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$1,220.00 raised to date

$2,500.00 personal goal

48% goal reached

My personal message

BIOGRAPHY: I am a “retired” child and adolescent psychiatrist. Because the family is the bio-psycho-social-spiritual foundation of every human life, I emphasized treating children in the context of their family during my career. Since August 2015, I have been working two days per week at Taycheedah, the women's prison in Wisconsin. I am treating women who had no access to mental health treatment as children, and 85% of whom experienced unimaginable childhood trauma resulting in severe PTSD. For these women, their only "safety net" was running away at age 14. None of the ones with whom I have discussed this ever heard of the safety net that most of us believe is there for them. For these women, the only relief available for PTSD is heroin (and other opioids): "It takes away the feelings." Can we not do better? We need to BREAK–THE–CYCLE of Children's Mental Illnesses. MOTIVATION: Despite all the talk about "children being our future," and the "importance of mental health," our society has not made either issue a priority. This is my 38th year as a child, adolescent, young adult, and family psychiatrist. I believe children are at greater risk for mental illness than when I began my career. There have been changes in the structure of our families, neighborhoods, and communities. There have been changes in the culture. Treating children and adolescents, while they are children and adolescents, reduces the incidence of mental illness in adulthood, as well as reducing adult morbidity and mortality from mental illness. Treating children and adolescents leads to their having more of an opportunity to form healthy families as adults. Dr. Andres Martin has provided a vehicle (pun intended) for people from all walks of life, all backgrounds, all ages, and every locality, to utilize their time, energy, money, and political influence into "breaking the cycle."

 

Donations
  • William James Swift - $150.00
  • Douglas A. Kramer, MD - $100.00
  • Anonymous - $100.00
  • Jack Westman - $100.00
  • Anonymous - $100.00
  • Lyn and Lyman wible - $100.00
  • Anonymous - $50.00
  • Anonymous - $50.00
  • Bill Johnson - $50.00
  • Janet Fujka - $50.00
  • Jennifer Harris - $50.00
  • Jeff Charlson - $50.00
  • Thomas Haller - $50.00
  • Tim and Elly - $50.00
  • Sheriff David Mahoney - $50.00
  • Nora Edie - $50.00
  • Anonymous - $25.00
  • Paul Counsell - $25.00
  • Terry Spencer - $20.00

 

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