Two days before Adam Lanza’s lethal rampage at an elementary school in Newtown, Connecticut, Liza Long’s thirteen-year-old son was hospitalized at an acute mental health facility. When she learned about the shooting, her first thought was, “What if my son does that someday?” She then wrote a blog that went viral called, “I am Adam Lanza’s Mom.”
Drawing from her experience raising a son with bipolar disorder, and her extensive research leading to her book, “The Price of Silence: A Mom’s Perspective on Mental Illness,” Liza Long will share her journey and all that she has learned about how we address mental health, especially in children. Speaking about how children are funneled through a system of education, mental health care, and juvenile detention that leads far too often to prison, Liza asks one central question: If there is a poster child for cancer, why can’t there be one for mental illness. The answer is stigma. Liza is speaking in a voice that we cannot help but hear, and she won’t stop until something changes for children who have mental illness and their families.