Julie Steinberg is My Hero

08/31/2014 12:08 PM

09/01/2014 10:43 AM

Re "A story of overcoming" (Page A1, Aug. 31): The hero in this article, for me, is Julie Steinberg. In my 20 years experience working in, with and against our fragile public mental health system, I've been inspired by the mothers. They often hang in when everyone else gives up on their ill child or adult child. I can say this because I'm such a mother. On July 23, my 45-year-old son, Patrick, passed away unexpectedly while in a hospital psych ward. He tried so hard for so long against great odds. So did I. Our current knowledge about mental illness -- how to treat it and how to navigate the politics of it -- is still in the dark ages. I applaud Jordana Steinberg for speaking out. I wish her continued success on her journey. And to Julie I say, as I do to all dedicated mothers of the mentally ill, "God bless you." -- Demerris Ranahan, Lincoln

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