Schizophrenia: Three Moms in the Trenches

Channeling Grief and Anger into Advocacy and Acceptance - guest Jerri Clark

December 17, 2021 Randye Kaye Season 2 Episode 7
Schizophrenia: Three Moms in the Trenches
Channeling Grief and Anger into Advocacy and Acceptance - guest Jerri Clark
Show Notes

What if: the mental health system would pay more attention, take more steps to help , before tragedy, violence, or crime finally calls attention to symptoms of SMI (serious mental illness)?

What if Darrell Brooks (charged with murder after plowing his mother’s car into a parade in Wisconsin) had been helped, and treated, instead of ignored or imprisoned? His mother, Dawn Woods, wrote a letter to the media. She, too, is a “mom in the trenches”. So is journalist/advocate/mindfulness coach Jerri Clark, our guest for this episode.

What if Jerri’s son Calvin had received treatment, despite his “civil right ”to refuse it - although the refusal itself is a symptom of his illness?

She says: 

 “I watched my son delivered into society’s underbelly by design. He spent months homeless, met law enforcement again and again, and tried multiple times to die. These traumas are part of a tragic inventory of the requirements for public assistance when someone has a serious mental illness”

Her son Calvin was 23 when he died from suicide March 18, 2019. 

She is the founder of MOMI–Mothers of the Mentally Ill, and talks with us about her family story, and her path to purpose and redefining her life - and Calvin’s life.



Links:

Pete earley’s post:

http://www.peteearley.com/2019/01/14/a-poignant-pbs-segment-jerri-clark-describes-her-familys-struggle-to-get-help-for-son-with-his-mental-illness/

PBS link: (Brief But Spectacular segment on PBS news hour)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1ozj7TvpDHI 

 

Jerri’s Story:

https://kansasalumnimagazine.org/my-sons-story/

 

 

Who Are the 3 Moms?

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Randye Kaye -Broadcaster, Actress, Voice Talent, Speaker, and Author (Ben Behind his Voices”)

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“)