Re "A story of overcoming mental illness" (Page A1, Aug. 30): The California Association of School Psychologists wishes to thank Jordana Steinberg and her family for agreeing to tell her journey from anger to healing as she struggled with childhood mental illness. Her courage and honesty are inspiring.
School professionals, including school psychologists, counselors, and social workers are often the first to help identify students' psychological or behavioral distress. We hope that the article about Steinberg will provide a path for students and their families who face the challenges of mental illness to reach out to school and community professionals. Encourage students to talk with an adult at home or at school.
Parents can request information and resources from school professionals. Help, including appropriate diagnosis and treatment, may be just a phone call away.
-- Barbara D'Incau, Ph.D, CASP president, Sacramento