Liza Long: "The Price of Silence: A Mom's Perspective on Mental Illness"

Liza Long's son, Michael. - Liza Long

Liza Long's son, Michael.

Liza Long

Liza Long: "The Price of Silence: A Mom's Perspective on Mental Illness"

Two days after the shooting massacre at Sandy Hook elementary school, a woman in Idaho blogged “I am Adam Lanza’s mother.” Her essay about raising her violent mentally-ill teenage son went viral. In a new book, she describes the lack of resources and support available to children with mental disorders.

When Liza Long heard about the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School two years ago, her first thought was: What if my son does that someday? Her 13-year-old son had just been hospitalized in a mental facility for violent behavior. Two days after Adam Lanza killed his mother, 20 children, six teachers, and then himself, Long posted an emotional response on her blog titled: “I am Adam Lanza’s mother.” Her article went viral. Her essay became a rallying cry for better access to treatment for mentally-ill children. Guest host Tom Gjelten talks with Liza Long about her new book on raising a son with a mental illness.

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Liza Long

author and mental health advocate

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Reprinted by arrangement with Hudson Street Press, a member of Penguin Random House (USA) Inc., from The Price of Silence by Liza Long. Copyright © 2014 by Liza Long.

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