mental illnesses, informed by both firsthand personal and expert professional experiences.Dr. Tsai is also an award-winning documentary filmmaker and author, physician who is board certified in psychiatry and addiction medicine, and the director of the largest substance use system in the nation.We’ll talk about his story, his documentary called Voices, and the tips in his his new book titled Against All Odds, including:How to approach impacted loved ones and resistanceUnderstanding behavioral health systems, policies, programs, laws, practitioners, and payersIdentifying a good clinician or care teamBeing an effective advocate… And much more.Against All Odds offers tools and strategies to navigate the recovery journey and will reshape your understanding of serious mental illness and behavioral health systems! LINKS: and her book: and her book: and her book:  Hosts:Who:Randye Kaye - was a morning Radio Personality bringing humor to CT families when her own son was diagnosed with schizophrenia. Now she is still a Broadcaster, Actress, Voice Talent, Speaker, and Author (“Ben Behind his Voices”)Miriam Feldman -  is an artist, writer, and the mother of an adult son with schizophrenia. Her book, "He Came in With It" chronicles her family's story and was released to rave reviews on July 21st, 2020.Mindy Greiling - Mindy Greiling was a member of the Minnesota House of Representatives for twenty years. She helped found the nation's first state mental health caucus, which successfully lobbied for a significant increase in Minnesota's mental health funding Her acclaimed memoir is “Fix What You Can.”
Never Truly Out of the Woods - “Long-Haul”  Schizophrenia and the Family (Ep. 51)
Sep 8 2022
Never Truly Out of the Woods - “Long-Haul” Schizophrenia and the Family (Ep. 51)
Living with schizophrenia or other SMI (Serious Mental Illness) in yourself or in your family is like a game of “chutes and ladders” - you’re never really out of the woods, but there are wins (progress, good moments and memories) and hopes along the way. Mimi, Mindy and Randye catch up on the latest family journeys with SZ - life-threatening crises, changes in treatment, finding hope and joy, and resilience - in this opening episode of Season 3.We also preview some upcoming guests, and congratulate the production “Tell Me I’m Here” - a powerful Australian theatre adaptation of  Anne Deveson’s memoir of the same name. Cast and director listened to our podcast for inspiration and understanding, and their show is getting rave reviews and increasing awareness of schizophrenia in the family. - thank you!  LINKS: and her book: and her book: and her book: Kaye - was a morning Radio Personality bringing humor to CT families when her own son was diagnosed with schizophrenia. Now she is still a Broadcaster, Actress, Voice Talent, Speaker, and Author (“Ben Behind his Voices”)Miriam Feldman -  is an artist, writer, and the mother of an adult son with schizophrenia. Her book, "He Came in With It" chronicles her family's story and was released to rave reviews on July 21st, 2020.Mindy Greiling - Mindy Greiling was a member of the Minnesota House of Representatives for twenty years. She helped found the nation's first state mental health caucus, which successfully lobbied for a significant increase in Minnesota's mental health funding. She has served on the national board of the National Alliance on Mental Illness and is the current president of her NAMI county chapter.  Her acclaimed memoir is “Fix What You Can.”
Help! I Don’t Understand SSI/SSDI  - Ep 50, guest: Dani Page, JD
Jul 21 2022
Help! I Don’t Understand SSI/SSDI - Ep 50, guest: Dani Page, JD
SZ 3 moms Ep 50: Help! I Don’t Understand SSI/SSDIGuest: Dani Page §  SOAR (SSI/SSDI, Outreach, Access and Recovery) certified Retired attorney. Instructor on implicit bias in the space of disability.§  Juris Doctorate§  Certified Family to Family facilitator for National Alliance on Mental Illness§  SOAR (SSI/SSDI, Outreach, Access and Recovery) certified—for individuals with behavioral health challenges who are homeless or at risk§  Presenter and facilitator on implicit bias in the space of disability  We ask:Clarification:Dani would like to clarify something from the podcast in which I participated. The maximum a disability attorney or non-attorney advocate can charge is 25% of an applicant's backpay, up to a maximum of $6,000.SSI/SSDI/SSA - please explain the differences!Who makes the disability determination? (DDS)What are the myths about SSI? Will my loved one have to stop working?How to apply - stepsDo I need an attorney?What is SOAR? Can they help? How much does it cost?What materials/records do I need to gather/create?And moreWant us to cover a topic? comment to share?Facebook page @Schizophrenia3Moms@SZ3MomsTrenches -  twitterRandye Kaye -Broadcaster, Actress, Voice Talent, Speaker, and Author (“Ben Behind his Voices”, “Happier Made Simple”)Miriam Feldman – Artist, Mom, Author “He Came in With It”Mindy Greiling – member of the Minnesota House of Representatives for twenty years. Activist, Legislator, Author (“Fix What You Can“)
Pete Earley: A Father’s (and son’s) Search Through America’s Mental Health Madness
Jul 16 2022
Pete Earley: A Father’s (and son’s) Search Through America’s Mental Health Madness
Pete Earley is a storyteller whose books include four New York Times bestsellers, likeThe Hot House and the 2007 Pulitzer Prize finalist Crazy: A Father’s Search Through America’s Mental Health Madness.His years as an investigative journalist include six years at The Washington Post. Pete is a tireless advocate for mental health system reform.Many listeners ask: What about the Dads? Pete Earley knows. He was most recently seen on the PBS documentary “Hiding in Plain Sight” with his son Kevin Mike Earley.In today’s episode we hear their family story, and many thoughts on what we’d like to change about the system - including NAMI. We also touch on the new 988 system, and once again Judge Stephen Leifman in Florida, who envisioned a reform program that would help people reintegrate into society by helping them with housing, relationships, and health care—especially mental health care. We ask:Tell us your story, and Kevin’s story - how have things changed since you wrote “crazy”?988 is rolling out - comments?What has been your experience as a “Dad in the Trenches”? Do you think it’s different from the way Moms tend to handle mental illness in the family?Did your book, Crazy, inspire any changes in the mental illness/prison system?What are your thoughts on the recent direction of NAMI? Are there other organizations who are more about SMI (serious mental illness)?Tell us about Hidden in Plain sight and what that experience meant for Kevin - and for you.What are the most pressing issues today that you are fighting for?What would you most like other Dads to know?Links: Leifman speech: Lifeline and 988 -  NPR 988 story: us to cover a topic? comment to share?Facebook page @Schizophrenia3Moms@SZ3MomsTrenches -  twitterRandye Kaye -Broadcaster, Actress, Voice Talent, Speaker, and Author (“Ben Behind his Voices”, “Happier Made Simple”)Miriam Feldman – Artist, Mom, Author “He Came in With It”Mindy Greiling – member of the Minnesota House of Representatives for twenty years. Activist, Legislator, Author (“Fix What You Can“)
“Our Son Died with His Civil Liberties Intact” - and What We Did Next
Jul 1 2022
“Our Son Died with His Civil Liberties Intact” - and What We Did Next
Episode 48: “Our Son Died with His Civil Liberties Intact” - and What We Did Next One Story of Bedlam - and Activism - in America’s Mental Health CrisisGuests: Norm Ornstein and Judy HarrisYou are about to meet a couple - Norm Ornstein and Judy Harris - who tragically lost their son Matthew in 2015. Matthew had struggled with mental illness for over a decade, and , as listeners of this podcast well know - that means the entire family was affected. After Matthew’s death, Norm and Judy (along with their son Danny), created a foundation in his name, which you’ll learn about in the second half of the podcast. Another project of theirs is the PBS documentary film, The Definition of Insanity looks at one judge’s innovative efforts in Miami to prevent people with mental illness from being treated like criminals…narrated by Norm’s longtime friend Rob Reiner. First, we ask them about Matthews’ story, and, as you will hear, these highly successful activists still live with the feelings that all similar families face - guilt, confusion, anger, and grief. Hear their story…and how they are working to find ways of “taking a tragedy and trying to make something positive,”Links:The Matthew Harris Ornstein Memorial Foundation Definition of Insanity Documentary: :Bedlam: An Intimate Journey Into America's Mental Health Crisis us to cover a topic? comment to share?Facebook page @Schizophrenia3Moms@SZ3MomsTrenches -  twitterRandye Kaye -Broadcaster, Actress, Voice Talent, Speaker, and Author (“Ben Behind his Voices”, “Happier Made Simple”)Miriam Feldman – Artist, Mom, Author “He Came in With It”Mindy Greiling – member of the Minnesota House of Representatives for twenty years. Activist, Legislator, Author (“Fix What You Can“)
Mental Health Crisis on Campus: Steps to Student Support (Episode 45)
May 24 2022
Mental Health Crisis on Campus: Steps to Student Support (Episode 45)
According to NAMI, there is an undeniable and growing mental health crisis that demands both attention and action. Covid-19 has only made things worse.Nearly 2 in 5 adults struggled with mental health issues in 2020, compared to about 1 in 5 adults before the pandemic. Among adults with mental illness, only 46% received treatment in 2020, a number that is far lower among Black Americans (37%), Hispanic/Latinx (35%) and Asian Americans (21%).The crisis is especially acute among youth and young adults, as trends that had already predated the pandemic have turned even more ominous. In 2020, 75% of people aged 18–24 reported at least one mental health or substance use concern. In 2021, emergency department visits for suspected suicide attempts were 51% higher among adolescent girls than in 2020.Today's guests are working to make things better for their fellow students who have mental illness issues.They are Mindy’s cousin's daughter, Claire Orth, who just graduated from the University of North Dakota, and Taylor Keane, her granddaughter, who will graduate from high school in Washington D.C. in two weeks. 1.Please introduce yourself and share how you became interested in mental illness.2. What do you see on your respective campuses so far as fellow students experiencing mental illnesses? Could you give a specific example?3. How have those observations/experiences inspired you to help? (Claire took some training at her school so she could better help fellow students and chose schizophrenia for her senior capstone projects. Taylor also chose mental illness for a school project and for her Youth In Government legislation. She's currently doing an internship at the Treatment Advocacy Center where she is focusing on youth.)4. All of us wrote in our books about missing early signs of our sons' illnesses. Do you think your friends' parents today are doing any better? 5. What would you say to parents whose children are in high school or college and experiencing signs of mental illness? 6. Are your friends aware that young people who smoke marijuana are five times more likely to have psychosis? 7. Have you noticed anything that your schools have done that have helped students? Is mental illness part of the curriculum? School support staff?Links: us to cover a topic? comment to share?Facebook page @Schizophrenia3Moms@SZ3MomsTrenches -  twitterRandye Kaye -Broadcaster, Actress, Voice Talent, Speaker, and Author (“Ben Behind his Voices”, “Happier Made Simple”)Miriam Feldman – Artist, Mom, Author “He Came in With It”Mindy Greiling – member of the Minnesota House of Representatives for twenty years. Activist, Legislator, Author (“Fix What You Can“)
Mental Illness and Faith - How Can Clergy and Congregations Help? (Episode 44)
May 13 2022
Mental Illness and Faith - How Can Clergy and Congregations Help? (Episode 44)
When Mental Illness happens, it happens to the whole family. Do families turn to their houses of faith for help ? And if they do, what happens?We explore this in Episode 44-    with 3 moms, one Rabbi and one Pastor. It doesn’t cover all faiths, of course, but it’s a start.Guests: Rabbi Evan Schultz, Congregation B’Nai Israel, ConnecticutRev. Mariah Furness Tollgaard, PastorQuestions:Are you aware, as a faith leader, about mental health issues (especially SMI) in your congregants?What does your faith say about SMI?How do you, as a faith leader, respond to families dealing with mental illness?Is learning about Mental Illness part of your training?What part does stigma play in talking openly about SMI? - is it taboo to talk about it?How can we as activists/advocates help faith leaders serve their constituents?According to Research (lifeway.inc):Only a quarter of churches (27 percent) have a plan to assist families affected by mental illness according to pastors. And only 21 percent of family members are aware of a plan in their church.Few churches (14 percent) have a counselor skilled in mental illness on staff, or train leaders how to recognize mental illness (13 percent) according to pastors.Two-thirds of pastors (68 percent) say their church maintains a list of local mental health resources for church members. But few families (28 percent) are aware those resources exist.Family members (65 percent) and those with mental illness (59 percent) want their church to talk openly about mental illness, so the topic will not be a taboo. But 66 percent of pastors speak to their church once a year or less on the subject.Links:NAMI FaithNetGuide for Faith Leaders from psychiatry.orgYom Kippur Sermon re mental illnessWant us to cover a topic? comment to share?Facebook page @Schizophrenia3Moms@SZ3MomsTrenches -  twitterRandye Kaye -Broadcaster, Actress, Voice Talent, Speaker, and Author (“Ben Behind his Voices”, “Happier Made Simple”)Miriam Feldman – Artist, Mom, Author “He Came in With It”Mindy Greiling – member of the Minnesota House of Representatives for twenty years. Activist, Legislator, Author (“Fix What You Can“)
Family Support Services - Where Can We Find Help?
Apr 29 2022
Family Support Services - Where Can We Find Help?
We all agree (and letters and comments confirm) - the family feels lost. Doesn’t know what to do, where to turn, to get help with:Finding options and servicesSorting through themPlace to vent and share/run through ideasOur guest today provides that kind of help, and she is here today to share some tips with us. Guest, Bonnie Lane, (from Chicago area) For more than two decades, Bonnie has worked privately with families dealing with mental health issues. She has counseled individuals and families as  they successfully navigate the maze of care and resources available for young and older adults.  Helping families in times of crisis is her mission and her passion.  - The mission? - SUPPORT.  Bonnie will support you on your road to acceptance of the new normal. Why does the family feel so stuck and unsupported? (and need services like yours)?Do you have a personal story that led you to do this work?What are the top areas of need? (legal? social services - benefits etc? emotional help for family?)What are the top tips you can share with our listeners to get the information, ideas, and support they need?Re your services:How much does it cost?Are you aware of other companies like yours in your  area or other areas?  Does any insurance cover your services and if so do you  take MA? What you do sounds important and needed, but is it only available for those with financial resources? Links: the YouTube link for the CATCH presentation. CATCH L and L - Creating a Game PlanWant us to cover a topic? comment to share?Facebook page @Schizophrenia3Moms@SZ3MomsTrenches -  twitterRandye Kaye -Broadcaster, Actress, Voice Talent, Speaker, and Author (“Ben Behind his Voices”, “Happier Made Simple”)Miriam Feldman – Artist, Mom, Author “He Came in With It”Mindy Greiling – member of the Minnesota House of Representatives for twenty years. Activist, Legislator, Author (“Fix What You Can“)
Money and Mental Illness: The Effect of Finances on Family Mental Health
Feb 23 2022
Money and Mental Illness: The Effect of Finances on Family Mental Health
We talk a lot about the emotional stress and shock of caring for someone with SMI, but what about the financial shock? Is debt an issue? How does your loved one handle money? How do you get services? Do the wealthy have better support? Do families have to go broke to have support, and what is the additional emotional effect of money on the family mental health?Savannah Price, in the UK, is doing research on this - and today we turn the tables and let her interview us. Savannah is building a company to improve the mental and financial resilience of young people with mental health problems by targeting the vicious cycle between money management and poor mental health.We talk about:financial shocks the vicious cycle between poor mental health and dysregulated spending financial literacyFamily responsibilityAnd look at another, international, health system of “care”About Savannah:Savannah is originally from South Africa, but moved to the UK for university. She started her career as a geologist before launching an Equestrian competition and sales business in Ireland. She most recently completed her MBA at the University of Oxford and is starting a company in Mental Health. She has a strong history of mental illness and disability in her family - she has a sister with schizophrenia, another with bipolar and her youngest sister has autism with significant learning disabilities.Given her lived experience, she is currently doing research into how money and mental health are interrelated, and how having serious mental health problems impacts families financially and emotionally.Not only do many mental health problems result in financial strain for young people and their families, but ultimately the breakdown of supporting relationships over time. To address these problems, we are working to develop personal “relapse signatures” for young people who suffer from dysregulated financial behaviours due to mental health problems such as personality disorders, bipolar, psychosis, depression, anxiety, gambling, substance use disorders and ADHD. We do this by overlaying spending patterns with other data you can get from a mobile phone, to track symptoms of poor mental health. This then allows us to tailor products and services according to their goals/needs, and improve wellbeing, both financial and otherwise. What it can also do, is give their loved ones insight into our users' mental and financial state in real-time, to flag risk and possibly intervene before there is a crisis - all the while advocating for agency and empowerment. Our mission is to blaze the trail for preventative healthcare through behavioural finance.If anyone wants to learn more or to get involved with the research and product design - they are more than welcome to reach me on sav@price.mba, or my LinkedIn.Want us to cover a topic? Facebook page @Schizophrenia3MomsRandye Kaye -Broadcaster, Actress, Voice Talent, Speaker, and Author (“Ben Behind his Voices”, Happier Made Simple)Miriam Feldman – Artist, Mom, Author “He Came in With It”Mindy Greiling – member of the Minnesota House of Representatives for twenty years. Activist, Legislator, Author (“Fix What You Can“)