Sanity is something that we all take for granted and I sometimes think that sanity is lost on the sane. When my son lost his sanity, it was difficult for us to grasp. ‘How did this happen?’ we asked ourselves over and over. We all grieved for his loss.
Whn bizarre behavior, once limited to adolescents, like extreme weight loss, public temper tantrums and exhibitionism, are splashed across the front pages of leading newspapers, we know that this behavior can be the start of a mental illness.
But, if we were able to break the deafening silence and get a program that includes mental illness into our school systems, teachers might be in a position to identify the first signs in their students and guide them toward a place where they will be able to get the help they so badly need.