Welcome! We are so happy to have you join us!
I’m Diana, the founder and mental health educator of Our Conversation Column.
Let me introduce my good friend, Jan, our dedicated writer, editor and also, mental health educator. We are grateful to have him on our team.
Together, we created this column because we are parents with lived experience, that is, as parents we have seen our loved ones – our family members and our close friends - as well as our co-workers and neighbors, suffer from the anguish and havoc that mental illness inflicts. And we know firsthand how the families and friends of those with mental illness suffer along with them.
We all pay a heavy price, especially for ignorance and the stigma surrounding mental illness, even though resources and treatments exist. Yet so many are forgotten, undiagnosed and untreated.
Jan and I have a passion for mental health awareness and education – to provide resources that are so desperately needed, particularly now, in these difficult, uncertain and disorientating times.
The efforts of so many mental health agencies, organizations, therapists, and local programs have been crippled by this COVID-19 pandemic The services that parents, teachers, and our communities have relied on for so many years have been seriously compromised, or even have ceased to exist. For the many who have come to depend on the usual mental health support structure, an abyss has opened up.
Jan and I are usually busy, providing NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness) classes and working with local mental health professionals, organizations, schools and businesses in our community. But not since we've all been social distancing.
So now here we are to help fill that gap for you.
Our goal is to give you a twice-monthly column that delivers current mental health information and educational resources, tools, videos, articles and support programs that focus on how to get and maintain the vital mental health support you and your loved ones need.
We hope you find our offerings helpful.